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“The combined elements of historical fiction, romance, and mystery in this fog-enshrouded London puzzler will appeal to fans of Anne Perry.”—Booklist

It’s 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III’s England. Then the body of a beautiful young woman is found 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 experiences in the Napoleonic Wars.
Now a fugitive running for his life, Sebastian calls upon his skill as an officer during the war to catch the killer and prove his own innocence. In the process, he accumulates a band of unlikely allies, including the enigmatic beauty Kat Boleyn, who broke Sebastian’s heart years ago. In Sebastian’s world of intrigue and espionage, nothing is as it seems, yet the truth may hold the key to the future of the British monarchy, as well as to Sebastian’s own salvation....

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

zaamrod ,

Solid First Entry

What I like most about Sebastian St. Cyr is that he’s not a traditional detective like Sherlock Holmes. He’s not ordinary...not by any means...but he uses the physical gifts God gave him (and which exist in many of Welsh descent) to tirelessly pursue justice and truth. In this first installment of a 16-book series, Sebastian must begin by clearing his own name after being accused of a truly horrific murder. The novel is longer than it needed, as Sebastian interviews the same main suspects repeatedly, and I felt a bit cheated that the real murdered doesn’t really appear much throughout the narrative (sorry), but overall I loved the writing, the pacing, and the character, and recommend this to all those who, like me, enjoy if not devour Victorian mysteries.

Sirdavison ,

If you like this genre you’ll love this book!

Absolutely fantastic! If you like this genre then you’ll love this book. A great mystery with impeccable writing.

jannielive ,

Where Angels Fear

This my second St. Cyr novel. Harris writes very well, historical details for the 1800s are accurate, and the dialect is very well done. I had to look up several interesting terms, which were new to me.
My first book was from later in the series. I picked it from my (real, not virtual) bookshelf recently and decided to see if this series was available. Delightfully, it is.
If you like historical mysteries, with an extremely well-done protagonist, this book and it's subsequent ones are for you.
The Author's note regarding Bithil Syndrome is icing on the cake as kudos for her research.

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