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Why Kill the Innocent

(Sebastian St. Cyr #13)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,138 ratings  ·  424 reviews
In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie, a brutal murder draws Sebastian St. Cyr into the web of the royal court, where intrigue abounds and betrayal awaits.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princes
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Berkley
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Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris is a 2018 Berkley publication.

A sad death, shocking revelations, and a wealth of palace intrigue!

A nasty spate of frigid cold, snow, and ice hold London in its grip. As Hero makes her way through the icy sludge, she literally stumbles across the corpse of Jane Ambrose. It becomes apparent immediately that Jane is not a victim of the nasty weather, but has been killed, then dumped out in the snow. As Sebastian and Hero attempt to uncover the truth about Jane
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was so nice to get a new Sebastian St Cyr novel and to be able to revisit one of my favourite literary couples, Sebastian and Hero, now with the addition of their one year old son.

This continues to be an excellent series which always presents an intriguing fictional mystery set against actual historical fact. This time we were in London in 1814, the year of the very last Frost Fair, the last year in which the Thames froze solid so that people could walk and in fact trade upon it. The atmosphe
Diane S ☔
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
When Hero stumbles on the body of Jane Ambrose, music teacher to Princess Charlotte, her husband Sebastian St. Cyr the viscount Devlin quickly becomes involved. Knowing he has little time before the palace hushes the murder up, he ascertains that her death is not a natural one and that her body has been moved. Who among the political players of the day, or of Jane's family wanted this young woman dead?

Love this historical series, Sebastian has a very storied past, things he still does not know,
Hero St. Cyr and Alexi Sauvage are returning home following a visit to one of her patients when they stumble upon the body of a young woman in a snow drift. Hero recognizes her as Jane Ambrose, the long time piano teacher to Princess Charlotte, the sole child and heir presumptive of the Prince Regent. When the palace moves quickly to silence the official investigation, Hero and Sebastian continue and find themselves in the midst of high intrigue and danger.

Of all the books in the series, this wa
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Why Kill the Innocent just prior to reading the newest book in this series, Who Slays the Wicked. If you enjoy historical mysteries, this series is top notch.

Why Kill the Innocent involves a mystery for Sebastian to undertake at the royal court in 1814 London. A young musician named Jane Ambrose is murdered, and she has ties to Princess Charlotte, the next in line for the throne. This frightens everyone and causes concern and intrigue. Jane’s world is full of secrets, and once Sebastian
C.S. Harris has maintained a consistently high standard throughout her long-running  Sebastian St. Cyr  series of historical mysteries, but the last two or three books, in particular, have been outstanding – which is quite remarkable when one considers that this latest instalment, Why Kill the Innocent, is number thirteen.  The individual mysteries are extremely well-constructed and set against a superbly researched and realised historical background; and so far, each one has been self-contain ...more
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite historical mystery series, mainly because they are so well written and both the historical aspect and the mystery are so well done. And of course because Sebastian St Cyr is the perfect amateur detective, a gentleman who is smart and compassionate with shadows in his own past and a need for finding out the truth whatever the cost. In Hero, his wife, who is committed to fighting for social justice for the poor and downtrodden, he has the perfect partner and accomplice. ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical

The title is exactly what Sebastian and Hero must find out! Who killed poor Jane? And why?

The answer is really as simple as "the killer is the butler", but the road to the killer is as twisting as a maze!!

There're so many really heartwrenching and depressing moments here...

For example the poor girl, Amy, condemned to hang because she stole a ham to feed herself and her newborn baby...
“I always used to believe in God,” the girl was saying. “But I don’t know more. Why would a God who’s tru
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Great story loaded with history and mystery!
This book has been an experience. I’ve read a lot of historical books in my time but I have to say the detail and the authenticity of this story added so much to the underlying theme.

One of the things I got me worried was the fact that I had never read any of the series. This was my first book and was missing the intimate knowledge of the main characters, Sebastian and Hero. While I was at a deficit to begin with it only took m
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I discovered this series a bit late in the game, but I'm sure glad I did! Why Kill the Innocent is the 13th book in the Sebastian St Cyr series. I love the mix of historical fiction and mystery. This book kept my attention from beginning to end. Interesting mystery. Great suspense and fantastic characters. I will definitely be backtracking to read the rest of this series! I hope all the books are as interesting and enjoyable to read as this one!

