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When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr #7)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,353 Ratings  ·  340 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
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Published March 6th 2012 by New American Library/Penguin Publishing Group
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Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery, 2017
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
Selena Paulsen
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
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle

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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mara Pemberton
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful as always.
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
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
Be Fisher
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!
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, z2012-reads
The continuing character development and personal relationships arc in this installment of the series gets a solid A. The mystery gets a tepid C.

I'll start with what I liked first. I love Sebastian and Hero together. He has always been the elegant, dangerous, larger than life protagonist who dominates the attention so well in this series and that hasn't changed. I am firmly on Sebastian's side no matter what -- I root for him, I want him to bitch-slap his stupid sister, and I so much want him an
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Noa: Will you be able to bring the new Sebastian St. Cyr book back with you from the states? I’m getting a review copy.
Big Sis: *Squee* Yes! This way I can read it first!
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Little Sis: Whatcha reading?
Noa: the new Sebastian St. Cyr, I’m reviewing it for Month of Love…
Little Sis: OMG! I’
First Sentence: Tessa Sawyer hummed a nervous tune beneath her breath as she pushed through the tangled brush and bracken edging the black waters of the ancient moat.

Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife, Hero Jarvis, married for proprietary due to her pregnancy. There is occasionally passion between them, but not yet trust. Will investigating the murder of Hero’s friend Gabrielle Tennyson and disappearance of two children begin to build that bridge? The people’s dislike of the Regency, and the co
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
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This is the seventh book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency era mystery series. The series should be read in order as there are constant references to what has gone before and the ongoing mystery surrounding Sebastian's life even if the murder itself is begun and resolved with in the book as are all of them in the series. This is a great series for the mystery buff who loves authentic historical setting, strong plots and stronger characters.

This one has Sebastian and Hero teaming to solve the murd
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a year or two break from this series, not because I was getting bored or discouraged, but mostly just interested in other genres. But I think it was a good thing, because I've a renewed love for this series, finding all the the joy I had when first discovering these books.

Harris writes intense, suspenseful, labyrinthine mysteries that are further wrought with the emotional relationships and history of the various characters. This is both good and bad, primarily all good, but somewhat exha
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian and Hero are at it again. I know this is technically the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series, but as most of the reviews agree, we are all reading this primarily for Hero Jarvis, now Lady Devlin. What happens when a man attacks your husband. Well, of course you pull your pistol and shoot him in the chest. What loving wife wouldn't? Yes, there is a formula to these mysteries, but I enjoy them so much I don't care. In this one Gabrielle Tennyson, aunt to now 3 year old Alfred, Lord Tennyson ...more
I love these books.
2016: Second time through-- the complexity of the plots is what grabs me. Twists and turns.
2017: I am having a terrible time tearing myself away from this series and resuming any of my other In Progress books. :-( The introduction of Jamie Knox is most excellent.
Marge Rudman
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review of Where Shadows Dance also applies here. However, for some reason I enjoyed this one a bit more. Perhaps I've come to terms with the formula she follows. Or have become even more invested in the relationships that are developing. (Avoiding spoilers here!!) Perhaps I was more in the mood for descriptions of life in Regency England than last time. This mystery seemed a bit more engaging as well.
I continue to be impressed with the way the long arc of the story carrying through the entire
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

The romance bit is progressing, but since this is not a romance book, it wasn't happening as much as I wanted. However, this author also a Romance Writer in other pen name, so the little romance we got here was lovely.

Still so many got killed in this book, Ms. Harris not shy away with that and I'm ok with it and the mystery always done nicely too.

I love this series, but maybe I need a break a little bit from it, oh let's see!
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely enjoyable, as all of C.S. Harris' work has been thus far, and (to an amateur's eye) well-done with regards to historical detail. I am also greatly enjoying the ultra ultra slow burn romance going on between Sebastian and Hero. Extra points for Chien - what a cute dog!
Jean Hontz
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid entry in the series, with both Sebastian and Hero growing and learning. Lots of action as usual. Intricate plot with lots of surprises.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The side plot of Hero and Sebastian was more interesting than the mystery. Parts of this one made no sense.
Hunkered? Five times! Is this your favorite word Harris? -.-

Why is it that Sebastian always gets wounded, bruised up or injured every dang mystery and it always has to be done by pairs of scruffy men, either young or old?

Then, does Sebastian have to have a scene with Kat every now and again? I mean, is that even necessary just to make the reader realize that he's not over her yet, like, duh, seriously? It's like being forced to read a series of words that always has to mention what she wear and
Betty Strohecker
Only a few days after Hero and Sebastian are married, one of Hero's friends is found murdered. Gabrielle Tennyson, a scholar and enthusiast for Roman and Arthurian history/legends is found dead, drifting in a boat, at Camlet Moat. The owner of the land was conducting a dig to discover if this was the site of the Camelot of Arthurian legend. At the same time, broadsides are being published in London to discredit the monarchy and foster belief in the legend that Arthur will return to lead Britain ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I love this series and always love when a new one comes out and hate the fact that I will have to wait a year for the next book. I had When Maidens Mourn on pre-order from Amazon and started reading as soon as it arrived. While I like the mystery I have mixed feeling about the book as a whole. It did not catch me like the previous book.

The story picked up after Sebastian and Hero were married. They have shared 4 passionate nights and 4 uncomfortable days. Despite the passion of the night they
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book seven in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series in which a friend of Lord Devlin's (Sebastian) new wife is found murdered, floating in a boat in Camlet Moat. Like his wife, Gabrielle Tennyson was a strong-spirited, independent and educated woman who was doing an archaelogical dig at Camlet Moat, theorizing that it was the former site of King Arthur's famed Camelot centuries before. Was it this postulation that got her killed, or something to do with her personal life?

This is one of
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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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