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What Angels Fear

(Sebastian St. Cyr #1)

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It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man-Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman ...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by NAL
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Richard Derus
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

The Publisher Says: It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found raped and savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol discovered at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now a fugitive runni
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Phrynne
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always a fan of a good historical mystery so I believe I have just found myself a new series! In this first book we meet Sebastian St Cyr, a young man who is good looking, charming, a little bit dangerous and of course rich. The setting is Regency England which is another big plus for me. Add to all this a good, fast paced story, an interesting mystery and several other sympathetic characters and you have yourself an excellent read. Looking forward to the next one.
Frances
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* London’s cobblestone streets in 1811 are flickering with gas lamps through an endless blanket of yellow foul smelling fog. Inside an ancient church, Rachel York is sprawled across an altar quite dead with her throat violently slashed several times leaving the young woman surrounded by a significant amount of blood. Once the crime scene has been searched, a pistol is found close by belonging to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, placing him at the top of the list as the slayer. Having the r ...more
Emma
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic! 4.5 stars. I think the series is probably a 5 star one. This Regency period murder mystery was very interesting to me. I know a lot about the Victorian era, but believed that everything I knew about the Regency period came from Georgette Heyer novels.

I am British. I studied history. I do not consider myself stupid. I saw 'The Madness of King George' and have visited the Regents Palace in Brighton. I first started reading Jane Austen novels when I was sixteen. Vanity Fair is o
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Jonetta
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Lauren
A young actress is found brutally murdered at the altar in a church and all evidence seems to point to Sebastian St. Cyr, Lord Devlin. It soon becomes clear to him that there are multiple forces at play, some powerful and political, and he goes on the run to investigate the crime to clear his name.

This is a well written historical mystery with a strong sense of place and Regency setting. The characterizations are outstanding as all of them have multiple layers and dimensions. We also watch Seba
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Thomas
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
I won book 10 in this series 2 years ago and liked it enough that I decided to go back and read more of the series. This book 1 in the series takes place in January, 1811, in London, England. The author uses a familiar formula,i.e., an innocent person is accused of murder and sets out to find the real murderer in order to clear himself.
Sebastian St Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is accused of killing Rachel York, a beautiful actress, found dead in a church with her throat slashed so severely that
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Bruce
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Faced with more than thirty-hours of travel time from Wisconsin to Papua New Guinea, I pondered what reading material to carry with me, first considering and rejecting a book of William Gass’s literary essays as requiring too much concentration and thought. Next I thought I might choose David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, a novel I read in 2004 when I concluded that it was a technical tour-de-force lacking substantive content. Recent reviews of the book by a number of readers whom I respect have made ...more
Caz
The Sebastian St. Cyr series is one I’ve meant to get around to reading for ages. I like historical mysteries, especially when there’s an intelligent, handsome, damaged hero on offer, so these sounded like they’d hit the spot. There are eleven books in the series now, and there’s no way I’m going to be able to catch up with them all in print, so I did what I usually do in this situation and turned to the audiobook version instead. Narrator Davina Porter is someone I’ve listened to before and e ...more
Ingrid
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I'm not very positive about this first book in the series. The protagonist reminded me of James Bond, but then situated in 1811. I had difficulty to stay focussed all those 341 pages. I doubt if I will pick up a next one very soon.
Kate's Corner
This was a proper old school murder mystery and I loved every second of it! Move over Sherlock Holmes and meet Sebastian St. Cyr. 4 Stars!

I was imaging this book as I TV series and thought hmm how about Tom Hiddleston after chatting with Rachel Adien Turner's name came up and he is soooo much better.

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Sebastian St. Cyr has been accused of murdering a young actress Rachel York in a most vulgar way. He is an Alpha with extraordinary talents both in and out of the bedroom.

When I first read the sc
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Lady Wesley
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lady Wesley by: Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Okay. I’m hooked. My favorite brew — mystery, history, and romance, delivered by the excellent narrator Davina Porter. The best part is there are twelve more books to binge on!
Linda
I have had C.S. Harris's 'Sebastian St. Cyr' historical mystery series on my GRs to-read list off and on for several years. I have read five of the writer's earlier romances under the name Candice Proctor and enjoyed her style of writing. Still, I was hesitant to start this series about forbidden love and second chances during Regency times.

And now I could kick myself.

WHAT ANGELS FEAR was an interesting introduction to the seamy side of London in the early 1800s. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount De
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Lyuda
Fantastic historical mystery!

I wouldn’t go into the plot description as the blurb described it accurately and, since it’s a mystery, the less it said about the plot, the better. Let me just say, don’t pick up the book if you only have time to read few chapters. It’s addictive and every chapter brings new turn and twist to the mystery. The author masterfully created a web that caught all echelons of British society -from the cockney lad to Prince Regent himself. I loved the attention to detail a
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Carolyn
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
London, 1811, King George III is descending into madness and his son is about to be crowned Prince Regent. When a young actress is found raped and murdered in a church with the note "St Cyr" in her appointment book and a pistol bearing the St Cyr crest near her body, young man about town, Sebastian St Cyr is immediately suspected of the crime. He manages to escape arrest but instead of fleeing the country goes undercover in an attempt to find the real murderer and clear his name.