The basics: It's winter in London in 1814. Jane Amb
This mystery didn't grab me quite the way the last few did but I nonetheless felt very struck by the character of Jane. She was definitely the star of this story, for me, even if almost every part of her story was tragic.

There was a tiny blink and you miss it moment but we did get one scene that makes me believe a reckoning between a certain father daughter duo will be coming very soon. Assuming a certain thing gets out. Which it always does. Dun dun dun.

Also! Another particular dynamic that was
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m once again visiting my all-time favorite historical mystery series. It’s book thirteen now and, at this point, Sebastian and Hero are about as dear to me as any literary characters can be. The year is 1814, the month is January and our sleuthing aristocrats are anticipating their son’s first birthday even as the city is facing one of its coldest winters. When Hero literally stumbles into the murder of the piano teacher of none other than HRH Princess Charlotte herself, it’s a foregone conclu ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
2.5 stars...

I was very dissapointed when I finished this book. I felt like Harris just shortchanged me as a reader and her characters with this cut and pasted drivel. I normally love this series but I didn't get any warm fuzzy feelings from this book at all. The whole time I was reading it I was completely bored and it was painstakingly obvious how particular sections of writing were exactly the same and located in exactly the same places within chapters as in previous books. I know some authors
I really love this series! ❤️❤️❤️

It’s getting better and better.
I did both, read and listen at the same time and it was a fabulous experience 😀

So many tragedies and sadness in this story though, many based by the true stories happened in those Great Fog time and I don’t even know what to say about the killer either, all just very sad 😔
I feel like the only happiness in this story was the relationship between Sebastian and Hero.
I love these two so much and they really become a strong and very lov
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
London, 1814. In one of the coldest winters ever is the body of a woman found in the snow by no other than Hero, the wife of Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. She recognizes the woman as Jane Ambrose, a piano teacher to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent. Since Jane is connected to the royal house the investigation quickly shut down, but Sebastian and Hero will not let the murderer get away. The question is who would want to kill a piano teacher?


Well-constructed on all levels, this 13th book features all of the key players in Sebastian's life and integrates them well into the mystery. I've become quite attached to Hero, Tom, Lovejoy, Gibson, Alexi, Hendon, and even Jarvis in a strange way, and they all play an important part in the drama that unfolds in this one. The mystery itself is quite complex, maybe more so than most of them, and I can't entirely say that I followed all of it as well as I needed. But I forced myself not to chea
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian and Hero investigate a murder while trying not to freeze their bits off. Winter is a bitch. Regency era winter even more so. Anyway, there's a lot of sadness in this book. Sebastian and Hero's relationship-slash-partnership helps balance it out somewhat, but CS Harris's depiction of the Regency era is not in any way rosy. I really like that.

p.s. Hero once again proves she's a badass.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Royal intrigue, a gifted female musician, the Frost Fair, Rothschild gold, and a cunning mystery draw Sebastian and Hero into a dangerous, wintry hunt.

The story opens with Hero stumbling over the nearly frozen body of Jane Ambrose, piano teacher to Princess Charlotte. The palace covers up the death, but Hero and Sebastian take up the investigation. They soon work out that any number of people, mostly powerful, are on the list of suspects.

Harris never ceases to amaze me how she is able to take th
Why Kill the Innocent
4 Stars

Sebastian St. Cyr finds himself embroiled in another murder investigation when his wife, Hero, literally stumbles across the dead body of Jane Somerset, Princess Charlotte's piano teacher. With the palace thwarting him at every turn, Sebastian uncovers the many secrets, both political and personal, surrounding the victim. Now if he can only determine which one led to her death...

Political intrigue plays a significant role in the story, and Harris's attention to histo
First Sentence: A howling wind flung icy snow crystals into Hero Devlin’s face, stinging her cold cheeks and stealing her breath.

