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What Angels Fear (Sebastian St. Cyr #1)

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In London, 1811, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered, her body left on the altar steps of an ancient church. The prime suspect: Sebastian St. Cyr, a brilliant young nobleman still haunted by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars. Now he is running for his life, desperate to catch the killer and prove his innocence. Moving from Mayfair's glittering ballrooms to St ...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by New American Library
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Stephanie
Exciting historical mystery with a bit of romance

Wow, this first book of the Sebastian St. Cyr series was wonderful! I can't wait to read them all !!!

Overview:
* In 1811 London preparations are being made to install Prince Regent as the monarch (as George III is mad)
* The Napoleonic Wars are on-going and there is a distinct difference between the have's and the have-not's in London
* A young actress is found raped and murdered in an old church
* The dueling pistol found at the scene is identifie
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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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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
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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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
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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Tracey
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 4-star, hist-myst
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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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
Carolyn
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
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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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
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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Leona
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good historical mystery set in the time period of 1811. The author certainly knows her topic delivering a thoroughly researched story with lots of suspects and a very careful and complex journey to the real killer. My only regret is there were some loose ends that could have been tied up more neatly. But, I guess I just need to read the other 12 books in the series to get my answers. : D
If not for this, I would have given it five stars.
Jacob Proffitt
This book worked quite well as an action/mystery hybrid set in Regency London (on the cusp of Regency, at any rate, as the Prince is made Regent near the end of the novel). Sebastian is an awesome protagonist in the competence-porn vein. There are politics, machinations, and murder with a hero motivated to get his hands dirty and dig to the bottom of some particularly gruesome murders.

This would have been a solid four stars if it weren't for the hero's motivations—or rather, lack thereof, outsid
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Christina
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been hearing too many good things about this series to pass it over any longer. I see what all the fuss is about. While a bit more violent than I expected, this was a solid start to a historical mystery series. Good characters, a fast moving plot and a solid mystery made for an entertaining read. The writing is crisp and sharp - I enjoyed it.

Sebastian's unusual abilities displayed in this book are explained through a rare syndrome called Bithil Syndrome- an explanation of which is included
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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
Susan Johnson
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read book number 6 and enjoyed it so much that I started at the beginning of the series. It's a good thing I did as it explained many of the relationships I didn't quite grasp in the later novel. This is a good historical mystery and I enjoyed it. Sebastian St. Cyr is framed for murder of a beautiful actress. He attempts to find the real murderer so he can free himself. He has to avoid the police and the people out to get to get him and those trying to blacken his father's political reputa ...more
Veronica
Three and a half stars

Boy, those anarchists certainly must have been a thorn in everyone's sides back in the day as this is the third historical mystery I've read that involved them as a main plot device. I feel the need to go brush up my world history now. In any event, this debut book by C.S. Harris, a female author, serves up an intriguing male protagonist in Sebastian St Cyr and an equally engaging murder mystery. The details of the murder/s are pretty horrendous and the chain of suspects le
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Lanie
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sebastian St Cyr, regency buck and all round hero, is accused of a murder he did not commit. Escaping from the authorities he sets out to discover the real killer and clear his name.

This book is great fun. A fast paced, action filled whodunit that kept me guessing till the moment of revelation.

The characters are a well done. Sebastian is charming, handsome, honourable, and heroic. He leaps through windows and swings from ropes. He questions suspects at the point of a pistol or a sword. He has
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Lauren
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Veronica
What Angels Fear
4 Stars

When the body of a young woman is discovered on the steps of an alter in a London church next to a distinctive pistol, Sebastian St. Cyr becomes the prime suspect. In order to clear his name, Sebastian will have to go on the run and investigate the crime himself with the aid of Tom, a snarky street urchin, and Kat, the woman who broke his heart. Can he uncover the truth before the real killer strikes again?

A very entertaining historical mystery. Harris seamlessly merges th
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LJ
WHAT ANGELS FEAR (Historical-England-1811) – Ex
Harris, C.S. – 1st in series
New American Library, 2005- US Hardcover – ISBN 0451216695

Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, escapes arrest for the brutal murder of an actress, former prostitute, in a church. His pistol was found at the murder scene and he refuses to provide himself an alibi. Against the backdrop of King George’s decent into madness, the coming Regency of the Prince of Wales and England’s continuing war with France, Sebastian realizes
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Sharon Penman
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend the Sebastian St Cyr Regency mysteries. She creates three-dimensional characters that are both flawed and sympathetic, and her "people" seem firmly rooted in their time and place--England circa 1810.
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!
mich
Dec 05, 2015 marked it as on-kindle-up-next  ·  review of another edition
Finally! I feel like I been waiting forever for this one to go on sale. $1.99 on Amazon right now. I really want to start this series :) http://www.amazon.com/What-Angels-Fea...
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