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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,759 ratings  ·  214 reviews
The “rich period detail [and] riveting action”* C.S. Harris delivers in her Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series reaches new heights as the aristocratic sleuth navigates dangerous political waters to bring a murderer to justice…
Regency London: July 1812.How do you set about solving a murder no one can reveal has been committed?That’s the challenge confronting C.S. Harris’s ari
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by NAL Hardcover (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kim
I really wish that I could give this book more than three stars, because there are some really good things about it. The author clearly does research the period and it is interesting to have actual people and events woven into the narrative. I also like the two main characters, particularly Hero who is full of spunk.

However, Ms Harris' writing seems to bring out my inner pedant, which is something I find hugely frustrating when I read a novel. For example, a minor character towards the beginnin
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Jennifer
Mar 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Shelves: historical, mystery
I'd planned to take my time with this book. Planned to take my time and read it slowly because I know it's likely to be awhile before we get the next installment.

I started it last night at about 10:00 and finished it at about 3:00am.

So much for my big plans, huh?

Once I started reading, I literally could not force myself to stop. For me, though, it wasn't so much the mystery that kept me reading as it was for the interaction between Sebastian and Hero. While the mysteries themselves are always so
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Sarah
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LJ
First Sentence: A cool wind gusted up, rustling the branches of the trees overhead and bringing with it the unmistakable clatter of wooden wheels approaching over cobblestones.

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is surprised by an early morning visit from his friend Paul Gibson. Paul, surgeon who practices dissection and autopsies, received a body from the snatchers. The young man was said to have died of a heart attack but was murdered. Who better to turn then Devlin, an investigator with a sta
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Aquavit
The plot drug on. The descriptive phrases used for each major character get used over and over again. Hendon's blue eyes, Miss Jarvis's attitude and mode of dress, St. Cyr's yellow eyes, catlike reflexes, blar blar blar.

I have to stop buying these.
Veronica
Four and a half stars

I may have a new favorite for the series here. Nope, no question about it, new favorite. Picking up roughly 2-3 weeks after the last book, we find that Gibson, Sebastian's anatomist/surgeon friend has inadvertently stumbled upon a murder of a governmental official. Of course, Sebastian can't help but get involved. Now I'm not going to lie, this mystery left me a bit confused. There was too much political stuff going on for me to feel like I ever had a good grasp on things, w
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Jordan
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Katie
You know, I was all set to hate Hero and hate the fact that Sebastian wasn't with Kat, since they obviously belonged together. I kept waiting to see how the author was going to take care of the whole honor-bound marriage to Hero and get Sebastian and Kat together, even if she didn't finish that in this book. But now I wonder. I don't think Kat would ever let herself be talked into marriage with Sebastian, and the last scene in the book makes me start to be okay with this. I began liking Hero mor ...more
Donna
While preparing for a large change in his personal life, Sebastian St. Cyr investigates the murder of a diplomat who was thought to have died in his sleep.

I love Sebastian and Hero, which is good, because this one is mostly worth reading for their story. The mystery plot was dull and clumsy and not interesting enough to justify how complicated it was. I was disappointed to see Sebastian turn into one of those sleuths that merely wanders back and forth between suspects asking uncomfortable questi
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Quinby6696 Frank
Continuing my obsession with my now best friend, C.S. Harris, I like these mysteries better and better. Sebastian (spoiler alert) must now wed Hero Jarvis, daughter of his worst enemy, but, as always, Harris throws in her usual monkey wrenches. My daughter loves the books, but asked me if I had anything a bit lighter since they are so full of gore. I guess I'm just ghoulish -- doesn't bother me at all. I especially love Sebastian's friend, Paul Gibson, who does all the dissections. I'm beginning ...more
May Mostly Romance
เรื่องชุดนี้เป็นชุดที่ยิ่งอ่านยิ่งถลำลึก นั่นคือยิ่งติดค่ะ มาถึงเล่มนี้อย่างไม่รู้ตัวเลยนะคะ เราพบว่าตัวเองติดหนึบ และรักคาแร็คเตอร์ในชุดมาก ๆ