London is experiencing one of its most severe winters. Returning to her carriage along with midwife Alexi Sauvage, Hero Devlin falls onto the body of a woman buried in the snow. This is no pauper frozen to death, but a well-dressed woman who had been killed and dumped. This is Jane Ambrose, music teacher to Princess Charlotte, the Regent’s daughter. Entangled in polit
Barbara Rogers
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #13
Publication Date: 4/3/18

I anxiously await each new release in this series and can hardly wait to start reading. Then, I am bereft when it ends. I always think that I’ll pace myself, read slower, enjoy longer, but, I always find myself flying through because I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book falls right into that mold. I really wish this author could write as quickly as I read! I love the characters, of course, but I also love the accuracy of the histor
"Curiosity is a dangerous weakness. You should strive to overcome it."

I have spent the last two months obsessing over this series, and having finally caught up is a bittersweet moment. I am uncertain how I'll make it an entire year before reading a new Sebastian St. Cyr book! Like its predecessors, Why Kill the Innocent is brilliantly written and addicting from the first page until the last. The historical knowledge woven with the fictional, always keeps me captivated. There is one scene that is
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The mystery in this was not my favorite. It kept circling around the same suspects. However I loved how one woman's murder tied in so closely with complicated politics of the time. The royal family had a big role in this although they rarely made an appearance themselves. One topic this book touched on was women's rights or more accurately their lack of them in those times regardless of whether they were rich or poor. No matter what their station in life they were always beholden to a man.

Julie Christine
I picked this up on a lark from the New Arrivals display at my local library. And now I know what I will be doing this autumn/winter: binge-reading the Sebastian St. Cyr series. This isn't my usual fare— historical thrillers, and series in particular — but C.S. Harris's writing is so smart and interesting, her characters irresistible, her pacing so fine, I'm hooked. As I seek to write my own contemporary mystery series, this is exactly the effect I'm after. Brava, writer. You have a new fan!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr series is very good; each book is always compelling and rich with historical detail. However, Why Kill the Innocent just seemed to push all those excellent qualities just a little bit further making this latest addition to the long-running series exceptional.

Here, Sebastian's wife, Hero stumbles upon the body of a gifted pianist, Jane Ambrose. Jane also happens to be Princess Charlotte's piano tutor. Unsurprisingly, the Crown doesn't want any hint of scandal to be
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We like to believe the world arcs toward justice—I suppose because it reassures us and makes us think there’s some sort of order to our existence. But what if we’re wrong? What if it’s all meaningless chaos and chance?”

“Even if it is, that doesn’t mean justice isn’t worth striving for. Less inevitable, perhaps, but not impossible.”

Such an amazing book! If I had to get caught up with no more books, this was the perfect one for it. I couldn't put it down. The story was as atmospheric as this gor
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars

I’ve kind of jumped around in this series. I was first introduced to this series when the twelfth book came across my desk for review. I had never heard of the series before but I was intrigued. So much so that I picked up the first book in the series to read before I jumped in so late in the series.

Yes there are a lot of things that happen between book 1 and book 12 as one might expect and yes I was a little disorientated reading the 12th book after basically missing a lot of characte
The Lit Bitch
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Take Two Review

When I first read this book, it was only the third book I had read in this series. I read book 1 and then book 12 before reading this one and that was it. I went into this one feeling a little lost in the series in regards to the principle characters, but tried to keep my focus on the mystery itself.

Then back in Dec, I decided to bit the bullet as it were and read the entire series again from beginning to end as it was intended and what I have discovered is this series is positiv
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone - an excellent Regency mystery!
Oh, how glad I am that C. S. Harris’ Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery #13) arrived yesterday. I opened the package and dove right in. Of course, I am sad that I have to wait another year until the author’s next installment to this series is released, but the wait is definitely worth it. Ms. Harris’ knowledge of Londin in 1814 is beyond excellent! I missed Sebastian and Hero, but they spent the last year being happily married while I climbed the walls anxiously waiting for #13! I ...more
Good couple teamwork in crime solving, which is just what I like. Loved the specificity of the real historical season, and Princess Charlotte. I now have more questions regarding the death of Hero's mother.
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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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