This was an exc
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Felicia
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Changing it up, I started reading this series, a Regency mystery series with a dashing protagonist. Definitely melodramatic, but I truly enjoyed the pace and the characters. I adore period mysteries, so this was a win for me!
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Pretty much already in love with Sebastian. On to book 2
Tracey
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, hist-myst, mystery
What Angels Fear opens with the murder of a young woman who turns out to be an actress-cum-prostitute (Cyprian - I'd forgotten about that term). At the scene of the crime is found a dueling pistol with the name "St. Cyr" engraved on it - which obviously incriminates Sebastian St. Cyr, young nobleman and rake, who has been a sore disappointment to his father. But Sebastian (SSC) didn't do it, and when the officious twits of the London police force come to arrest him, he is rather indignant, espec ...more
Christa
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I enjoy historical mysteries, and this is one of the better ones that I have read. The storyline was good, and the mystery kept me guessing. I really liked the main character, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin. I am looking forward to reading the other three novels that are currently part of this series.

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is a rather mysterious young nobleman with uncanny vision and hearing. Rumors have abounded about him since his return from the Napoleonic Wars. When a young
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Ian
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III’s England. Then a beautiful young woman is found raped and savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol discovered at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

Now a fugitive running for his life, Sebastian calls upon
...more
Sam (AMNReader)
I don't even like mystery, but my timeline always had much to say about this series.

And I liked this. So engaging. Nicely character -driven.
Lynne Davis
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this excellent historical mystery. Great start to a series I will happily continue to follow! The character development was really good, and the descriptions of Regency London are outstanding. I enjoyed the slower pace. I can't believe this languished so long on Mt. TBR!
Mei
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I must thank many of my friends (Caz, Ira, Blackjack, Laura... just to mention a few!) for urging me to read this series because it's really, really good!

I loved the story and I was cheering Sebastian (Devlin) to discover who did it to save himself.

Every kind of problem happened to Devlin and I loved how and what he did to solve them!

He met some very interesting secondary characters, Tom, the stree urchin, Gibson, the ex army surgeon with whome Sebastian fought against the French, Lord Jarvis,
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✨Susan✨
This started out a bit slow for me but then it really took off. When a young, handsome man from the upper echelon is framed for a murder, things go from bad to worse very quickly. While being arrested a stabbing occurs and of course he is also blamed for the mishap. His fight or flight, officer training, kicks in and he recklessly escapes into the wrong side of town. While trying to blend in with the dregs of society he finds that it helps him to secretly walk among his peers and to figure out w ...more
G.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this one was... not perfect. BUT. I liked it overall. And I find I'm interested enough in Sebastian St. Cyr to want to read the next one. I'd recommend it for people in searh of Regency-set mystery. Maybe borrow it from the library, tho.
Phyllis
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in London in 1811, Sebastian St.Cyr is accused of the brutal murder of a woman in an ancient church. As he escapes his captors, he must find out who is the real murderer. Hiding in the seedier side of London, he uncovers secrets of his own family along with actors, artists and the aristocracy. Politics, scandal a little love and a broad range of characters make up this fast moving and page turner of a mystery.
Melissa McShane
I'm still not sure how much I liked this book. The Regency London setting is very well evoked, as is the political setting of a government on the cusp of a Regency that may upset the balance of power between the Tories and the Whigs. If anything, the setting may be a little too good; maybe it's just that I've been reading a lot of the history of this place and time lately, but there were times when I felt Harris was putting in details just to show how much she knew about Regency London. The myst ...more
Cris
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish this book. It started off well, a solid crime, a touch of history. But then Harris wrote a scene that struck me as bad farce and I couldn't get back into the story. Eventually I gave up.

At about pg 40, (view spoiler)
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Lisa
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pure escapism. Not extremely well-written, but I am a sucker for mysteries, especially when they are set in a foreign country. It is a weird mix of bodice-ripper and detective novel, though. I was kind of surprised by the sex scenes, they seemed unnecessary for the plot development. I guess it was to make sure you understood the relationship between two of the characters, but I think I got it before they rekindled their physical relationship. Maybe it was just meant to satisfy the usual audience ...more
Ira
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

It's a very good book to start a new series.
Our hero is 28y ex soldier viscount who accidentally became a detective, he was wrongly accused killed a young woman.
His choices either leave the country or try to find the real killer.
The mystery was good, and eventhought I don't like the heroine, she didn't ruin the storyline for me much!

So yeah, I'm hop to book #2.
I wonder how he will get involves with that case because when the magistrate asked him if he interested helping them in solv
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I've wanted to read this series for a while, mostly because I've enjoyed several of the authors books when she was writing as Candice Proctor. I wasn't really in the mood for historical mystery but the story drew me in and made me want to know the characters better.

I really don't care for books centered around English/French spying, the Napoleonic wars and the British government/royalty tug of war. There was a lot of that in this book but the plot and characters won me over. I
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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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