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What Remains of Heaven (Sebastian St. Cyr #5)

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Sebastian St. Cyr's search for the killer of the controversial Bishop of London leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall to the well-guarded secrets of his own family's past.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Signet (first published October 14th 2009)
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I give this one less star that the others, not because the mystery wasn't great, it totally was, but UGH KAT JUST GO AWAY. Sebastian needs to GET OVER HER, so boring, she needs to die of consumption or something so he can move on. The whole twist with him NOT being her half-sibling was so soap opera-y, and there was NOT ENOUGH HERO. Serious, I can't wait for the next one because maybe indeed he'll get over the actress already. SHEESH.

Love this series. haha.
CS Harris presents the fifth installment of her moody, suspenseful Sebastian St. Cyr series. To solve his latest murder case, Sebastian must explore the decades old family secrets of the victim. In so doing, he confronts truths about his own life, while still fighting his feelings for the forbidden Kat. Hero Jarvis is also a major presence in this book, as she continues to alternately infuriate and assist Sebastian.
This action in this book did build slowly, despite two dead bodies discovered in...more
First Sentence: His breath coming in undignified gasps, the Reverend Malcolm Earnshaw abandoned the village high street and struck out through the lanky grass of the churchyard.

Families and their secrets take center stage. The bishop of London, leading candidate for archbishop of Canterbury, has been found dead in a recently opened crypt. The bishop is not the only murdered body. Along with him are the remains of a man who was stabbed in the 1700s. During his investigation, St. Cyr uncovers a co...more
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This is one of the better historical mystery series I’ve read in ages. There are many Victorian mysteries but Harris carves out a time period about 50 years earlier and the early 1800’s in England is quite different than the Victorian era if for no other reasons they’re reeling from a loss in the Colonies and a mad King at the helm.

This is, I believe, book 5 in the series and the one that came just before this one probably should be read first but even without that, the subplots can be discerned...more
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Norma Huss
I think I've found a new series to read--the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. This one is the fifth, so I have some serious (and delightful) reading ahead.

What Remains of Heaven was on the "new mystery" shelf. (I like to dip into something new every once in a while.) This book takes place in 1812 London with a seemingly ever-changing plot line that could only happen with the social and political realities of that time and place. Besides the intrigue of London and villiage life, the English view of...more
A very enjoyable read. The entire series is quite remarkable. The body of man who has been missing for a generation is found in a crypt that has been boarded up for a generation, along with the body of his much younger brother who is the Bishop of London. In addition to the two murders, the book is filled with family mysteries involving the Ct.Cyr family, the family of the murdered man, and the Jarvis family.

One of the other reviewers objected to the fact that the end of this book sets up a majo...more
Judith Sebesta
As interesting as the murders are, the book is even more interesting for its revelations on the St. Cyr family. As Tolstoy said, unhappy families are unhappy in their own way and this is a complex family for unhappiness. Hero's character is fleshed out more fully to show how resourceful a woman she is, far more resolute and intelligent than Kat and like many reviewers I agree that she is a better match for Sebastian. The book is interesting also for its picture of ecclesiastical politics, the pe...more
May Mostly Romance
ศพของบิชอปแห่งกรุงลอนดอนถูกพบในหลุมฝังศพใต้ดินที่เพิ่งถูกเปิดออก หลังจากถูกปิดมาเป็นเวลานาน และเซบาสเตียน เซ็นต์เซอร์ถูกขอร้องให้เข้าไปสืบคดี ครั้งนี้คำขอมาจากผู้เป็นป้า ซึ่งเป็นเพื่อนสนิทกับอาร์คบิชอปแห่งแคนเตอร์เบอรี (ซึ่งเป็นหัวหน้าคณะสงฆ์)

