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Who Slays the Wicked

(Sebastian St. Cyr #14)

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The death of a fiendish nobleman strikes close to home as Sebastian St. Cyr is tasked with finding the killer to save his young cousin from persecution in this riveting new historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Why Kill the Innocent....

When the handsome but dissolute young gentleman Lord Ashworth is found brutally murdered, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount
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Hardcover, 341 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Berkley Books
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Taryn Kincaid They are stand-alones, in that the murders are largely solved in the books in which they occur, but the character arcs (internally and externally) of …moreThey are stand-alones, in that the murders are largely solved in the books in which they occur, but the character arcs (internally and externally) of the main characters proceed through from the 1st book onward, especially each character's relationships with the other characters. The 1st books are musts with regard to Sebastian and who he is...the events of the preceding books inform this one, especially the events in the last book. Better reading experience if you read them in order.(less)
Savanna On May 31, 2019 she posted a picture on her author Facebook of her plotting out book 16, so I'd say we're getting more!
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Julie
Who Slays the Wicked by C. S. Harris is a 2019 Berkley publication.

Well, naturally, I didn’t shed any tears over Ashworth’s demise. Good riddance, if you ask me. But the evidence tends to point to Sebastian’s niece, a development that made me as nervous as it did Sebastian.

It then becomes of utmost importance to keep suspicion away from Stephanie, if at all possible, in hopes of finding another viable suspect- of which there are plenty. However, more political intrigue develops when the Russia
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Diane S ☔
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It must be incredibly difficult for an author to maintain the high standards of a series the longer it lasts. Harris has done just that, and more. Each consecutive book, in my opinion, keeps getting better and better. Impressive, to say the least.

In this outing, a high ranking, though despicable member of the aristocracy in murdered, in the most dissolute of fashions. Although despised by many, including himself, Sebastian is called on to investigate. He is a ranking member of the aristocracy hi
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Phrynne
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
I loved every word of this beautiful book. Of course after the previous 13 books in the series I love Sebastian and his little family and the author can do no wrong in my eyes!

This episode had a large number of murders starting with the death of someone everyone wanted dead anyway. The only problem was that Sebastian's own niece became a suspect so of course he has to find the true killer. People then started to drop like flies, including quite a few at the hand of Sebastian himself.

As usual we
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
These Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries are so good! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Sebastian is tasked with finding the real killer when his cousin is accused of murder.

Sebastian’s cousin, Stephanie, married this handsome but unsettling nobleman against Sebastian’s wishes. Sebastian could never prove Ashworth did anything untoward, but he had strong suspicions. Stephanie was abandoned by Ashworth while pregnant, and evidence is found at the scene of his murder suggesting the killer is a woman.

Oh, I was completely
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Carolyn
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great series, with interesting and accurate historical research and details woven into the plot, wonderful, strong characters as well as glimpses of the underbelly of Regency London.

This fourteenth episode opens with the death of a nobleman, Lord Ashworth, husband of Sebastian St Cyr's cousin Stephanie. Ashworth is a vile and depraved man who gambles, doesn't pay his bills and likes to play sexual games with women from all levels of society. Sebastion also suspected he was involve
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Jonetta
Well, the day of reckoning for the despicable and detestable Lord Ashworth has arrived. The husband of Sebastian St. Cyr’s niece Stephanie was found brutally murdered in a compromising position at one of the homes he used for his sordid activities. Sebastian is assisting Chief Magistrate Henry Lovejoy in the investigation, as he does when a case involves a member of the aristocracy. With a long list of enemies, including himself, Sebastian, Viscount Devlin hates that his niece is the primary sus ...more
Hollis
I can't be the only one who cheered after that first chapter..

Not going to lie, I'm happy to be done with this binge. It's been a great ride, with some stories better than others, but in hindsight I don't know if this is the best series to go back to back for all fourteen (or even more than a handful). The repetitions, the phrasings, the fact that I'm now realizing that Harris might have written each book in a way that could allow it to stand on it's own (or at least allow readers to pop in mid
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Mei
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I love how constant is the good writing in this series! The author thoroughly researched the period and you can "feel" how life was in London in that period! It's just wonderful!

The mystery part is, as usual, very interesting and convoluted and I kept guessting (wrongly) who did it! LOL

What I missed more here is family time between Sebastian and Hero and Sebastian's "meetings" with Jarvis and what Jarvis is doing with Victoria.

Don't get me wrong, we get all that, but it's too short for my taste!
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Great story with many twists to get lost in!
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I have to say I love her covers! They are just perfectly matched to the story and add so much to the intrigue of the book. And this new release has a lot of intrigue!

