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Regency England, August 1812. Sebastian's plans to escape the heat of London for a honeymoon are shattered when the murdered body of Hero's good friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, is discovered drifting in a battered boat at the site of a long-vanished castle known as Camlet Moat. A beautiful young antiquarian, Miss Tennyson had recently provoked an uproar with her controversialRegency England, August 1812. Sebastian's plans to escape the heat of London for a honeymoon are shattered when the murdered body of Hero's good friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, is discovered drifting in a battered boat at the site of a long-vanished castle known as Camlet Moat. A beautiful young antiquarian, Miss Tennyson had recently provoked an uproar with her controversial identification of the island as the location of Camelot. Missing and presumed also dead are Gabrielle's two young cousins, nine-year-old George and three-year-old Alfred.Still struggling to define the nature of their new marriage, Sebastian and Hero find themselves occasionally working at cross-purposes as their investigation leads from London's medieval Inns of Court to its seedy back alleys, and from grand country homes to rural enclaves where ancient Celtic beliefs still hold sway. As he probes deeper, Sebastian also discovers dark secrets at the heart of the Tennyson family, and an enigmatic young French lieutenant with a dangerous, mysterious secret of his own.Racing to unmask a ruthless killer and unravel the puzzle of the missing children, Sebastian and Hero soon find both their lives and their growing love for each other at risk as their investigation leads to Hero's father, who is also Sebastian's long-time nemesis... and to a tall, dark stranger who may hold the key to Sebastian's own parentage....

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When Maidens Mourn Reviews

  • Jonetta
    2019-04-20 16:31

    Sebastian and Hero are four days into their marriage when the honeymoon is interrupted by the murder of Gabrielle Tennyson, an antiquarian and good friend of Hero's. Both of them are drawn into the investigation, working together and sometimes at cross purposes. This was a gnarly mystery with lots of players and suspects who might have benefited from Gabrielle's death. I loved the way Hero and Sebastian interacted with each other, even when they weren't being as forthcoming as they should have been as they were aware of each's subterfuge. Their relationship deepened throughout the investigation and it was lovely to witness. They're not completely there but are definitely on the right path. The villain turned out to be someone on my suspect list but pretty far down. The clues were there and I should have gotten it right. I really enjoyed this story, the mystery and the burgeoning relationship between Sebastian and Hero. There were important developments affecting them and others in their sphere, including the powerful Jarvis. And, a new character was introduced that has the potential of setting Sebastian on his heels. I can't wait for the next book!

  • Phrynne
    2019-04-16 19:36

    Book number seven and still the action gets better and better. Of course the biggest development is in the relationship between the main characters, Sebastian and Hero. The author is managing to write a delightful romance without letting it take over the plot of each book, and she is so good at writing that last little chapter which leaves the reader wanting more.I think I enjoyed this book a teeny bit more than the last one because it was a bit less political and I was able to follow the mystery better. I even had a good guess as to who the villain was. If you enjoy historical mysteries then you really should make time to read this series. It is quietly brilliant!

  • Carolyn
    2019-04-10 21:30

    Sebastian and Hero are all set for a well deserved honeymoon on his family estate when they receive news that Hero's friend Genevieve Tennyson has been found murdered, drowned in Camlet Moat. Like Hero, Genevieve is a feminist and interested in archaeology. She had been excavating Camlet Moat as she suspected it was the legendary Camelot. Most disturbing is that her two young male cousins were with her at the Moat and are now missing, possibly dead.Cancelling their honeymoon plans, Sebastian and Hero embark on an investigation of Genevieve's murder and a search for the two young boys. What they uncover is a complex web of revenge and deceit involving Genevieve's family, a French lieutenant and Hero's own father Jarvis meddling in Anglo-French relationships. I always enjoy reading this series of books, not just for the dashing young Sebastian (and now his elegant partner Hero) but also for the ongoing mystery of his birth and heritage as well as the detailed and accurate depiction of the period and history of the times that Ms Harris researches so well.

