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When Maidens Mourn

(Sebastian St. Cyr #7)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  5,870 ratings  ·  433 reviews
Regency England, August 1812. Sebastian's plans to escape the heat of London for a honeymoon are shattered when the murdered body of Hero's good friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, is discovered drifting in a battered boat at the site of a long-vanished castle known as Camlet Moat. A beautiful young antiquarian, Miss Tennyson had recently provoked an uproar with her controversial ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by NAL
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Caryn Me too!!!! I found Sherry Thomas's Lady Sherlock Series! Set in the 1880s, the first book is _A Study in Scarlet Women_. It took a little while for me…moreMe too!!!! I found Sherry Thomas's Lady Sherlock Series! Set in the 1880s, the first book is _A Study in Scarlet Women_. It took a little while for me to get into the book at first, but then it took off. What a ride! I loved the sexual tension between the main characters. A wonderful reboot of the famous Sherlock Holmes stories is helping me come out of the St. Cyr. depression spiral!(less)
Cherie Yes, because there are events happening in the protagonists life that would be very confusing if the books were not read in order.

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Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars for another well done historical fiction book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Sebastian and his wife Hero(married in the previous book) are about to go on a honeymoon when they are notified that Hero's friend Gabrielle Tennyson has been found murdered. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, agrees to help solve the murder at the request of his friend Sir Henry Lovejoy, the Bow Street magistrate in charge of the investigation. Devlin has helped Lovejoy before and because he is an aristocrat ...more
Sebastian and Hero are four days into their marriage when the honeymoon is interrupted by the murder of Gabrielle Tennyson, an antiquarian and good friend of Hero's. Both of them are drawn into the investigation, working together and sometimes at cross purposes.

This was a gnarly mystery with lots of players and suspects who might have benefited from Gabrielle's death. I loved the way Hero and Sebastian interacted with each other, even when they weren't being as forthcoming as they should have b
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book number seven and still the action gets better and better. Of course the biggest development is in the relationship between the main characters, Sebastian and Hero. The author is managing to write a delightful romance without letting it take over the plot of each book, and she is so good at writing that last little chapter which leaves the reader wanting more.
I think I enjoyed this book a teeny bit more than the last one because it was a bit less political and I was able to follow the myster
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 these are all really 5 stars but I have to show the differential between different books in the series. I really enjoyed watching Hero and Sebastian's marriage develop.
This turned out to be one of the weakest installments in the series for me. It didn’t engage me as much as the other ones did. I may have to put more distance between the installments as I found many of the plot devices formulaic and recapping of the previous events and characters’ backstories annoying. Although, this is the first one where I guessed the culprit right away. Not sure how but I did and quite proud of it.

So, let’s start with what I liked:

1. The atmospheric setting of Regency Englan
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, historical, mystery
Sebastian and Hero are all set for a well deserved honeymoon on his family estate when they receive news that Hero's friend Genevieve Tennyson has been found murdered, drowned in Camlet Moat. Like Hero, Genevieve is a feminist and interested in archaeology. She had been excavating Camlet Moat as she suspected it was the legendary Camelot. Most disturbing is that her two young male cousins were with her at the Moat and are now missing, possibly dead.

Cancelling their honeymoon plans, Sebastian and
There were a few times my internal monologue was just the sound of Jenna Marbles saying "aw hell yeah" on loop so that probably says a lot about why I liked this one as much as I did.

D r a m a.

Also, knowing what I know now, I wish I had started to tally Sebastian's kill count from the beginning. I wonder what he's at now.. because daaaaymn, boi.
Selena Paulsen
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Oh, how I love Sebastian St. Cyr novels. The previous entry, "Where Shadows Dance" may be on my list of top 20 books ever. But, unfortunately, "When Maidens Mourn" won't make that list. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad novel, it's just not great either. The appeal of the St. Cyr series is threefold: gritty fascinating history, tangled dark mysteries, and subtle wrenching romance. So, let's take a look at each of those in this newest installment. History - once again, Harris creates a regency e ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Four and a half stars

Time doesn't elapse very quickly between books in this series. I think the eight months between books three and four have been the longest stretch of time so far. This time we're dealing with the shortest time interval as only four days have passed since the end of the last book, an ending that saw Sebastian and Hero facing a new, scary, and exciting future.

The murder victim this time is/was a good friend of Hero's so it's a given that she and Sebastian will investigate. Whe
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, crime-fiction

Mild spoilers ahead

I've now read six of the seven books in this series*, which is set in Regency London and features Peninsular War veteran Sebastian St Cyr, aka Viscount Devlin, and his wife, the feisty and feminist Hero Jarvis. Like lots of other crime fiction writers, Harris has a formula for these books and she pretty much sticks to it. Here's how it goes:

(a) Brief introduction;
(b) Murder is discovered;
(c) Sebastian (and Hero) become involved in investigation;
(d) Investigation proceeds, cons
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
So I enjoyed this book because Hero and Sebastian are together finally, and I hated that other chick character, so that's good. Also Lady of Shalott is one of my FAVORITE poems (Because of Anne of Green Gables, way meta here) so I loved the overall plot of this one, great murder mystery. Yes, there are some weird plot twists, and the arc of Hero/Sebastian felt a bit retarded, I wanted them to interact more rather than keep each other apart and restrained, but this is not a "vaginal Mystery" so m ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

Another solid entry in the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. I've come to look so forward to reading about all of the characters, primary as well as secondary ones, and I am full of admiration for Harris's ability to juggle a big cast very successfully. These books are fast becoming my comfort reads.

The 7th book introduces a fascinating new character in Jamie Knox, a dangerous tavern owner who appears to be Sebastian's doppelganger!!! I really enjoyed Sebastian and Jamie's scenes together and very m
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian St. Cyr's honeymoon is interrupted by the murder of one of his new wife's friends which is obviously the WORST. Between angsting about the growing distance between them, he INVESTIGATES and talks about Arthur and poetry and speaks Romani and gets attacked like a bunch.

