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Where Serpents Sleep (Sebastian St. Cyr #4)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  4,923 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
London, 1812. The brutal slaughter of eight young prostitutes in a house of refuge near Covent Garden leaves only one survivor and one witness: Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis. When the Machiavellian powerbroker quashes any official inquiry that might reveal his daughters unorthodox presence, Hero launches an investigation of ...more
ebook, EPUB 2 (Adobe DRM), 368 pages
Published November 2008 by New American Library/Penguin Publishing Group (first published October 16th 2008)
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Apr 02, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And still this series keeps getting better. I really enjoyed this one! Sebastian is such a likable character and we start to see a whole other side of Hero too. The underground scene is certainly a step in the right direction! I like that Sebastian has a whole team of reliable friends behind him now, people he can rely on to help him out. Smart people too who are more than a match for the baddies. I think Sebastian is beginning to discover his strengths now and that he will soon be able to put K ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This series just seems to get better and better. Perhaps because Sebastian St Cyr, Lord Devlin has settled into his role as a high society sleuth and investigator of murders and has decided to put aside his wallowing in misery over his ill-fated affair with Kat, a Covent Garden actress. Perhaps it's because the politics and events of the regency period are so well integrated into the plot to add interest and substance to the crimes committed and those involved. Perhaps it's also because of the e ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2010 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
Fourth in historical mystery series continues the momentum of prior books -- entertaining and thrilling!

The Sebastian St. Cyr series continues to be wonderful! I still can't wait to read them all (and hope to do so before the end of the year) !!!

***Below contains minor spoilers if you haven't read books 1-3***

Brief Overview:
* It's May 1812 in London and Sebastian St. Cyr is continuing to wallow in the aftermath of the revelation that ended his relationship with Kat- "...for the past eight mont
Susan in NC
Dec 06, 2008 Susan in NC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical mystery fans, Regency fans
Recommended to Susan in NC 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
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
This was another good one in the murder mystery series. The year is 1812. It is harder to solve murders when there is not anything in the way of technology to speed things along. Good ole St. Cyr is determined to see his way through to the end of a crime, or many crimes as it turned out. I like his character and would have enjoyed the book more if I had been able to hear more of 11 year old Tom, but keeping up with Lord Jarvis's daughter almost made up for it. I love the way this one ended and I ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Be Fisher
It bears repeating that I am thoroughly enjoying this series! This one is as good as the others. She keeps her writing style tight with no unnecessary babble and long winded conversations (which I love) . So glad I came across this series!
Krista D
Jan 10, 2015 Krista D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is getting really good!
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Apr 17, 2015 Anusriya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
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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
Jan 31, 2014 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hero! She's truly delightful. I was really into seeing too more of her and her father's relationship in this book also.
Oct 09, 2016 Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow (when I've got rid of this cold and can see straight to type!)
Dec 09, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: There are necessarily spoilers for previous books in this series.


This is the fourth book in the historical crime fiction series set in Regency England, this one in 1812, and featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, the twenty-nine year old Viscount Devlin. In the first book, he was suspected of a murder he did not commit, and had to become something of a Sherlock Holmes to find the real murderer to save his own skin.

In subsequent books, he was consulted on murders that involved the nobility
Where Serpents Sleep
5 Stars

***Warning***: This review contains minor spoilers for the first three books.

During her visit to a local house sheltering former prostitutes, Hero Jarvis is witness to a horrific crime. Dissuaded from investigating by her father, the powerful force behind the Regent, Hero seeks the aid of Sebastian St. Cyr, who has no difficulty sticking his aristocratic nose into matters that do not concern him. As Sebastian and Hero begin to unravel the sordid details behind the dea
Elis Madison
Another excellent mystery in a series that is proving to be one helluva ride.

I'll just say again (again again again--for some reason when I add a comment using the Goodreads iPad app, it adds it more than once, and to top it off, I thought the first one didn't post, so tried again) that the first chapter is one of the best establishing chapters I've ever read. It does a spot on job of A) immediately grabbing the reader's interest, 2) setting up the mystery, and 3) letting us get to know Hero, th
#4 in the Sebastian St Cyr Regency mystery series and so far my favorite. After the ending of #3 I had no clue as to how the series would continue although I clicked on a title in error and read a plot spoiler. Well I'm very much enjoying the direction the author is taking Sebastian and the secondary characters and how the mysteries are tied to historical events in Regency England. Ms. Harris is slowly fleshing out the characters and their personalities. And as usual by the end of this one I was ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
This is the 4th book in the series, and like the previous 3, it did not disappoint. This book picks up about 8 months after the last. Sebastian has been brooding about his romance issues and has broken all contact with his father after learning of a family secret (in the 3rd book). He is surprised when Hero Jarvis seeks him out to help her find out who murdered 8 former prostitutes. Hero is visiting a home for these girls conducting research when unknown assailants barge into the buikding trying ...more
Riccarla Roman
Oct 31, 2011 Riccarla Roman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Christy B
Another great installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. Viscount Devlin is back delving into London's seedy underworld thanks to Hero Jarvis, the daughter of the man he hates more than life itself.

Hero was a witness, and only survivor, to a most gruesome murder. Visiting a house of refuge, Hero was interviewing a prostitute named Rose, for research, when the house was invaded by intruders and set on fire. Rose dies in Hero's arms and Hero vows to find out how this obviously cultured y
Pamela Aidan
I like Sebastian St. Cyr: his cynicism is certainly understandable. Troublesome youngest son of an earl and witness to all the atrocities and stupidities of the war with Napoleon, this 4th book in the series begins after his shocking discovery that the love of his life is actually his half-sister. Not your typical Heyer Regency, to be sure. But as St. Cyr knocks about London, in between bouts of self-destruction, he finds himself drawn to the dark underbelly of the city and with a talent for sol ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Betty Strohecker
Sebastian St. Cyr is off on another murder case, this time at the unlikely request of Hero Jarvis, daughter of his nemesis, Lord Jarvis, cousin and power behind the Prince Regent. While interviewing a young woman at the Magdalene House, refuge for prostitutes, Hero is witness to a brutal attack that kills all residents of the house while in search of the woman Hero is interviewing. Hero helps the woman escape through an upper story window, but the woman is shot while running down an alley, and H ...more
May 29, 2012 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jessica Howard
Mar 26, 2009 Jessica Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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