  • Selena Paulsen
    2019-04-18 23:27

    Oh, how I love Sebastian St. Cyr novels. The previous entry, "Where Shadows Dance" may be on my list of top 20 books ever. But, unfortunately, "When Maidens Mourn" won't make that list. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad novel, it's just not great either. The appeal of the St. Cyr series is threefold: gritty fascinating history, tangled dark mysteries, and subtle wrenching romance. So, let's take a look at each of those in this newest installment. History - once again, Harris creates a regency era that you can almost see and smell. This time we are also immersed in tales of Arthurian legend, the search for Camelot and the burgeoning hopes of the era's English subjects that a "savior" is on the way. However, while interesting, the novel fails to follow this storyline through to any sort of conclusion, and instead offers us a totally unrelated solution to the mystery while the Arthurian legends and regency era political twists simply drift away leaving us feeling vaguely frustrated and dissatisfied. As previously mentioned, the mystery portion of the story meanders along a couple of complex routes, one based on the Arthurian legends, and the other based on troubles within the regency, leading the reader to try to guess which one will pan out as the source of the murder. Then, suddenly in a few pages, the mystery is solved by a vehicle wholly unrelated to the existing two, and not anywhere near as interesting. It's almost as if the author didn't go into the plot with a notion of how it would wind up and then, stuck without a resolution in mind, resorted to something so much less than what this series is capable of. The romance of protagonist Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife, Hero Jarvis St. Cyr was a beautiful and darkly promising end to the previous installment, "Where Shadows Dance." In this newest book, we are shown Sebastian and Hero, but we never really feel them. When one of them reflects internally on their relationship it doesn't ring true, and their reactions to one another are so downplayed that we can hardly tell if they really have any feelings for one another or not. In addition, the continual presence of Sebastian's former lover, Kat, is contrived and really just serves to spoil his burgeoning relationship with Hero. We don't want to hear about how he'll always love Kat, we want to feel how he is beginning to love Hero. Harris is a fine writer(s) who uses language and imagery in a lovely way, so it is hard to say that reading any Sebastian. St. Cyr novel is ever unpleasant. However, in terms of the series, this is definitely a disappointment. It feels like a placeholder and perhaps it is. I will hope that the next entry is back up to the high standards of Harris and the series.

  • Kim
    2019-04-05 18:41

    Mild spoilers aheadI've now read six of the seven books in this series*, which is set in Regency London and features Peninsular War veteran Sebastian St Cyr, aka Viscount Devlin, and his wife, the feisty and feminist Hero Jarvis. Like lots of other crime fiction writers, Harris has a formula for these books and she pretty much sticks to it. Here's how it goes:(a) Brief introduction;(b) Murder is discovered;(c) Sebastian (and Hero) become involved in investigation;(d) Investigation proceeds, consisting of Sebastian and Hero taking themselves around London - mostly separately but occasionally together - interviewing suspects and/or witnesses;(e) Sebastian and Hero exchange information and/or hide information from each other**;(f) Sebastian and/or Hero get themselves beaten up and/or save themselves and/or each other and/or other people from being beaten up;(g) Sebastian and/or Hero kill someone in self defence or in defence of someone else;(h) Murder is solved and murderer brought to justice. The above proceeds with the accompaniment of the requisite number of red herrings and a good sprinkling of historical information to set the narrative in place and time. This particular instalment involves Arthurian legend, French prisoners of war and the Tennyson family. Formulaic writing does not make good literature and that is certainly true of this novel. However, it's not all that's wrong with the writing. I wrote in my review of the sixth novel in the series, Where Shadows Dance, that Harris brought out my inner pedant. The same applies in this instalment. For example, Harris uses language to set the novel in place and time, using some particular expressions to help re-create 1812 London. I don't have a problem with her doing that: the use of language is a central characteristic of the work of Georgette Heyer, who virtually created the Regency romance genre and to whom Harris clearly owes a debt. However, if a writer is going to use that technique, then it's best to avoid, for example, Americanisms. Somehow I doubt that a cook working in a genteel London household in 1812 made "oatmeal cookies". There are other examples of sloppy use of language. "Disinterested", for example, is used more than once in the narrative. This word does not mean what Harris (or her editor) apparently think it means. In addition, Harris has a thing for the verb "to hunker down", which is used to excess. This expression also featured heavily in Where Shadows Dance. How hard would it be to find a synonym? I can think of about six without consulting a thesaurus. There's nothing particularly unusual about formulaic writing in crime fiction and I'm not entirely sure why it bothers me in this series, or why I focus on linguistic quirks which might not concern me otherwise. But those aspects of the writing do annoy me, even if not quite enough to stop me reading the series altogether. I've been wondering why I persist with it and I don't really know the answer. Maybe it's just that since I practically grew up on Georgette Heyer romances, the Regency period appeals to me. In addition, Sebastian and Hero are quite interesting characters and Harris is good at historical research and at integrating history into her plots. For the time being I'm going to hang on to those positives and read the next book in the series when it appears. And then I'll probably complain about it. This gets a low three stars - more like 2-1/2 stars - for the historical setting and the integration of the Tennyson family into the plot, for the appearance of a very appealing dog and for the fact that it's a quick and easy read.*I didn't bother with #2 because I was underwhelmed by #1, but I then decided to give the series another chance and went straight to #3.** For reasons to do with the difficult nature of their relationship and not worth going into here.

