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Who Buries the Dead is the 10th installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series by the author C.S. Harris. I was given a copy with a request to review it for the upcoming book release, however sadly I’m still way behind my reading ‘pile of books’ so I didn’t yet have a chance to get to it. It is one of my next reads, and will be featured here right after.
I’m really excited because the book it’s right up my alley and knowing that the book can be read as a standalone, I’m looking forward to finally opening my Kindle app and getting to it shortly.
In the meantime, however, here is what the book is all about.
“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.”
About the author
C.S. Harris is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Series, the new C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances.
She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of the French revolution. Her books are available worldwide and have been translated into over twenty different languages. She will be on tour in March to promote WHO BURIES THE DEAD in New Orleans, Phoenix, Houston, Portland, and Seattle.