One thing that strikes me when I start getting into this type of story is that you really have to give it several chapters to get into the mood, culture, and time-frame of the story. Setting up the story is critical for this book.

That is one of the strong points with thi
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Monnie
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Choosing the word "enthralled" to describe my feelings toward this historical mystery - especially since it's full of murder, mayhem and some very nasty people - might seem a bit strange, but that's exactly how I felt from the first page to the last. It's also my first of 14 books in this series, so another prime emotion I felt when I finished is sadness that I hadn't read the predecessors. What an attention-holding, well-written book!

It's also well-researched, and that adds substantially to the
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sebastian St. Cyr is not especially sad when Lord Ashworth is found brutally murdered. The man was a menace and Sebastian suspects that he was involved with the kidnapping and murder of Street Children. He just couldn't prove anything. And, he couldn't stop his niece Stephanie from marrying him. Stephanie has given birth to two healthy sons, but the marriage was far from a happy one. Ashworth pretty much just abandoned his wife at his father's mansion and continued to live as he did before he ma ...more
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Enjoyed it, as always. Sometimes with long-running series, the books start to go downhill, but that is not the case with the Sebastian St. Cyr books. I always, always enjoy them! Love the characters, love the description of that time, love the mystery. Looking forward to the next one!
The Lit Bitch
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take Two Review

Last year in April, I read this installment of the Sebastian St Cyr series and I while I thought it was good, it was only my fourth book of the series I had read so naturally I was missing a substantial amount of the character nuances.

This series as a whole, can be read as a stand alones for the most part, but there are a couple of books where the mysteries overlap and this being one of them. There are many characters from an earlier book, Where the Dead Lie, which was the first
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Maureen Carden
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As always I am in absolute awe of the historical details in this series. These details are brought forth both through St Cyr's investigations and through his wife Hero's series of newspaper articles.
It's always fun to cheer the death of a villain who lived too long.
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I hope we were are reading p
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #14
Publication Date: 4/2/19
Number of Pages: 352

Yet another Sebastian St. Cyr book that engrossed me to the point that I couldn’t put it down. Once I started reading, I didn’t stop until the last word on the last page was finished – at about 5 AM. My kidneys are grateful that there won’t be another new release in the series for several more months. This is a wonderful series and if you haven’t read the prior books, you really should. Sebastian’s life has taken a lot of t
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*The Angry Reader*
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this series! And I thought this one was a lot of fun. The murder victim was a bit of a disappointment considering prior interactions. But the politics were interesting and the murderer was satisfying.
Hero was on point here. Just top freakin notch.
There was a good bit of set up on the Victoria front, and I’m looking forward to resolution in the final book.
And that said - I have a lot of emotion about being on the cusp of ending things with Sebastian. He’s been a steady source of reliabl
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Blackjack
3.5

I'm having some bittersweet emotions now that I am up to date with the series. For the first time I await a new release to continue my reading obsession with the Sebastian St. Cyr books.

I’m also though feeling just a little letdown by this 14th book. And it's even stranger because this one represents the conclusion to Where the Dead Lie (Book 12), which has probably been my favorite of all the St. Cyr books. In that earlier one I was applauding Harris's choice to end the 12th book with the c
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Lorraine
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of Sebastian St Cyr Regency Mysteries,
My copy of C. S. Harris’ Who Slays the Wicked (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery #14) arrived two days ago, and being a Sebastian St. Cyr fanatic, what else could I do except take a quick look?! That quick look translated into reading straight through the book - beginning to end to author’s notes. Sebastian, am I ever glad you, Hero, and your son, Simon are back! Ms. Harris begins this book with such a descriptive murder scene that the reader just has to keep reading! I truly had no choice. (I apologize ...more
Lauren
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who Slays the Wicked
4 Stars

Sebastian St. Cyr is more than eager to assist Bow Street when his niece's malevolent husband is found brutally murdered in his own bed. Who besides Stephanie could have wanted to depraved cur dead?

A solid installment with some much-needed closure for Stephanie whose marriage to the diabolical Lord Ashworth was more than a little cringe-inducing. The details surrounding Stephanie's childhood add to her characterization and make her all the more sympathetic to the reade
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Ira
Another fantastic read! ❤️

Review later, after I return from my holiday! 😘
Tracy
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars. Another really engaging story about Sebastian St. Cyr. I’m not sure if it is the historical details or the characters in these books but I really like them.
Susan Johnson
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Although this is the 14th book in the series, it certainly hasn't gone stale. It can also be easily read as a stand alone so you can dip in even if you haven't read any other books. This mystery is just too delicious to miss.