  • Veronica
    2019-04-12 20:51

    Four and a half starsTime doesn't elapse very quickly between books in this series. I think the eight months between books three and four have been the longest stretch of time so far. This time we're dealing with the shortest time interval as only four days have passed since the end of the last book, an ending that saw Sebastian and Hero facing a new, scary, and exciting future.The murder victim this time is/was a good friend of Hero's so it's a given that she and Sebastian will investigate. Whether or not they do it together, however, is the question. The feelings between Sebastian and Hero are deepening and I am loving seeing them both slowly realize it. It's a sure bet that neither one would have ever admitted to seeing this coming. But even as deepening emotions start to weave themselves into an already established physical attraction, there is still a certain level of wariness between them. No one knows better than Hero about the animosity that exists between Sebastian and her father, Lord Jarvis. One gets the feeling that Jarvis is just waiting for the right opportunity to crush Sebastian once and for all and Hero finds herself caught between these two important men in her life. Jarvis casts a long shadow in this fledgling relationship and whether or not it can survive divided loyalties is something that neither Sebastian or Hero can easily answer."He wanted to tell her she was also a part of why he intended to be careful,that he'd realized how important she was to him even as he'd felt himself losing her without ever having actually made her his."It seems obvious to me however, that Hero has brought a sense of peace and happiness to Sebastian's life - or at least his home life - that has been sorely missing. I love his habit of coming upon Hero unawares and just taking a few moments to watch her doing ordinary things, as if it amazes him. Just lovely. And the ending, again, leaves me excited to see what comes next.The mystery itself pulls on various Arthurian legends as well as the usual issues of the (then) current political landscape. Once again, I think things get a bit murky in the middle but it all evens out in the end. And if I'm honest, it doesn't bother me because the main draw here for me is just seeing how the various characters interact with each other. It's the human drama that makes me invest. The rest is just nice window dressing. And since I am wholly invested in seeing the relationships between Sebastian and Hero, and Sebastian and Hendon, evolve...I am in for the long haul.

  • Felicia
    2019-04-09 17:46

    So I enjoyed this book because Hero and Sebastian are together finally, and I hated that other chick character, so that's good. Also Lady of Shalott is one of my FAVORITE poems (Because of Anne of Green Gables, way meta here) so I loved the overall plot of this one, great murder mystery. Yes, there are some weird plot twists, and the arc of Hero/Sebastian felt a bit retarded, I wanted them to interact more rather than keep each other apart and restrained, but this is not a "vaginal Mystery" so much as a great mystery with a small romance arc, and with those criteria, this book succeeds immensely.I, as always, love the setting and the characters, and the slightly melodramatic twists of character, and really am looking forward to the next step with Hero/Sebastian, because honestly Hero is one of my favorite lady literature characters! She reminds me a bit of a Gothic Hermione, actually haha.

