This is the ninth St. Cyr mystery; I accidentally read it before I read #8. The good news is it didn't affect my understanding of the plot. The bad news...there really is no bad news. I get to go back and read #8 (What Darkness Brings) and hopefully get some good angst on the St. Cyr/Hero front, which I think might be the real reason I love these books. ANYWAY. This one might be the most page-turn-y for me, and although it's about the exiled French royal family, it feels a lot less political than #7 (When Maidens Mourn), by which I mean there is less explaining of political history and intrigue, and more of showing a real messed up situation. I do think this series keeps getting better and better, and I also think it's important to start from the beginning. If you like Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, just quit what you're doing and pick up this series.
Another page-turner investigation of Sebastian St Cyr. I highly recommend this series if you like detective stories, history, dramatic action and engaging characters; the well balanced, easy flowing prose is a real pleasure too.
(The ninth book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series)
Sebastian St. Cyr is a detective by choice. He hunts murders because he is by nature a hunter.
A thin veneer of glittering civilization covers a savage culture. The rich live lives of pleasure and plenty. The poor suffer and starve in miserable hovels. Sebastian moves through both worlds at a time when "noblemen" did not do such things.
Even the smallest characters are sharply defined and I'm never scratching my head, going "Now who is this guy?"
The author knows how to twist a plot for maximum suspense. I am always surprised. Good fast reads.
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