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Where Serpents Sleep

(Sebastian St. Cyr #4)

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Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, enlists Sebastian St. Cyr's help in investigating the brutal murders of eight prostitutes.

Following a trail of clues from London's seedy East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core?
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by NAL
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Thomas
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 .5 stars for another excellent book in this fine series which has never disappointed me. I won book 10 in this series 3 years go and have since been going to the library to read the rest of the series in order.
This book opens with a murder of a prostitute in a home for prostitutes run by Quakers who want to redeem them. There is a woman with the prostitute who is interviewing her. Hero Jarvis wants to gather evidence that most prostitutes are driven to prostitution by economic necessity, not
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Phrynne
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And still this series keeps getting better. I really enjoyed this one! Sebastian is such a likable character and we start to see a whole other side of Hero too. The underground scene is certainly a step in the right direction! I like that Sebastian has a whole team of reliable friends behind him now, people he can rely on to help him out. Smart people too who are more than a match for the baddies. I think Sebastian is beginning to discover his strengths now and that he will soon be able to put ...more
Carolyn
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This series just seems to get better and better. Perhaps because Sebastian St Cyr, Lord Devlin has settled into his role as a high society sleuth and investigator of murders and has decided to put aside his wallowing in misery over his ill-fated affair with Kat, a Covent Garden actress. Perhaps it's because the politics and events of the regency period are so well integrated into the plot to add interest and substance to the crimes committed and those involved. Perhaps it's also because of the ...more
Mei
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Oh, what a ride!



Poor Sebastian!!! How can he says no to Hero, Jarvis' daugther?

And how can the death of several prostitutes lead to the death of Prime Minister?

Oh, I love the devious mind of C.S. Harris and how Sebastian and Hero are led by their noses around searching for killers, only to sumble on corpse after corpse one after the other!

This was another intricate story, but I got used to them in this series! That's why I said "poor Sebastian"!

I already knew what end met the poor women, being
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Emma
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 This story was very good, as are they all so far in the series. It was much more interesting to have Hero Jarvis play a more significant role and much more interesting with less of Kat Boleyn! I enjoy the backdrop and contextual details of the Napoleonic war and the range of postings for military men was surprisingly wide (to me anyway!) I enjoyed the relationship between Sebastian and his great aunt and loved the details in the fashion of the time- the turbans with fruit or feathers on in ...more
Felicia
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I skipped books 2 and 3 accidentally to read this, but not really, haha. I read the synopses and I really wasn't so into the main characters' relationships in #1, and when I saw the description on THIS one, #4, I snapped it up: I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK!

Why? Because of a GREAT female character "Hero Jarvis". So funny and fresh and just a delight to read about, I found myself wishing she were the lead character over and over, and her interactions with the hero were delightful. SOO MUCH BETTER THAN
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Lyuda
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series continues to be a top notch historical suspense with an added bonus of just budding but very promising romance. And again, as with other installments, the journey of solving mystery is much more enjoyable than the resolution itself. I should get used to it by now and not even try to guess the culprit as it's usually not on par with the story.
Hollis
Five stars for every scene with Hero.

But the rest of this mystery, and the pacing, was a bit of a miss for me. Didn't quite measure up to the previous two. But still hella enjoying.
Veronica
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely my favorite book in the series so far. It once again presents an interesting murder mystery, with origins rooted in the darker aspects of mankind, wrapped up in some political intrigue and all the hallmarks of the regency period in which it all takes place. But this series has consistently done that since the first book so what changed with this one? What bumped it up to a four star book for me? Well, for starters, there was blessedly little of Kat this time around. Maybe the ...more
Lady Wesley
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Magnificent. I am in awe of this author’s talent.
Blackjack
4.5 - Easily as good as the others though I especially enjoyed the enhanced role of Hero Jarvis in this one. I did though have a slight deduction for a somewhat confusing mystery that was pretty twisty by the end, and I'm not sure still if all the parts came together as well as they could.

The story starts off on such a strong note with Hero working undercover as a journalist in a brothel in her efforts to try to influence legislation to help prostitutes in London. Unbeknownst to her, the young
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G.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book four takes place months after the last one, because Sebastian needed time to pickle his liver after the way things ended with Kat. I'm not throwing stones, because I'd turn my liver into a vinegar gherkin too. Just not because of the heartache, but because of the wtf-ery of the revelation.

Anyway, I liked this book best so far. The mystery was great, Sebastian's still a favourite, and we finally get an amazing female character. I had hopes that CS Harris would do something with Hero Jarvis,
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Paraphrodite
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2019
3.5 stars.

Hero Jarvis is finally front and centre in this one. Although I thought what happened between her and Sebastian seem a bit too quick and I wonder how their relationship's going to turn out.

I liked how the author managed to link everything together especially as there're actually quite a few mysteries/secrets to be revealed.
Melanie A.
Audio: 5 STARS!!
Story: 5 STARS!!