  • Blackjack
    2019-04-15 21:46

    4.5Another solid entry in the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. I've come to look so forward to reading about all of the characters, primary as well as secondary ones, and I am full of admiration for Harris's ability to juggle a big cast very successfully. These books are fast becoming my comfort reads. The 7th book introduces a fascinating new character in Jamie Knox, a dangerous tavern owner who appears to be Sebastian's doppelganger!!! I really enjoyed Sebastian and Jamie's scenes together and very much hope Jamie will be around in future books as he oozes charm and intrigue all in his own right. Chien too is a promising new addition, but I am a sucker for dogs in stories.I enjoy Arthurian legend and so the scholarly aspects of this mystery were a highlight of this book. The villain though and the resolution to the mystery came a bit out of the blue for me, which is unusual for Harris's tightly constructed mysteries, and it did detract a bit from my overall enjoyment. At this point in the books though, I'm very much in it for the characters and their developing story arcs. In this 7th book, Hero and Sebastian have been married mere days but are enjoying their passionate nights together, perhaps a little to their mutual surprise given that on the surface this was supposed to have been a marriage of convenience. But satisfying nights together do not completely overcome daytime tensions and lingering trust issues. There are a number of poignant moments in the book as both in their own way regret their distance and struggle to overcome their awkwardness together or how to bridge divides. Sebastian's ambivalence about Kat is a little annoying at this point, but I did appreciate that he is moving toward a healthier understanding of what it means to fall in love with a new person and let ghosts from the past go. This is the first time in the series too when Hero has acknowledged to herself that she is aware of Kat's history with Sebastian and when Kat and Hero meet and talk, their frankness was refreshing. Their encounter is one of the highlights of this book. Harris has never demonized the Other Woman, thankfully, and even though I am routing for Hero and Sebastian, I am also happy to do that without knocking Kat down in the process as so many romances would do.The romance between Hero and Sebastian is getting there and the journey is so much fun. Looking forward to Book 8 soon!

  • Erin
    2019-04-16 16:55

    I love a good historical mystery!! This series brings it! Put a kidnapping and a murder and it sells! The murder of one Hero's friends leads them into a mystery with roots in the Arthurian legend. Sebastian and Hero are interesting characters! I'm usually pretty good at solving a murder mystery early on into the book. But this one had me guessing way into in the book! There was a lot of potential suspects. I gave it 4.5 stars just because I love Hero's character and I would have liked to see more about Hero and Devlin! I love St. Cyr as well. I will be reading another book in this series soon!

  • Keri
    2019-04-13 16:47

    Our story picks up a week into Devlin and Hero's uneasy marriage, when Devlin gets notice of a young noblewoman found dead in a boat not far from London. Come to find out it is a friend of Hero's. Once the investigation starts, it soon becomes apparent that many people wanted the young Miss dead. Was if for political gain a love not returned or to keep even deeper secrets. Hero and Devlin are soon enmeshed in trying to find out who killed her friend and what happened to her two nephews that she was with that day? In the meantime she is keeping secrets of her own from Devlin. Is she trying to protect her powerful father because she thinks he might be behind the death of her friend? Or is she trying to protect Devlin from finding out what her dad had to do with any of it? Devlin himself is keeping secrets of his own. In all of this who is the mysterious man that has suddenly appeared in his world that looks so much like him that they could be brothers and how does Kat, a lover from his twisted past know him as well? The mystery part of this story is top notch as always. The romance wasn't as prevalent as it has been, but I know Candace Proctor won't let me down, she will bring it back. We did have some answers when the book was over, but there were also even more questions of Devlin's past and will he ever be able to tell Hero the twisted tale of his past? This book could be read by itself, but it might not be as good as you don't have the build up of Devlin's character that you would if you started with book 1. An awesome series and I can't wait for the next in the series.

  • Giedre
    2019-04-10 16:31

    Loved the mystery plot, and everything Hero and Sebastian related. The conflict that Jarvis (Hero's father, Sebastian's enemy) creates between them is fascinating. There was, however, an interlude of Kat not being able to keep her mouth shut. At this point she's become tiresome.

