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Where Serpents Sleep: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery (Sebastian St. Cyr #4)

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Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, enlists Sebastian St. Cyr's help in investigating the brutal murders of eight prostitutes.
Following a trail of clues from London's seedy East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core?
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by New American Library (first published October 16th 2008)
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Veronica
This is definitely my favorite book in the series so far. It once again presents an interesting murder mystery, with origins rooted in the darker aspects of mankind, wrapped up in some political intrigue and all the hallmarks of the regency period in which it all takes place. But this series has consistently done that since the first book so what changed with this one? What bumped it up to a four star book for me? Well, for starters, there was blessedly little of Kat this time around. Maybe the ...more
Felicia
I skipped books 2 and 3 accidentally to read this, but not really, haha. I read the synopses and I really wasn't so into the main characters' relationships in #1, and when I saw the description on THIS one, #4, I snapped it up: I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK!

Why? Because of a GREAT female character "Hero Jarvis". So funny and fresh and just a delight to read about, I found myself wishing she were the lead character over and over, and her interactions with the hero were delightful. SOO MUCH BETTER THAN
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Susan
Dec 06, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical mystery fans, Regency fans
Recommended to Susan by: Amazon rec. the series
Shelves: favorites
This is the fourth in the series, and definitely my FAVORITE so far. The three previous books are definitely worth reading, but there was an atmosphere of darkness (hence, St. Cyr being labelled "troubled" and "brooding") surrounding the books. In the fourth book, I feel like St. Cyr is finally lightening up a little and finding his sense of humor - and Hero Jarvis moves to center stage, which helps immensely!

St. Cyr is trying to live with the pain of the end of his relationship with Kat (which
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LJ
WHERE SERPENTS SLEEP (Hist. Mys-Sabastian St. Cyr-England-Regency/1812) - Ex
Harris, C.S. (aka Candice E. Proctor) – 4th in series
Obsidian, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780451225122

First Sentence: The girl stared out the window, one hand sliding up and down her shawl-covered arm in a ceaseless, uneasy motion.

Hero Jarvis is a reformist working on a theory as to what drives women to prostitution. She is also daughter to a cousin of the Prince regent. While interviewing one of the women, Rose, who ha
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Mikki
The five stars are for Hero Jarvis, whose name really fits the bill. I liked Kat well enough, but Hero really impressed the pants off me. I love her strength and determination as much as I love her imperiously stiff upper-lip. I read her as a character with the bearing of an Amazon queen and the buttoned-up appearance of a librarian, and that is a fascinating combination. If more female characters had the stuff Hero Jarvis is made of, we'd be wading through a lot less crap.

I know that Kat is the
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Jordan
Hero! She's truly delightful. I was really into seeing too more of her and her father's relationship in this book also.
Krista D
This series is getting really good!
Angela
This series just gets better and better. While I had an inkling who the murderer was, the ending was still a surprise as it took an unexpected turn. Sebastian continues to be a great sleuth as pieces of information are discovered and Hero Jarvis proved a wonderful addition to Sebastian's crime solving team.
Sue
Hero Jarvis, while doing research at Magdalene House, a refuge run by the Quakers for prostitutes in Regency England, narrowly escapes with her life when eight women living there are viciously killed, their murders concealed by arson. As one of the young women died in her arms, Hero decides she must determine why this woman, clearly wellborn, was working as a prostitute and who wanted her dead. Unfamiliar with murder investigations, she enlists the help of Sebastian St. Cyr, who has spent the la ...more
Riccarla Roman
Another twisty-turny mystery that goes all over London and surrounding areas before Sebastian St. Cyr ties up all the loose ends. This time he's helping Miss Hero Jarvis, who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is doing research at Magdelena House, a refuge for prostitutes trying to get out of the profession. Rose, a rather aristocratic young lady of the evening, suddenly hears intruders and immediately says they're coming for her. Hero tries to help her escape but the girl is shot. Her ...more
Kate
Four stars for stressful psycho-drama, but otherwise it was a five star book.

I really am loving this series and I really really enjoy reading about the main character, Sebastian St. Cyr.

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Muriel
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Jessica Howard
The fourth installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, this book picks up 8 months after book 3 ended. Still reeling from the shocking revelation made at the end of book 3, Sebastian has spent the intervening months in miscellaneous drunken debauchery. This all changes, however, when Hero Jarvis, daughter of the infamous Lord Jarvis, is witness to the murder of eight "soiled doves" at a Magdalene House run by Quakers. Partly to spite Lord Jarvis, partly because he's intrigued at why everyone ...more
Bob
A nice period piece mystery set in London circa 1812 has a Daughter of a Lord, Hero Jarvis who is definatley not a typical "lady" of the period involved in research on prostitutes in order to put forward a bill in parliament . While interviewing some of the "ladies" at a refuge house they are interrupted by pounding at the door and the sound of splintering wood. Hero and one of the girls escape out an upstairs window and are running down an ally when a shot is fired and the girls falls, seeing t ...more
Ladiibbug
Jun 29, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Mystery Fans
#4 Sebastian St. Cyr Historical Mystery series

As usual with this superb historical mystery series set in London, C.S. Harris writes an intriguing mystery. Complex characters and plot, a real page turner.

This time Lord Devlin (aka Sebastian St. Cyr) joins forces with Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his enemy to investigate a series of murders. Hero is decades ahead of her time -- a smart, no nonsense young woman who uses her intellect to navigate the world, instead of her looks and wardrobe.

#5 What
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Louize

Eight months after the shocking turnabout on his love life, Viscount Devlin is back; sleuthing on the murders of 8 women in the Magdalene House of Refuge as a request from the Ice Queen herself, Lady Hero Jarvis. Very unlikely partners, since Hero is the sole daughter of Sebastian’s enemy. Yet, between them both this mystery unfolded most fortuitously.

