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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 aristocratic soldier-turned-sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr when his friend, surgeon and “anatomist” Paul Gibson, illegally buys the cadaver of a young man from London’s infamous body snatchers.A rising star at the Foreign Office, Mr.
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Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by NAL (first published January 1st 2011)
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Phrynne
Jun 02, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
This is such a good series and it just keeps getting better and better. As with the previous books this one is full to bursting with dead bodies, political intrigue, mystery and historical interest. All very good indeed.
However its main strength is in its wonderful characters and in particular of course, Sebastian and Hero. There is so much chemistry between the two of them and one day they are going to have to admit it to themselves.
Special note to Hero's big scene where she shows us exactly w
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Jonetta
Sebastian St. Cyr finds himself in an unusual dilemma when his friend and surgeon, Paul Gibson, works on a resurrected body of a young man who reportedly died of heart failure but determines he was murdered. Sebastian must surreptitiously investigate without disclosing how he came to know of the true circumstances of Alexander Ross' death. In the meantime, he's also preparing for his marriage in less than a week.

This was SO good! Bodies piling up and the list of suspects longer than manageable,
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Jennifer
Mar 24, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, historical
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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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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Kim
Mar 21, 2011 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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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Christa
Dec 23, 2015 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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Lauren
Where Shadows Dance
5 Stars

Sebastian St. Cyr comes to the aid of his friend, anatomist Paul Gibson, who has discovered that his newly acquired “speciman” is, in fact, a murder victim. As an employee of the Foreign Office, Alexander Ross’s death leads Sebastian to the upper echelons of the diplomatic corps with suspects from Turkey, Russia, Sweden, France and the United States. What would be important enough for these people to risk war in order to conceal?

The mystery returns once again to the pol
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❆ Crystal ❆
4 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book. The ending was perfect! I can't wait to read more in the series.
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
Jun 18, 2016 Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Well, I just have to say Hero is my HERO! I just love her. Early in this series, I didn't care much for her, but she has certainly been given a lot more depth in this book and her character is both complicated with her various interests and then very simple in her devotion to family and values. The book centers around solving who is murdering prominent people in London, but the side stories and the wonderful characters that come to life in this series make it addictive. I learned a good deal mor ...more
Aquavit
Apr 03, 2011 Aquavit rated it it was ok
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.
Be Fisher
I loved this one, there were some humorous parts that had me laughing ( rather unexpected to find some humor in a murder mystery ). And of course the mystery was great. I do agree with some other reviewers , in that she doesn't need to describe certain details over and again in each new book that comes out in the series ( but if she does , it's ok , I love this series and will continue to read them). Hero completely redeemed herself in this one , maybe that's why I enjoyed this one so much , tha ...more
Elis Madison
Anatomists in the Regency era didn't find it easy to study anatomy. Cadavers available for study were not exactly thick on the ground. Which is why Paul Gibson quite illegally pays grave robbers for his supply. The trouble begins when he requests a certain specific corpse, that of a young man said to have died of heart trouble. Only it turns out the young man was murdered.