  • Mara Pemberton
    2019-03-30 19:45

    Wonderful as always.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-20 21:42

    When Maidens Mourn4 StarsSebastian St. Cyr and his new bride are pulled into another case when the body of Hero's friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, is discovered floating in a boat near an archeological dig related to King Arthur's Camelot. When Gabrielle's young cousins are also revealed to be missing, Sebastian and Hero find themselves in a race against time to stop a ruthless killer before it is too late. An enjoyable addition to the series. The character development is excellent as usual and the inclusion of elements from Arthurian legend is a huge bonus to the literary lover in me. It is always fascinating to realize the extent to which King Arthur's life has influenced British culture.Sebastian and Hero find themselves working at cross purposes through much of the investigation, but once they begin confiding in one another, both the case and their relationship starts coming together. While it is still the early days of their marriage and they a have yet to completely trust one another, it is becoming clear that they may be formidable as individuals, but as a pair they will be a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, the murder mystery is the weakest in the series thus far as there are insufficient clues for the reader to figure out the culprit for themselves. Nevertheless, the twists and turns of the investigation are action packed and suspenseful. All in all, this entire series is fantastic and I am eager to get to the next installment.

  • Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
    2019-03-22 15:29

    What a great series! I am looking forward as much to the developing love between hubby and wife as to trying to figure out the next murder in this series. It is always wonderful when the reader is fond of the protagonist. Once that relationship between protagonist and reader is established, all the other characters and all of the various plots seem to enhance the initial enjoyment of reading the series. I look forward to St. Cyr's happiness as much as I look forward to his success at solving murders. He's had some rough scrapes in his home life and IMO deserves a second chance at happiness. I admire his ideals and character. I like his taste in people. His relatives are a complete mystery that I hope gets more attention in the future.

  • Be Fisher
    2019-04-13 18:33

    I was so glad to revisit this series! It has been awhile. This one brought tears to my eyes. This author has a style of writing that keeps a person captivated all the way through. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the next one!

  • Tina
    2019-03-23 23:48

    The continuing character development and personal relationships arc in this installment of the series gets a solid A. The mystery gets a tepid C.I'll start with what I liked first. I love Sebastian and Hero together. He has always been the elegant, dangerous, larger than life protagonist who dominates the attention so well in this series and that hasn't changed. I am firmly on Sebastian's side no matter what -- I root for him, I want him to bitch-slap his stupid sister, and I so much want him and his (non)father Herndon to kiss and make up because I think despite it all, they have come to kinda love one another. Hero, of course, didn't appear in the series until a bit later, but even when she did, I knew she'd be a good foil/match for Sebastian. She's cool, confident and just as dangerous -- albeit in a much chillier way-- as Sebastian is.So the fact that these two are married, and negotiating the delicate balance between their strong personalities and their new, somewhat awkward union is a great road that this book travels. They like each other, they enjoy having sex with each other, but they are still very independent people. During the course of the book, they each investigate the murder of Gabrielle Tennyson separately. Sebastian does so because it is now his avocation, but Hero does because Gabrielle was her friend. And Hero suspects her father is somehow involved. The reader watches the parallel investigations unfold and witnesses as both Sebastian and Hero discover key pieces of information that they don't share with each other until much later in the book because they are not used to this 'other person' in their life and they are both still struggling with trust issues.But the book ends nicely on their personal front because they do come to an understanding that they are beginning to enjoy a regard for each other and they want to make their marriage work. Another great forward momentum piece of personal revelation is that Sebastian gets yet another piece in the puzzle of his mother's disappearance and the possible identity of his biological father. He meets a person who might hold a clue. It remains to be seen if this person is a friend or foe, but it is a fascinating new character who despite myself I find as intriguing as Sebastian himself.If there is one main character whose personal arc I am still unsatisfied with it would be Jarvis, Hero's super powerful Machiavellian father. Right now, I find his omnipotence makes for a flat character. We've seen at least a small glimpse of every other character's vulnerability. I want to see his. It could be Hero, I suppose. But the way his character is written I can't be to sure of that. It seems to me that he is prepared for Hero to be collateral damage if the time comes that he really has to destroy Sebastian. On the plot side of things, I didn't find the mystery as satisfying. The victim is a friend of Hero's who is an ardent antiquarian blue-stocking and is killed on what is purported to be the modern day site of the mythical Camelot. I think much of my frustration with the mystery is that 90% of it is all Macguffin. Sebastian and Hero do an awful lot of investigation and meet a lot of potential murderers and yet the final solution of the mystery has pretty much nothing to do with what all the stuff they actually investigated. I wish the mystery was more clever than it was.But as I said, the characters, more than the mystery plot, were the strength in this outing. I think readers of this series will really enjoy this one.