Hero was introduced earlier in the book with very little contributions, but her character is both intriguing and promising. I’m very glad on how t
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Anusriya
This is my favourite book in the series so far. Once again we are thrown into Regency England complete with another mind blowing murder mystery.I totally loved how the author flawlessly blended history into the plot ..Though at times, it was confusing, in the end it was all cleared up pretty well...Along with the regular cast of Tom the tiger, Paul Gibson,Henrey Lovejoy,Mr.Jarvis,Earl Hendon,once again, we get to see Sabastian St Cyr,Viscount Devlin do what he does best..Only this time he has a ...more
Judith
The first book in which Hero is truly a major character and an excellent foil for Sebastian. She is clever and cerebral, interested in causes--here prostitutes--not so much emotionally but in terms of policy. Having witnessed the death of the prostitute she was interviewing, she proceeds to try solve why it was so important to kill the girl that the deaths of others in the Quaker refuge were acceptable to the murderers. I was impressed with her athleticism and quick thinking--escaping along the ...more
May Mostly Romance
รีวิวเรืองนี สปอยลเรืองราวในสามเลมแรกคะ

หลังจากอกหัก รักคุดชนิดเจบปวดทีสุดในชีวิต เซบาสเตียนทีเพิงสรางเมากไดพบกับการขอความชวยเหลือจากคนทีเขาไมเคยคาดคิดมากอน

มิสฮีโร จารวิส บุตรสาวคนเดียวของลอรดจารวิส ชายผูเปนศัตรูคูแคนของเซบาสเตียน เดินทางมาพบ และขอใหเขาชวยสืบคดีทีเกิดขึน ฮีโรเปนคนเดียวทีรอดชีวิตจากเหตุการณสังหารหมูในบานแมกดาเลนา ซึงเปนบานพักฉุกเฉินของเหลาโสเภณีทีคิดกลับใจ ฮีโรอยูทีนันเพือสัมภาษณหญิงสาวทีเคยทำงานเปนโสเภณี และในระหวางทีกำลังคุยกับหญิงสาวทีชือวา โรส โจนส คนกลุมนึงกบุกเขามาในบาน ตามห
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Sandy
It seems to me that each book in the series only gets better. I really liked the first two, loved the third, and love this one even more!

Hero Jarvis comes to Sebastian and asks for his help in tracking down who murdered eight prostitutes in a half-way house and nearly murdered her (she was conducting interviews there to prove her shocking theory that women fall into prostitution not because of sexual deviancy but because of economic necessity). One of the women she was talking to had every appea
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Liane
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Sofia
Wonderful mystery series set in London circa early 1800's. It reads like historical fiction and with Sebastian St. Cyr, a very real character, it's extremely engaging. The introduction of Hero Jarvis - an intelligent and spunky woman defying gender restrictions of her era - is a wonderful addition and hopefully a frequent accomplice/collaborator to the escapades and intrigues of Lord Devlin.
Cameran
Readers of the Sebastian St. Cyr series are in for a treat with the fourth installment as a character previously introduced (but woefully underused until this point) comes into the spotlight. Hero Jarvis is the daughter of Sebastian’s nemesis, and she is quickly proven to have plenty of the qualities that make her father so unreadable and insufferable to a certain Viscount. She is an independent woman with her own mind and ambitions, which is why she takes up research on the subject of prostitut ...more
Kate
Still struggling with his most recent loss of love, Sebastian is dragged into a murder investigation by Hero Jarvis, the intelligent and reform-minded daughter of the most powerful man in England (and Sebastian's sworn enemy). Eight women were killed in a brothel fire, one of whom was a gentlewoman who died in Hero's arms. Hero enlists Sebastian's help as she wants to learn how a woman from her station in life could have ended up in such a situation. Together they risk the safety of ignoring the ...more
Kathy Conte
This series gets my highest rating, "binge worthy."

I read the entire Sebastian St. Cyr series in one week; all ten of them. Admittedly I did little else that week but it was worth it. The books were recommended to me and I approached the first one sceptically; a crime solving English viscount in the time of Napoleon; intrigue, spies, social commentary. Hasn't this all been covered before and by writers like Dickens, Austin, etc. But once into it I couldn't stop reading. Now it's time to do the l
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Renae
Where Serpents Sleep picks up eight months after the events of Why Mermaids Sing, and not a lot has happened between then and now. Due to a heartbreaking discovery about his mistress, Kat Boleyn, Sebastian St. Cyr has taken to drinking, gambling, and hunting, AKA, the Regency version of emo angst. Of course, Sebastian’s wild ways have done nothing to cure him of his love for Kat.

Enter love triangle.

Hero Jarvis is a character readers have known since the beginning of the series (when Sebastian ki
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Sharon
I am making my way through the Sebastian St. Cyr novels, and each one provides more surprises than the last!

In this outing, Sebastian is asked by Hero Jarvis (daughter of his well-placed enemy, Lord Jarvis) to help her investigate a series of murders in a refugee home for prostitutes. Hero is doing research for a reform bill and is the only survivor -- and witness.

Sebastian agrees to help, but every lead he talks to winds up dead in a rather spectacular fashion. Attempts are made on his life, as
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Albert
The fourth installment of the Sebastian St Cyr series is as compelling and lurid and the previous three. Harris deftly removes the veneer of 1800 England and exposes the seedy underbelly beneath as her privileged detective travels amongst the darker sides of his society to find a murderer.
At his side in this one is the daughter of his nemesis and one time kidnap victim of Sebastian, Hero Jarvis.
The novel begins with the attack on a house of refuge, a home for young girls who are trying to leave
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Starling
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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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