การตายของบิชอปเพรสค็อตต์ถือเป็นเหตุการณ์ร้ายแรง เพราะเขาเป็นนักปฏิรูปหัวรุนแรงที่กำลังผลักดันกฎหมายห้ามการค้าทาสในทุกรูปแบบ ซึ่งจะทำให้กระทบต่อฐานะทางเศรษฐกิจของผู้มีอำนาจหลายคนในแผ่นดิน นอกจากนี้เขายังเป็นตัวเต็งที่จะก้าวขึ้นเป็นอาร์คบิชอปแห่งแคนเตอร์เบอรี...more
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I love this series! Just when I thought Sebastian's life couldn't have any more twists and turns, this one comes along and ups the ante. I loved that we see some interesting anti-American sentiments in the British ton leading up to the War of 1812. Great mystery with the same great characters. I can't wait to read the next one.
As usual, the mystery Sebastian St. Cyr must unravel in What Remains of Heaven is well-done. However, the real intrigue of this installment of the series, from my perspective, comes from what is further learned about the secrets in Sebastian’s family.

Lie after lie has continued to pile up for the near-thirty years of the Viscount’s life, but he has begun to peel away at the veneer that has always been heavily placed over the surface. Now his relationships with those closest to him make sense, as...more
I thought this was another great book in a great series. The personal revelations didn't surprise me because I had guessed but it was still great to have Sebastian finally know some of these things. The mystery was fun and exciting. I love Hero and can't wait to see where that whole thing goes. But mostly, I just hope that Sebastian finds a little peace and gets some kind of happily ever after by the time the series is over. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Broken record, I know, but HERO JARVIS, LOVE OF MY LIFE.

Also, Devlin's aunt is my favorite.
Although normally discouraging of Sebastian's involvement in murder, his Aunt Henrietta appears at his door with the Archbishop of Canterbury and asks him to investigate the murder of the Bishop of London in a recently opened crypt. Only, the Bishop of London's wasn't the only body found, and now Sebastian has two deaths on his hands, separated by about 30 years. Hero Jarvis was one of the last people to see the Bishop of London alive, throwing her and Sebastian into the same path once again, an...more
Huda Sarkowi
Honestly, I never like History subject in school. But I was remarkably compelled with this historical fiction that I read it in one go. I particularly like the simplicity of the writing style of it, elegant but unpretentious. And how the storyline flows easily from one story to another, of how this motives connected to that case, another statements lead to another cause. Some would say that the plots can be confusing as it involves series of interrogations with many suspects with strong motives,...more
Maggi Andersen
I have just enjoyed another Sebastian St. Cyr mystery by C.S. Harris. Her research is impeccible and she tells a great story. I love it when I can't pick the murderer until the end. Don't read it if you want to dwell in Regency drawing rooms, Sebastian rarely spends much time in one. He is more often in dark alleys or in the case of this one, ancient church crypts. Harris' Regency world is a dark one, so accurately described you can see, smell and almost taste it. I delighted in every sentence o...more
Riccarla Roman
The drama just doesn't stop for Sebastian St. Cyr. After the revelations of a previous book, he found himself in an unplanned situation that has led to something else unplanned. But first - the mystery he finds himself involved in brings about truths that have been kept secret. And family secrets are the worst secrets because when they are revealed, they cut to the bone.

The Bishop of London, in line to be the Archbishop of Canterbury, is counseling Miss Hero Jarvis about a new - shall we say - d...more
I wasn't particularly impressed with the first book in this series and as a consequence didn't read the second one. But I gave the series another go and have enjoyed numbers 3, 4 and 5. What Remains of Heaven is a good read, interesting and well-plotted. However, there are some aspects of Ms Harris' writing which I find irritating and I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if that choice had been available to me. I accept that Ms Harris has researched the period in which the novels are set, bu...more
4.5 stars. ***possible spoilers but no giveaways**** This would be a 5 star review if I could have a complete experience on the romance front, but this is still unresolved and it's the 5th book. It ends on a bit of a cliffy- I need my HEA!