  • Paperback Dolls
    2019-03-26 17:34

    Previously posted at PaperbackDolls.comA conversation between two sisters:Noa: Will you be able to bring the new Sebastian St. Cyr book back with you from the states? I’m getting a review copy.Big Sis: *Squee* Yes! This way I can read it first!Noa: But I need to review it.Big Sis: You’ll get to review it…I’ll get it to you ASAP…after I read itAnother conversation between two sisters:Little Sis: Whatcha reading?Noa: the new Sebastian St. Cyr, I’m reviewing it for Month of Love…Little Sis: OMG! I’m so excited!!! Yes! Sebastian! Yay! When can I read it????Ten minutes after we finish reading it: How long do we have to wait for the next one????Is it any wonder we need multiple copies of this series in my family? The beauty of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series is that it manages to enthral each of us. Yes, enthral. Each of these books (this being No. 7) just captures you from the get go and doesn’t let go even after you’ve closed the beautiful cover.This instalment was no different; picking up from where we left off in the last book, Sebastian and Hero are starting off on married life together and while it seems that there is a kind of understanding between them, the wall created by the fact that Hero’s father and Sebastian still can’t seem to see eye to eye (understatement of the century) is still there.Their enmity puts Hero in a very difficult position as in this book she keeps asking herself – who comes first, her father or her husband. Reading about how Hero deals with these issues, with her changing role gives the reader a new view of Hero’s character. She is so complex and when you put that together with Sebastian and his issues…well, wow!Sebastian also has a lot to deal with – his love for Kat, his feelings for Hero, impending fatherhood, his own father…And then there is the ongoing mystery surrounding his mother’s whereabouts. Oh, and who is this man who seems to have Sebastian’s eyes? ;)Sebastian needs to discover why Gabrielle Tennyson was murdered – was it because of something she discovered on a dig at the site she had believed was Camelot of old, was it because she was an independent woman who refused to accept the conventions of 19th century England, or was it something to do with Sebastian’s father in law Lord Jarvis… and what does Hero know? Sebastian is racing against time on this one as two children are missing and they may already be in the hands of a killer.When Maiden’s Mourn also shares new information about Sebastian’s background and while it may not be shocking, it does raise even more questions. I am very happy to say that C.S. Harris does not fall into the trap that often captures authors writing a series – there is no treading water and yet, there are also no forced plot devices used to extend the drama. There is no need. The drama in this series keeps unfolding and like a maze, you take one step froward only to find you need to make a different turn to find the center. I love it!This installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr series was as usual, a pleasure to read, The romance, conflicts, mysteries… I simply cannot get enough. Totally worth waiting a year. Now if only March 2013 would just get here already…