My love affair with Sebastian St. Cyr continues. :D
LJ
WHERE SERPENTS SLEEP (Hist. Mys-Sabastian St. Cyr-England-Regency/1812) - Ex
Harris, C.S. (aka Candice E. Proctor) – 4th in series
Obsidian, 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780451225122

First Sentence: The girl stared out the window, one hand sliding up and down her shawl-covered arm in a ceaseless, uneasy motion.

Hero Jarvis is a reformist working on a theory as to what drives women to prostitution. She is also daughter to a cousin of the Prince regent. While interviewing one of the women, Rose, who
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kris
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Hero Jarvis witnesses the murder of 8 prostitutes and barely escapes with her own life, she does the only logical thing and approaches Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, to request he get ON THE CASE. Sebastian, who is busy pouting about his break up, finally does get ON THE CASE and also on Hero Jarvis?

1. I yearned for more Hero Jarvis?? And while I loved every page that I got, I just wanted that touch of more that I am clearly not going to get until book #94 which, ugh. But HERO JARVIS,
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Nancy
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. They are set in the Regency period in England and are very well researched. In this book, Sebastian solves the mysteries of deaths involving women who have worked in a brothel at the request of Hero Jarvis. There were scandals and secrets galore,
Tracy
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is quite addictive, I’ve read four of them in eight days.
*The Angry Reader*
What can I say at this point? Y’all should listen to me anyway. I’m hooked. A goner. I’m 4 books in and no lookin back.

The mystery was..okay. But who’s here for that? This is 100% sebastian. And that was amazing. So much is happening - to him. Around him. Bc of him. And there are huge issues brewing.

I can gush about Sebastian. His layers. His loss. His pain. His sense of right and wrong. His goodness - downplayed but ever present. But as stated - I’m hardly a reliable reviewer here. I’m
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Mikki Crisostomo
The five stars are for Hero Jarvis, whose name really fits the bill. I liked Kat well enough, but Hero really impressed the pants off me. I love her strength and determination as much as I love her imperiously stiff upper-lip. I read her as a character with the bearing of an Amazon queen and the buttoned-up appearance of a librarian, and that is a fascinating combination. If more female characters had the stuff Hero Jarvis is made of, we'd be wading through a lot less crap.

I know that Kat is the
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Rebecca
4.5 STARS

My favorite book thus far; the last 25% completely blew my mind.

This series is brilliant. I am astounded these books don't get more attention. It's quickly becoming a favorite series of this genre.
Susan in NC
Dec 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical mystery fans, Regency fans
Recommended to Susan in NC by: Amazon rec. the series
Shelves: favorites
This is the fourth in the series, and definitely my FAVORITE so far. The three previous books are definitely worth reading, but there was an atmosphere of darkness (hence, St. Cyr being labelled "troubled" and "brooding") surrounding the books. In the fourth book, I feel like St. Cyr is finally lightening up a little and finding his sense of humor - and Hero Jarvis moves to center stage, which helps immensely!

St. Cyr is trying to live with the pain of the end of his relationship with Kat (which
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Andree
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books like to make the cases really complicated. They're interesting, and they're well set in their time and place, but midway through this I had more than one moment of moment of "what, who is that guy again?"

I enjoyed a lot more of the personal stuff in this, obviously. Enjoyed Hero and Sebastian investigating together, and definitely enjoyed her bluntness. More Hero.

Less pleased that Sebastian's father was barely in this, though understandable. And there was too much Kat, though I
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Angela
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series just gets better and better. While I had an inkling who the murderer was, the ending was still a surprise as it took an unexpected turn. Sebastian continues to be a great sleuth as pieces of information are discovered and Hero Jarvis proved a wonderful addition to Sebastian's crime solving team.
Caz
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow (when I've got rid of this cold and can see straight to type!)
Amanda
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This is really a good historical fiction series. I miss Kat but Hero Jarvis is growing on me. The ending of this one was touching and I’m looking forward to more.
Paula
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the last 1/4 of this book!!
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
This was another good one in the murder mystery series. The year is 1812. It is harder to solve murders when there is not anything in the way of technology to speed things along. Good ole St. Cyr is determined to see his way through to the end of a crime, or many crimes as it turned out. I like his character and would have enjoyed the book more if I had been able to hear more of 11 year old Tom, but keeping up with Lord Jarvis's daughter almost made up for it. I love the way this one ended and I ...more
Teresa
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
4.5 Stars.

And each book continues to get better and better. I think part of the reason for that is how intricately C.S. Harris has crafted this plot. Everything builds from book to book in unexpected ways. The blend of historical bits with the author’s own imagination is incredible. I feel like I’m getting a bit more intelligent with each book...
Be
It bears repeating that I am thoroughly enjoying this series! This one is as good as the others. She keeps her writing style tight with no unnecessary babble and long winded conversations (which I love) . So glad I came across this series!
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