Lord Ashworth is brutally murdered and found in a despicable state. He is well known for his terrible appetites for unacceptable behaviors, he is found ties to his bedpost with red ties and women's clothes scattered around him. St. Cyr is called in to investigate and he ha
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Kira
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book in a long time that I devoured. As usual, C.S. Harris kept me guessing till the end. The mystery hit close to home for Sebastian because the person murdered was his niece’s husband. He was a man with many enemies and almost everyone was happy to see him dead. His death had to be investigated because of his station.

Sebastian uncovered secrets about his family. However they were not the ones about his parents. I do believe the author has a plan in mind about where all of th
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Veronica
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been awhile since I've been able to visit with my favorite sleuthing Viscount so I loved being able to settle in with him for another Regency era murder investigation. This book ties in directly to the people and events from Where the Dead Lie, book twelve in the series and one that dealt with some truly dark, human inflicted evils.

His society had failed these children both in life and in death. Did they rest easy now? he wondered. Did something of them linger somewhere still? Something be
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Glen
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

Sebastian St. Cyr is called in when a corrupt sadistic Lord is murdered. It turns out St. Cyr's niece was his wife, and she becomes an instant suspect, not that there are a shortage of those. To know the corpse was to hate him. He was involved in human trafficking and assorted other crimes.

St. Cyr pokes around and finds connections to the Royals, a French fortune teller, and a visiting Russian duchess. There's also all kinds of descriptions of how terrible
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Hannah
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Weak 3, mainly in honor of the series as a whole then this one book (which would have probably gotten a 2 by itself).

This was a hard one for me to rate. Its better then a lot of historic mysteries, but I was a little bored throughout it. There was not a lot of action, it was mostly just Sebastian going around talking to people, then Jarvis comes to warn him off of investigating, then someone tries to kill him and he kills them instead, then Hero introduces him to one of the street people she int
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Allison Keith
The mysteries revolving around Sebastian, Viscount Devlin, is one of my favourite historical crime series. Who Slays the Wicked is the fourteenth in the series, and this story can be read as a standalone. Though to truly appreciate the character development of the protagonist and his personal connections, I recommend reading the entire series. This is a dark, gritty, layered mystery that details the harrowing conditions of the poor and destitute of Georgian era London. The research is impeccable ...more
Em Wittmann
I gave this a B at At About Romance. My full review is here: Who Slays the Wicked.

Do you love historical romance and/or historical mysteries? Then you should be reading (or listening to) the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Who Slays the Wicked, the fourteenth book in this long-running series, is another compelling entry – although it isn’t quite as strong as many of the novels that precede it. As usual, Ms. Harris masterfully disguises her villain until the bitter end, and there are red herrings a
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Cody
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Evil shall slay the wicked, and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate....He stared at that inscription for a long time, his thoughts on the grief stricken mother who had undoubtedly chosen it. 'I'm sorry,' he said aloud to the dead girl. I'm sorry I didn't stop him in time to save you. I'm sorry someone didn't stop him long ago. I'm sorry, sorry, sorry. And it came to him that he was doing a lot of apologising to graves lately." (241)

Full review to come!

Rating: 3.5/5
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Historical 1814 mystery a winner!

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is asked by Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy to investigate the savage murder of the debauched Anthony Ledger, Lord Ashworth. The investigation becomes one of personal involvement, with international diplomatic overtones, specifically related to a state visit by the Tsar's sister, the Grand Duchess Catherine of Oldenburg.
Sebastian's niece Stephanie is the personal issue. She'd married Ashworth despite Sebastian's vigorou
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“I know what he was like,’ said Sebastian.

McCay’s daughter made a harsh, scoffing sound in her throat. ‘Do you? Ashworth came close to ruining us. He did it as deliberately and casually as a normal person might step on a bug. Men like him, they think their wealth and lineage give them the right to do whatever they please to anyone weaker or poorer than they are. And you know why they think that way? Because it’s true — they always get away with it. Always. No one stops them. No one dares to stop them. And there’s no real way for those they harm to fight back.”
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“Hero gave a faint, sad smile. ‘The odd thing is, he’s always claimed he likes women who are ornamental rather than educated. Yet while Victoria affects a kind of chatty, cheerful mindlessness in public, she’s never made any attempt to hide either her intelligence or her learning from Jarvis. I wouldn’t have expected that to appeal to him, but it obviously does.’

‘People’s tastes can change over the years.’

‘Dear Lord,’ said Hero suddenly, as if a thought had just occurred to her. ‘I don’t even like her. What am I going to do if he marries her?’

‘Get a lot of practice at smiling dissemblance.”
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