It's not like Gibson can drop by a magistrate and expose the murder, so he enlists Sebastian St. Cyr to discreetly investigat
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Sarah
Jul 27, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, reviewed
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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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Katie
Mar 20, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
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
Quinby6696 Frank
Feb 03, 2013 Quinby6696 Frank rated it really liked it
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
Susan
Mar 02, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
I've not liked the series as much the more I read, and I've come to the conclusion is because the writing itself is lacking. In a series, you of course get repeat descriptions of characters who were introduced in earlier books, but her descriptions are the same in each book, almost verbatim. I sometimes feel she tries too hard to use the language of the period, but doesn't quite succeed. It's a shame, as I felt like the first book was quite good and showed great promise, but the latter ones aren ...more
Tina
Mar 14, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2011-reads
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.
Jo Ann
Apr 12, 2016 Jo Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
Reread 2016 - keeping my original rating of 5 stars. The mystery in this book is very complicated and I'm not sure I understood all the nuances any better the second time around. Lots of bodies and lots of suspects in a sea of political intrigue. What makes this book a 5 star read is the evolving relationship between Sebastian and Hero - a pure joy to read.
Veronica
Upping it to five stars upon re-read. My original review here.
Pamela Aidan
Sep 18, 2015 Pamela Aidan rated it liked it
Entry 6 in the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries was not as satisfying as it's predecessors, I must confess. I still thoroughly enjoy the characters, especially the increasing reveal of Hero Jarvis as a strong-willed quandry in Sebastian's life. Hero is, thankfully, not shrill, silly, or bull-headed like so many "strong-willed" heroines in Regency era stories, but a woman of intellect and circumspection with a large degree of "bottom," as they would say back then. Now that she and Sebastian are joined ...more
Donna
Apr 12, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
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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Angela
Apr 07, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
I found this installment a bit harder to get into than previous books, however once the action started I was all in. Great mystery, chemistry and characters. I really enjoyed Gibson having a larger role in this book and he provided (along with Sebastian) some of the lighter, comedic parts. However now that I know what Paul Gibson does with spare body parts from autopsies, I may never look at visits to his house in the same light.

Recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery and enjoys being surpr
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Anusriya
Apr 22, 2015 Anusriya rated it really liked it
Much better than the previous book.loved Hero! :)
Jordan
Feb 02, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it
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Gina
Aug 23, 2015 Gina rated it it was amazing
I complete agree with all the other reviewers who say the mystery in this one was convoluted and hard to follow. You don't have to have a degree in European history with a graduate degree emphasis in 1800-1820's England to understand it, but it would help follow all the agents of Sweden, Russia, England, France, and America who make up the suspects in multiple murders. Do yourself a favor. Flip to the back and read the author's notes before reading the story. It will help.

Otherwise, I just love
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Richard Stueber
Jul 20, 2015 Richard Stueber rated it it was amazing
In 1812 Our Hero Sebastian St. Cyr has got a lot on his mind. He has found out that his supposed father, Lord Alistair St. Cyr, is not really his father, though he is accepted by him as his heir. Also he is preparing to marry Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his enemy Charles Lord Jarvis, principal adviser to the Regent of England, the future George IV. Due to an emergency love-making during a critical situation Hero is pregnant by Sebastian.
Meanwhile there are quite a number of murders going on amo
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I looked forward to this new episode of the Sebastian St. Cyr adventures and was not disappointed in spite of what seemed unnecessarily convoluted plot. As always, Ms. Harris delivered an enjoyable read and, though I'm not terribly familiar with the time period, one that seems historically accurate. I've always liked the fact that the author adds a historical note at the end of the story stating what is actual historical fact and what she has invented. In one episode, Sebastian takes Hero to on
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May Mostly Romance
Jun 23, 2014 May Mostly Romance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
เรืองชุดนีเปนชุดทียิงอานยิงถลำลึก นันคือยิงติดคะ มาถึงเลมนีอยางไมรูตัวเลยนะคะ เราพบวาตัวเองติดหนึบ และรักคาแรคเตอรในชุดมาก ๆ

คงตองบอกวา เราแทบจะถลาไปหยิบเลมนีมาอานทันทีทีอาน What Remains of Heaven จบเลยละคะ และไมใชเพราะพลอตสืบสวนหรอกนะคะทีทำใหเรารูสึกอยากอานขนาดนัน เพราะสวนสืบสวนในเรืองชุดนี จะจบไปแตละเลมโดยไมไดมีความสัมพันธกัน แตสวนความสัมพันธทีเราพูดหลายครังวา นำเนาเหลือเกินของเซบาสเตียนตางหากทีเปนตัวเรียกแขก เพราะแมจะพูดวานำเนานะคะ แตนีกคือสิงทีทำใหหนังสือ และละครหลายเรืองฮิตติดลมบน เรากเปนหน
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Liane
Jun 01, 2014 Liane rated it it was ok
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