  • LJ
    2019-04-16 22:36

    First Sentence: Tessa Sawyer hummed a nervous tune beneath her breath as she pushed through the tangled brush and bracken edging the black waters of the ancient moat. Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife, Hero Jarvis, married for proprietary due to her pregnancy. There is occasionally passion between them, but not yet trust. Will investigating the murder of Hero’s friend Gabrielle Tennyson and disappearance of two children begin to build that bridge? The people’s dislike of the Regency, and the continuing myth that King Arthur will return to reign in England lead the investigators from the poorest to the wealthiest areas in search of a killer.A well-done opening with lyrical, evocative descriptions quickly turns brutal in this new entry to the St. Cyr series. Her inclusion of poetry adds a sense of period and style to the story. She also does a wonderful job of blending the historical information of different periods. The characters are certainly captivating although the author being more clear as to Sebastian’s age might explain the character better. While he has been a soldier in war, there are times he seems quite emotionally immature. The mystery regarding St. Cyr’s heritage is an intriguing thread that runs though the series and becomes even more interesting here. I am sorry that the series has become almost more romantic suspense and emotion-driven and suspenseful mystery.Harris writes with a wonderful style, able to convey the sense of emotional undercurrents without elaborate description. The tentativeness of the relationship between St. Cyr and Hero is very well done. I also appreciated that while Hero is investigating the death of her friend, it is in a manner appropriate to the period. It is the relationships that provide the central theme of the story and the mystery does, at times, become a bit overwhelmed by them. So much so, in fact, that I had to go back and re-check the ending as I had forgotten one of the critical plot points. That said, however, the story does have a very good twist, effecting more than the plot of this story alone, excellent drama and suspense, and a very well-done ending. Although I was somewhat disappointed in the previous book, WHEN MAIDENS MOURN, is a step in bringing the series back to what made it so appealing in the first place—great characters, wonderful descriptions and quite a well-written plot, as long as it doesn't become mired in emotional angst. It is, however, definitely a series to start from the beginning with “What Angels Fear”. WHEN MAIDENS MOURN (Hist/Mys-Sebastian St. Cyr-England-1812) – G+Harris, C.S. – 7th in seriesObsidian, 2012

  • Nancy
    2019-04-06 16:52

    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 mystery of a women who was trying to find out the truth behind the Arthurian legend and was murdered near the site that could have been Camelot.

  • Iain
    2019-04-18 15:55

    I really love these books. Another series that goes down easy. I enjoy getting to visit these characters. It's amazing how much you anticipate character developments that can take 2/3/5 books to come to pass.

  • Sophia
    2019-03-31 17:39

    This is the seventh book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency era mystery series. The series should be read in order as there are constant references to what has gone before and the ongoing mystery surrounding Sebastian's life even if the murder itself is begun and resolved with in the book as are all of them in the series. This is a great series for the mystery buff who loves authentic historical setting, strong plots and stronger characters.This one has Sebastian and Hero teaming to solve the murder of Hero's friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, an unusual young lady who is a female scholar searching for the site of the true Camelot. Gabrielle's murder leaves many suspects and many motives. It is the task of Sebastian and Hero, married just days now, to wade through all the secrets and facts to discover the right one as they also must race against the clock to save Gabrielle's two missing nephews who disappeared near the time of her murder.As layer upon layer are peeled back we meet the ruthless former businessman owner of the land and his cold, narrow-minded wife, the hot tempered foreman on the dig, the grieving brother of the deceased, a paroled French officer, an arrogant cousin, a pompous scholar and most disturbing of all a dangerous tavern owner who bears striking resemblance to Sebastian. Hero, in her part of the investigation, discovers that her father has fingers in the pie and her loyalty between a new husband who is her father's enemy and her father are tested. And they are supremely tested because her father has motive to harm Gabrielle too and she has become aware that she has feelings for Sebastian that challenge her to realize that he is more to her than just the father of her unborn child.Sebastian, too, is surprised at his desire to have more with Hero than a marriage in name only because he is still trying to sort through his feelings about Kat. He must also accept the truth of what he finds out about himself as he investigates Gabrielle's murder.As usual, Ms. Harris, has written a well written plot that twists and turns its way to the awful truth. There are many truths revealed and a few hints of things that will carry into the next book. The pace of the book never stalled out in my opinion as answers were sought and danger threatened.This is a wonderful series and I love how it has a murder to solve, but Sebastian's past is an ongoing mystery to be solved. I also like the way relationships are handled in the series between Sebastian and Hero and with their respective families. There is not an easy or instant solution.Looking forward to the next installment!

