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Who Slays the Wicked

(Sebastian St. Cyr #14)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  140 reviews
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
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Berkley Books
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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
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
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
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
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Great story with many twists to get lost in!
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
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
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
Another fantastic read! ❤

Review later, after I return from my holiday! 😘
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
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
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
The Lit Bitch
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another series that I came into way late in the game. I read the first book in the series and then skipped a head to books 12 and 13. And of course now, here we are at book 14.

I love Sebastian, AKA Viscount Devlin, though so I couldn’t pass up this book when it came up for review. I will get into how jumping around in the series effected my reading experience later on in my review, but for now I want to talk a little bit about why this series appealed to me.

When I was pitched the 12th bo
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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.S. Harris' Sebastian St. Cyr has been a favourite historical mystery series of mine for a long time. I am constantly recommending it to avid mystery fans for its gritty atmosphere and the fantastic characters that Harris has created.

With this being the fourteenth book in the series, I can honestly say that this is a series that does not get stale. The author always succeeds at pulling forth historical facts that I find endlessly interesting, especially since Harris captures both the lower and
I always look forward to (and pre-order) the latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. I enjoy the characters of Sebastian and Hero very much. They have settled into their relationship and the book is much more focused on the crime than their marriage. A very well-done mystery with a dramatic ending.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this installment in the series! I went back in forth between reading and the audio.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have much to say at book 14 in this series! Other than it's nice that it IS book 14 and I still looked forward to it and am still looking forward to book 15.
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 and
When a murder hits too close to home, Sebastian finds himself investigating the death of the man he most reviled. The difficulty is that it turns out everyone hated the man and the man's wife, Sebastian's niece has the most reason.

In this fourteenth installment of the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series, I found myself transported once again to Regency Era London on the eve of the Napoleonic War coming to an end when a sadistic fiend who raped and murdered young children, took advantage
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
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at Reading Reality

In contemporary mystery, it is usually considered a requirement that the investigator be an impartial observer, that he or she not have any relationship to the victim or the possible suspects. Although it is often a plot point that an involved detective pursues the case anyway.

No such restriction hampers Sebastian St. Cyr. His investigations, though often at the behest of Bow Street, are always at least somewhat unofficial. And as a high-ranking member of t
Barb in Maryland
Another solid entry in this long running series. Sebastian St Cyr (Viscount Devlin) has a tough and very personal crime to solve this time around.
Long time readers will cheer because the murder victim is the very wicked Lord Ashworth. The list of potential murderers is a mile long. Alas, the name of Devlin's niece Stephanie tops the list, as she was Ashworth's estranged wife. Stephanie claims she didn't do the deed, but can Devlin believe her?
If not Stephanie, then who else would have opportunit
ARC received courtesy of Berkley Publishing

This is the first "Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery" that I've had the pleasure of reading. I want to go back and start at the beginning to read the rest but I didn't feel like I couldn't enjoy this book without having read the others.

The impeccable research on the time period made the streets and culture of London in 1814 seem like another character. The immense gulf between the rich and the poor was evident and well-characterized. Even the language differenc
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I binge read this series over a year ago, I found it difficult to come up with anything new to say about each book, which was always at least a 4 star for me. Now, not having read this series since last January, I'm still struggling to find anything new to say that I haven't already said. I'll say: I'm glad for who the victim was, the mystery kept me guessing, Amanda is a worse bitch than I ever though, and I continue to want to Sebastian and Hero to adopt multiple people. Speaking of Hero, ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent historical mystery by C. S. Harris! I've read this series since the beginning and have never yet been disappointed. I particularly like the relationship between Sebastian and Hero, which was probably atypical among the upper class at that time. I also enjoy reading about Hero's interest in and encounters among London's poor (VERY atypical for her class and time). I won't do a summary, the publisher and everyone else has provided that. I will say that I was quite surprised by wh ...more
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Another brilliant installment! I never want this series to end.
Jan McClintock
This was another good volume in this popular series of historical mysteries set in Regency London. Sebastian St. Cyr must find the killer of his dastardly nephew-in-law, the same one who figured prominently and horribly in a previous book.

The trouble is, there are so many suspects! Ashworth was hated by so many people, including Sebastian's own niece, that the vicount has a tough time narrowing down the field. He goes through the usual investigation, asking questions of everyone that might know
This 14th book in the historical mystery series featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, his wife Hero, and a cast of other characters from the Prince Regent to a former pick pocket, made for enjoyable reading for a few days. A ranking member of the ton is murdered, one with close ties to St. Cyr's family who he would have liked to kill himself. Turns out most anyone in the book wanted to kill him, making the case harder to solve due to the plethora of suspects, including Sebastian's own niece Stephanie, th ...more
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