คงต้องบอกว่า เราแทบจะถลาไปหยิบเล่มนี้มาอ่านทันทีที่อ่าน What Remains of Heaven จบเลยล่ะค่ะ และไม่ใช่เพราะพล็อตสืบสวนหรอกนะคะที่ทำให้เรารู้สึกอยากอ่านขนาดนั้น เพราะส่วนสืบสวนในเรื่องชุดนี้ จะจบไปแต่ละเล่มโดยไม่ได้มีความสัมพันธ์กัน แต่ส่วนความสัมพันธ์ที่เราพูดหลายครั้งว่า น้ำเน่าเหลือเกินของเซบาสเตียนต่างหากที่เป็นตัวเรียกแขก เพราะแม้จะพูดว่าน้ำเน่านะคะ แต่
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Liane
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Tina
Quick read.

I only gave it three stars because honestly the murder mystery plot was a bit too byzantine even for those us who like a twisty tale. At the denouement I, shamefully, lost track of who killed who and why.

But on the upside I remain a Hero advocate. At one point in the book, Hero extricates herself very awesomely from a bit of trouble and it made me love her more.

For people who are Sebastian/Hero fans (as I am), this book will make you smile. Especially the very end.
Kate
This time, Sebastian sets out to solve a murder of a young, healthy man who worked in the foreign office and whose death was explained as a weak heart. Only, his anatomist friend Paul Gibson knows the real cause of death was a stiletto strike thanks to his illegal postmortem. Sebastian undertakes the case and finds the blame being passed between the representatives of Sweden, France, Turkey, and Russia as England is still entrenched in the Napoleonic Wars and fearful that the newly formed United ...more
Astrid
Sebastian is a league of his own. This series has a quality to it that is hard to describe. Just love it. And it keeps getting better.
Pat
I enjoyed the premise of the book--21st century forensic concepts practiced by a 18th/19th century characters. But the title says more than the book--the characters were like paper dolls, tissue paper dolls. And we're supposed to believe that the main character and his fiancee were capable of killing bad guys. I found it difficult. Too many villains and a tissue thin plot. I couldn't remember the ending and then I reread the last few chapters only to realize I had finished the book and couldn't ...more
Jude
Plot wise, nothing new... again. But, since it's related to the history during that time and it was well-put, even bringing in Napoleon and the French Revolution, and that I didn't even guess correctly who the killer or killersss are, maybe 2/3, this was better than the previous installment. Got to see Hero in action as well, more "screen time"--and more killing.

On a side note, I guess there would be no more Kat and her AUBURN hair in the next installment. x)

And another note, this mystery serie
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Renae (Respiring Thoughts)
And C.S Harris does it again! After the last couple of books I was starting to think that maybe this series had peaked and was now on a steady decline. I guess I was wrong. Where Shadows Dance is probably my favorite Sebastian St. Cyr mystery, because for once Harris managed to get the fabulous mystery/convulted private life combination just right—normally her books are too focused on one or the other.

The murder that Sebastian investigated this time was his most difficult, since his friend Gibso
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Cornerofmadness
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Riccarla Roman
Another Sebastian St. Cyr book! (If you could see me now, I am doing my best Regency happy dance). I don't even care what he's doing - he's back.

Actually, it's a good thing that he is so charming because this mystery was the most intricate one yet. As he prepares for his upcoming wedding, he gets summoned by his physician friend Paul Gibson. Paul had had a body dug up, a young man who worked for the British government. He supposedly died in his sleep, but the stiletto wound at the base of his ne
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Sharon
This is the sixth of the Sebastian St. Cyr novels, the which I am reading in order.

In this outing, St. Cyr is preparing to marry Hero Jarvis. His friend, surgeon Paul Gibson, has paid Jumpin' Jack (the local "resurrection man") to bring him a body to dissect; he's been told a young man died of a heart attack. Well, it turns out that the young man is a murder victim -- so Gibson brings his friend St. Cyr into the mix.