1. !!!!!!
He smiled. "Actually, I'm counting on a girl—a daughter every bit as brilliant and strong and fiercely loyal to her sire as her mother." [... H]e nudged the horse closer so he could reach down and cup her cheek
Lady Wesley
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed listening to this book, the mystery was a bust. The entire book is nothing but red herrings, so don’t even try to figure out who’s the killer. Just enjoy the history and (burgeoning) romance.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
What I like in this series is how the author managed to incorporate real life characters, political situation and the ambiance of the period. But not only that: the hits given on Templars, archeological research of Camelot, King Arthur and druids!

It was really interesting and I love how she does it!

Here the story starts like a treasure hunter killed hero's friend, but, as the investigation procedes, we discover that many have interest to see her dead! And the end was unexpected: the least suspec
I love a good historical mystery!! This series brings it! Put a kidnapping and a murder and it sells! The murder of one Hero's friends leads them into a mystery with roots in the Arthurian legend. Sebastian and Hero are interesting characters! I'm usually pretty good at solving a murder mystery early on into the book. But this one had me guessing way into in the book! There was a lot of potential suspects. I gave it 4.5 stars just because I love Hero's character and I would have liked to see mor ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Our story picks up a week into Devlin and Hero's uneasy marriage, when Devlin gets notice of a young noblewoman found dead in a boat not far from London. Come to find out it is a friend of Hero's. Once the investigation starts, it soon becomes apparent that many people wanted the young Miss dead. Was if for political gain a love not returned or to keep even deeper secrets. Hero and Devlin are soon enmeshed in trying to find out who killed her friend and what happened to her two nephews that she ...more
"When it comes to murder, I'm not inclined to believe anyone."

The character development continues to astound me. I liked the Arthurian aspect of the mystery, but this one was less complex than previous one in the series. I just can't get enough of the world and love the introduction of new characters.

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Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series and am sad that I'm nearly caught up. While the mystery started out interesting, as the book wore on, it was the backstory between Sebastian and Hero that kept my attention.

In the end, the solution to the murders was an answer that was basically pulled out of a hat and nearly impossible to guess... I only hope that type of "out of nowhere" resolution is not used again by the author. It's like cheating in my book.

Thankfully, the real mystery of interest to me was how our hero
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is part of the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. They are set in the Regency period in England and are very well researched. In this book, Sebastian solves the mystery of a women who was trying to find out the truth behind the Arthurian legend and was murdered near the site that could have been Camelot.
I was so glad to revisit this series! It has been awhile.
This one brought tears to my eyes.
This author has a style of writing that keeps a person captivated all the way through. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the next one!
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the mystery plot, and everything Hero and Sebastian related. The conflict that Jarvis (Hero's father, Sebastian's enemy) creates between them is fascinating. There was, however, an interlude of Kat not being able to keep her mouth shut. At this point she's become tiresome.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home remodels have made it hard to read a physical book so I decided to revisit some old, favorite friends via audiobook to ease my stress. What can I say? I adore Sebastian and Hero and their world and I enjoy any chance to revisit them. Davina Porter's narration makes a great story even better.

My original review:
When Maidens Mourn
4 Stars

Sebastian St. Cyr and his new bride are pulled into another case when the body of Hero's friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, is discovered floating in a boat near an archeological dig related to King Arthur's Camelot. When Gabrielle's young cousins are also revealed to be missing, Sebastian and Hero find themselves in a race against time to stop a ruthless killer before it is too late.

An enjoyable addition to the series. The character development is excellent as usual and the i
Susan Johnson
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my first Sebastian St. Cyr novel and I am kicking myself for not reading this series earlier. The author really gives the feel for the time period and seems very authentic. In fact, one of the clues involved the victim not wearing her spencer. I have no idea what a spencer is but I liked that it was a clue. St. Cyr has just married the powereful Lord Jarvis' daughter, Hero, and they are just getting used to being together. They are both involved in this case and Hero is a formidable ally ...more
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
What a great series! I am looking forward as much to the developing love between hubby and wife as to trying to figure out the next murder in this series. It is always wonderful when the reader is fond of the protagonist. Once that relationship between protagonist and reader is established, all the other characters and all of the various plots seem to enhance the initial enjoyment of reading the series. I look forward to St. Cyr's happiness as much as I look forward to his success at solving mur ...more
Sumeetha Manikandan
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the mystery and felt sorry for Gabrielle. The killer took me by surprise. The book did leave me with an inexplicable desire to read Tennyson again. I haven't touched poetry in a very long while so... it is an author's triumph if it can make me do things like this.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I now have finished #7 of the Sebastian St. Cyr series which is one of my favorites. Good plot as it is connected with the Arthurian legend which I love; has good vignettes of life in London of the 1800's; plus a lot of historical facts which brings reality to our reading. Love it. Yes, this could be a stand alone as she fills you in on all the characters, etc. This is why I only gave it 4* as I've read 7, but now I'm going on to #8 in February. If you want a synopsis of the story, click on the ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
4.5 stars
This was one of my favorite mysteries of the series, not because of the mystery itself, but because I loved all of the Camelot and Arthurian legends stuff, plus the connection to the Tennyson family. It was everything my inner nerd loved.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2019
3.5 stars.

After going all over the place, the final reason for the murder of Hero's friend seems quite mundane. Although (view spoiler)

Hero and Sebastian's relationship is definitely one of those slow-burn ones... We also get to have that first meeting between Hero and Kat that's so polite on the surface but seething with undercurrents. And there's still a lot more to Sebastian's parentage that we don't get to know a
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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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