It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found 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 experience in the Napoleonic Wars.
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Great start to Sebastian St. Cyr series
Absolutely. The book has an engaging storyline with lots of adventure and a large cast of characters from all classes of Regency England. The plot is cleverly woven around the imminent transfer of government from the mad King George III to his son, the foppish and dissolute Prinny
This series and Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey series are my favorites. They both have strong heroes, are set in Regency England, and have involving story lines and characters. Audible doesn't have all the titles in each of these series yet, and I hope the rest will be added as they become available.
Tom, the street urchin, who first picks St. Cyr's pocket and then becomes his eyes and ears during the hunt for the person who murdered Rachel York.
No extreme reaction, but it kept me listening and trying to figure out who killed Miss York. I thought the chase scenes and the hide & seek sequences were well done.
I have listened to audiobooks 6, 7, 8, and 9 from this series, and I was so glad that audible released the first book on Christmas Eve - great Christmas present. There are several story lines and characters referred to in books 6 and beyond that originate in the earlier books. Now I'd like to see books 2, 3, 4, and 5 released on audio. There is also a 10th book due out 2015-03-03.
Romance novel disguised as a mystery
I probably will not listen to another C.S. Harris book. Davina Porter is a good reader, even though my American ears sometimes misunderstand an occasional word. This is perhaps due to her British accent, but she does perform in a wide variety of character voices and speech patterns. I may just be missing some of that.
Not really. The pace of the novel was rather slow in places. More time was spent on the emotions of the characters than I thought necessary.
I was a little disappointed that the author carries the narrative on the Prince of Wales' attempt to be appointed Regent up the supposed day of the House Of Lords vote on the Regency bill and then stopped. I would have enjoyed a description of the Prince's frustration when George III recovered "in the nick of time" and thwarted the attempt.
It is hard to pick one scene. I suppose the confrontation between Lord Hendon and his Daughter Amanda wouold be one. There was some drama in that.
Since I know it is the first in a series of novels, this question is moot.
- Harry W. Hennessey Jr.