Of course, things immediately become complicated. The victim works for the Forei
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Lola
While I struggled with the murder plot and all the political powers, I understood the gist of it. The Americans declaring war, traitor(s) and multiple murders, all these while arranging a wedding. This time I enjoyed the mystery and guessing who the murderer(s) is. C.S Harris kept throwing me off with red herrings and other possibilities but it was wrapped up nicely. In the midst of this, Sebastian knows Hero and her father know more about the crime. I especially loved reading from Hero's point ...more
A.
Series: 6th in Sebastian St. Cyr Regency Mysteries
Main Character: Sebastian St. Cyr (Viscount Devlin) a veteran of the Peninsula wars with Napoleon and a nobleman with an ingrained sense of justice.

Setting: 1812 London England
Obtained Through: Publisher for an honest review

Sebastian's friend, Paul Gibson, is an anatomist who gets dead bodies to learn from as a surgeon. He specifically wants the body of a young man who was reported to die from a heart problem so he can further his knowledge of su
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Hafiza
I loved this book.

The mystery was not as engrossing as in the previous book, predominantly because it was a political murder. There were so many plot threads that at one point my eyes crossed. It was hard for me to be that interestered in the murder mystery, because I really read this series for Sebastien and Hero.

Nonetheless, the best part of the mystery part was that Hero was involved in helping Sebastien track the culprits. She proved herself his equal in everyway.

Now the romantic triangle: I
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Irishgirl1247
I really like this series. I was a little doubtfull about this one in the beginning and even sometimes in the middle. Mainly because the crazy political schemes almost overwhelm sometimes, but I think the author did a good job of not letting them get out of hand. I also found this one was a slightly different kind of silly then usual. The suspects were a very eclectic group and all the posibilities almost reminded me of Clue the movie. Well what if it was the swede at docks.. or the frenk book d ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
The Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries are some of my favorites and I have been waiting for almost a year for Where Shadows Dance to be released. It was worth the wait. C.S. Harris has used the history of the time to write an outstanding mystery and I think Where Shadows Dance is one the best books of the series. England in 1812 is dealing with problems with France, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The events during this time are the backdrop for the story in Where Shadows Dance.

Sebastian St. Cry
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Linda O
Mar 17, 2011 Linda O rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Series lovers. Those who like to develop a relationship with the main character(s).
Pub. March 2011 342 pages. Most recent addition to the series of Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, which I am always looking forward to. I like the writer's style, the main plot being interwoven with other, continuing but enriching subplots. Currently on Pg. 212, I'm forming a loose idea of what's behind the double murders, but Harris gives us numerous possibilities.

Sebastian's love life becomes more complicated that ever, in that he has offered marriage to Hero Jarvis, the daughter of him most power
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Searock
:) This series remains a favorite and this book is one of the best. The recurring characters are all wonderful. There's humor and witty banter and historical shenanigans and lots of action. The romance has some complexity and is quite angsty and compelling (hooray for some glimmers of hope on that front). The romance, although not a major focus, is my favorite part and *possible spoiler* I felt thrilled when Sebastian realized some new feelings for Hero during a critical time in this story. I al ...more
Cheryl A
I discovered this series a couple of months ago and have been reading them (in order, of course!) quite quickly. I have enjoyed the mysteries in which Devlin find himself involved - his sense of justice and finding honor for victims of untimely deaths create a plausible premise for the activities of a titled gentleman of means. The ongoing thread of his parentage and relationship with his father add to the suspense.

Having said that, I found this installment a bit lacking on the "hook" factor. Wh
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Susan
I really enjoyed this entry into a series that is getting better and better; the only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because I felt the ending felt rushed and bogged down in almost incomprehensible diplomatic intrigues and alliances. A young diplomat dies of natural causes in his sleep, but a secret autopsy (carried out by St. Cyr's surgeon friend Paul Gibson) reveals that a stiletto driven through the base of the man's skull was the actual cause of death. St. Cyr agrees to investigate, but fo ...more
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Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the new C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances. She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of the French Revolution. Her books ...more
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