I'm a little bit in love with all the recurring characters, so now I am committed to the rest of the series. But an even more compelling reason is that I must know what happens between St. Cyr, Hero, and Kat! I'm not used to having the romance take a less-than-...more
In WHAT REMAINS OF HEAVEN, Sebastian St. Cyr is called upon by the Archbishop of Canterbury to look into the death of the Bishop of London. And with his own Aunt Henrietta accompanying the Archbishop, saying no is not an option. The Bishop of London was found murdered in an ancient crypt along with another body that had been there even longer. Identification of that second body brings about secrets of St. Cyr's own family. And the last person to see the Bishop alive is none other than Hero Jarvi...more
Christy B
What Remains of Heaven is the fifth and latest installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries, and is another winner.

It's 1812 and this time Sebastian is sought out by his own aunt to help in a murder case. Two corpses have been found in an ancient crypt - one fresh, one there for decades. Are the murders related or was it pure coincidence?

Sebastian again finds himself plunged into London's seedy underworld, coming across the lowest of the low. One unique suspect he comes across is a son of an A...more
I read this because I wanted some light escapism. I've enjoyed other books by this author in the past, but I was glad to finish this one.

We have a bishop murdered in a crypt (crypts sound like about the most horrible places on earth) and a body 30 years dead found in the same crypt. Sebastian St. Cyr normally wouldn't involve himself in something so declasse, but his aunt asks him to, so he does her the favor.

I noticed that Sebastian's detective work mostly consists of going around asking people...more
When the Bishop of London is found dead right on top of the victim of a much older murder, Sebastian St. Cyr is asked to help the investigation. With the help of Hero Jarvis (who has her own reasons to be concerned about the Bishop's death), Sebastian struggles to connect the two crimes. He uncovers a secret that sheds a new light on his own past, and learns that some mysteries may be better left unsolved.

The main plot is just as gripping as any of the previous books in the series. It takes a fe...more
This is number 5 in the series (there are 7 so far), all of which are in the best traditions of regency romances (see Georgette Heyer, for an earlier great example). I chose this one to recommend for our book group because it gives us a terrific look at the hero of these novels, Sebastian, and the emerging heroine, Hero (yes, Hero). It’s a fast read and tugs at your romantic heart-strings a lot. Harris is from New Orleans and writes (with her husband) a series of war-fantasy novels as well. But...more
The Bishop of London is found bludgeoned to death in an ancient crypt beside the corpse of an unidentified man murdered decades ago. With great reluctance Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, allows the Archbishop and his aunt to persuade him to help with the investigation. On the trail of the murderer he finds himself forced to confront the secrets of his own family's past. A shocking truth is revealed that could change everything.

What Remains of Heaven kept me utterly enthralled. C.S. Harris is...more
Herein lies another intriguing, absorbing mystery in this Sebastian St. Cyr series. In some ways, I like this one the best so far. Although, as I got introduced to the characters surrounding this particular murder mystery, I had trouble keeping up with exactly which Bishop did what.

We again meet Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, the talented gentleman who keeps getting entangled in solving mysteries. The Viscount with the wolf-like yellow eyes that can see better than other humans, and the ear...more
This is more of a 3.5 rather than a flat 3 star rating.

Set in Regency Era England, Sebastian St. Cyr (the Viscount Devlin) is a cross between Mr. Darcy and Sherlock Holmes with a little sprinkling of James Bond thrown in for good measure. In this installment of the C.S. Harris’ series Sebastian finds himself investigating two murders victims found in a recently opened crypt; the murder of the Bishop of England and a 30 year old unsolved murder. C.S. Harris’ strengths continue to be her ability t...more
This series has done several things right from the start. I admit to being no expert on 18th century London (or 18th century anywhere for that matter), but this series has always felt "right" to me in terms of bringing the time period to life, with all of its sights, sounds, and smells. Sometimes very vivid smells. *wink* That said, my investment in this series sky rocketed with the last book (book 4), Where Serpents Sleep, with the elevation of Hero Jarvis as a character to be reckoned with. No...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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