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What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris
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Nov 07, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

The drama just doesn't stop for Sebastian St. Cyr. After the revelations of a previous book, he found himself in an unplanned situation that has led to something else unplanned. But first - the mystery he finds himself involved in brings about truths that have been kept secret. And family secrets are the worst secrets because when they are revealed, they cut to the bone.

The Bishop of London, in line to be the Archbishop of Canterbury, is counseling Miss Hero Jarvis about a new - shall we say - development in her life. He is called to his ancestral home because an old crypt has been re-opened (after he had ordered it sealed up some thirty years ago). He is murdered and his body found near another body. Well, it is a crypt after all. But this body turns out to be his older brother who disappeared thirty years ago. Who killed Nigel? Did it have anything to do with an official trip to the Colonies in 1782 and incendiary letters written in support of the new nation? What about Sir Nigel's travelling companions -Charles, Lord Jarvis (father of Hero), the Earl of Hendon (father of Sebastian, Viscount Devlin), and William Franklin (former Royal Governor of New Jersey and son of Ben.)

Once again, C. S. Harris weaves a tale where all the threads seem to be loose until they all come together into a design that reveals more than we had hoped to know. This particular book explores the relationships between fathers and sons and fathers who didn't know they had sons and sons who aren't who they think they are. But decisions made cannot be undone and our characters must move forward to take honorable actions and salvage their pride and heritage. There are two more books after this and I hope the author is quickly writing more books.

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