Who Buries the Dead
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Who Buries the Dead


The grisly murder of a West Indies slave owner and the reappearance of a dangerous enemy from Sebastian St. Cyr’s past combine to put C. S. Harris’s “troubled but compelling antihero” (Booklist) to the ultimate test in this taut, thrilling mystery.

London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim’s kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian’s powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends.

Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill to the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects who range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen.

But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything—and everyone—Sebastian holds most dear.

Title:Who Buries the Dead
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:352 pages

    Who Buries the Dead Reviews

  • Jonetta
    Oct 18, 2016

    Sebastian St. Cyr is drawn to a case where the victim, Stanley Preston, was beheaded after being stabbed. Preston was the cousin of the Home Secretary so it is a high profile murder with a host of equ...

  • Phrynne
    Oct 10, 2016

    Another enthralling episode in this excellent series. Again the author combines real historical facts with clever and imaginative fiction and comes up with a great story. I love the interactions betwe...

  • Magdalena
    Jul 12, 2016

    With this book have I now read all the books published in the Sebastian St. Cyr series and this is the first one that I have not read in order since I waited for it to be published in paperback and ma...

  • Mary Beth
    Jan 02, 2017

    I have been so behind in my reviews, I really hate when that happens. I am really moving on in this series and found out something new when I started this series, and that is that I like the historic...

  • LJ
    Jan 04, 2015

    First Sentence: They called it Bloody Bridge.It?s called Bloody Bridge because of its past. However, that past has come forward into the present for Sebastian St. Cyr, when a wealthy, prominent plan...

  • Sophia
    Sep 06, 2015

    I can't believe how long I waited before pouncing on this latest Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. I usually devour it the day it arrives in the mail. That being said, I still managed to be glued to it as so...

  • Louise
    May 12, 2015

    This was an excellent addition to a series I really love. I enjoyed this book very much and was riveted....then, about 3/4 of the way through, Something Very Bad Happened. So, my rating dropped a bit....

  • Veronica
    Oct 22, 2016

    Bumping this up to five stars on reread. Harris just does too good a job at crafting her mysteries and recreating regency London on the page. And Sebastian's growth from reckless, angry man to that of...

  • Darlene
    Mar 27, 2015

    I am so happy this fine Regency mystery series continues to produce first rate reading. One of the great fears suffered by dedicated readers is that a beloved series will run out of steam. We've seen ...

  • Lauren
    Nov 18, 2016

    Who Buries the Dead4 StarsWhen the decapitated corpse of a West Indies slave owner is discovered on an isolated bridge next to a relic from Charles I's coffin, Sebastian St. Cyr and his wife Hero are ...