  • April
    2019-04-03 23:49

    I took a year or two break from this series, not because I was getting bored or discouraged, but mostly just interested in other genres. But I think it was a good thing, because I've a renewed love for this series, finding all the the joy I had when first discovering these books.Harris writes intense, suspenseful, labyrinthine mysteries that are further wrought with the emotional relationships and history of the various characters. This is both good and bad, primarily all good, but somewhat exhausting. The action of the book takes place in a short period, but is more than enough for an ordinary lifetime. It makes for an exciting read, of course.Sebastian, with more of a past to deal with than any ten men, is a fantastic main character. He is definitely larger than life, having attributes that stretch credibility but never destroys it, and it all makes his mystery-solving activity more believable than characters who seem to trip over dead bodies every other day in small little villages while just going through their everyday business. I like that it makes sense that he has the time, inclination and ability to seek out answers. Hero has been brought more closely into Sebastian's mysteries as they were recently married. I really like her as an able partner. She is intelligent, independent, strong, and bucks societies restrictions as much as Sebastian (and both can get away with it more easily given their positions and connections). And it is one of Hero's friends who has met an untimely end at the start of this book. Harris is unafraid to use historical characters and odd intriguing facts. The period is confidently portrayed, which is always a plus. The social and political aspects add to this beautifully crafted tapestry. It is just impressively well-done. I was worried that this series might suffer after so many books, but the quality has not flagged. For me, one other bonus to waiting to come back to this series is that I could immediately download and read the next book! Alas, I will have to wait for the one after--but I have already pre-ordered and I can barely wait to get it.

  • Gina
    2019-04-07 18:53

    Sebastian and Hero are at it again. I know this is technically the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series, but as most of the reviews agree, we are all reading this primarily for Hero Jarvis, now Lady Devlin. What happens when a man attacks your husband. Well, of course you pull your pistol and shoot him in the chest. What loving wife wouldn't? Yes, there is a formula to these mysteries, but I enjoy them so much I don't care. In this one Gabrielle Tennyson, aunt to now 3 year old Alfred, Lord Tennyson, is murdered. She is a friend of Hero's, so this newlywed couple (only 4 days from the last book) get called in to investigate. The mystery is well done, and I always enjoy the author's notes at the end to give the short real history of the characters as opposed to her fictionalized story. I really want to give these books 5 stars. I know this is a historical mystery series with romantic elements not a historical romantic suspense. I absolutely get the difference. But there have been times in several books where an expansion of the romance would have helped the story. Harris seems to be going to heroic efforts to keep this from being a historical J.D. Robb In Death type series, but I find myself at numerous times throughout wishing for a little more conversation or together time to better develop the couple rather than continuing to have them develop separately.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-13 18:41

    I love these books. 2016: Second time through-- the complexity of the plots is what grabs me. Twists and turns.2017: I am having a terrible time tearing myself away from this series and resuming any of my other In Progress books. :-( The introduction of Jamie Knox is most excellent.

  • Marge Rudman
    2019-03-25 21:44

    My review of Where Shadows Dance also applies here. However, for some reason I enjoyed this one a bit more. Perhaps I've come to terms with the formula she follows. Or have become even more invested in the relationships that are developing. (Avoiding spoilers here!!) Perhaps I was more in the mood for descriptions of life in Regency England than last time. This mystery seemed a bit more engaging as well.I continue to be impressed with the way the long arc of the story carrying through the entire series works so well.Also, I wish more than ever for a map of modern London and environs with an overlay of a map of the locations of the events in the novels. Seems like that could be a fun addition to the author's web site.YES. THAT'S A HINT!

  • Ira
    2019-04-10 21:28

    4.25 stars.The romance bit is progressing, but since this is not a romance book, it wasn't happening as much as I wanted. However, this author also a Romance Writer in other pen name, so the little romance we got here was lovely.Still so many got killed in this book, Ms. Harris not shy away with that and I'm ok with it and the mystery always done nicely too.I love this series, but maybe I need a break a little bit from it, oh let's see!

  • Minna
    2019-04-09 17:33

    Extremely enjoyable, as all of C.S. Harris' work has been thus far, and (to an amateur's eye) well-done with regards to historical detail. I am also greatly enjoying the ultra ultra slow burn romance going on between Sebastian and Hero. Extra points for Chien - what a cute dog!

  • Jean Hontz
    2019-03-22 18:29

    A solid entry in the series, with both Sebastian and Hero growing and learning. Lots of action as usual. Intricate plot with lots of surprises.

  • Olya
    2019-03-29 20:36

    The side plot of Hero and Sebastian was more interesting than the mystery. Parts of this one made no sense.

  • Camilla
    2019-03-25 18:37

    So historically accurate, riveting who dunit mystery, romance, vocabulary, and more.