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When Maidens Mourn (Sebastian St. Cyr #7)

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When Gabrielle Tennyson is murdered, aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new reluctant bride, the fiercely independent Hero Jarvis, find themselves involved in an intrigue concerning the myth of King Arthur, Camelot, and a future poet laureate...
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published (first published March 6th 2012)
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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.
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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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Sebastian St. Cyr (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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