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Why Kill The Innocent by C.S. Harris

WhyKillTheInnocentWhy Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris

Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #13
Publication Date: 4/3/18

I anxiously await each new release in this series and can hardly wait to start reading. Then, I am bereft when it ends. I always think that I’ll pace myself, read slower, enjoy longer, but, I always find myself flying through because I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book falls right into that mold. I really wish this author could write as quickly as I read! I love the characters, of course, but I also love the accuracy of the history that the author weaves into the stories – and she always includes our characters meeting one real historical character – this one included the widower of Mary Wollstonecraft. Harris’ command of the English language is unparalleled – I learned several new vocabulary words. She used one word, ‘broquins’ that I can’t even find in any of the dictionaries but I remember my grandmother using it when referring to a particular type of shoe. The online dictionaries keep showing me the definition of ‘bruins’ – say what.

I love the way this author writes, her research is impeccable and her character development is superb. This book concentrated more on the mystery than on any new developments in the relationship between Sebastian and his father (Hendon) or any real hints of what is happening between Hero’s father and her cousin. There were some hints of what might be coming – a new hint surfaced about Sebastian’s natural father. There was somewhat less life-threatening excitement in this book than in the others – one small scene for each that was very quickly resolved. I’m still anxious to see whether Hero’s father (or her cousin – or both) had a hand in the death of Hero’s mother – she was ill, but maybe they helped her along a bit . . . .

Hero and her friend Alexi Sauvage traveled to Clerkenwell in a raging snowstorm during one of the worst winters in English history. Hero was researching a story on the families left behind when the men were impressed into the English military. While they were there, the woman went into labor and Alexi and Hero stayed to deliver the baby. As they headed back to the carriage, it was long past dark, the snow was blowing and the wind was howling when Hero tripped, pitched forward and landed in a deep snow drift. She froze in place as she realized she had landed on a body. When they turned the rapidly freezing body, they realized two things. First, it was a woman who had been murdered and second, Hero knew who she was.

As Hero and Sebastian investigate, there are clues and suspects everywhere – not to mention the palace intrigues and interference from Hero’s father, Jarvis as well as international intrigue. How could one sweet, gentle, caring and sad young piano teacher have so much happen to her and then end up murdered? There are so many possibilities, so many suspects and it takes a lot of effort to unravel it all – especially when more bodies start to turn up. Can they solve it before one of them becomes a victim? You’ll just have to read this exciting new entry in the series to find out.

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Tracy & Barbara’s Mystery, Suspense and Other Favorites for 2017

Yesterday, we shared our favorite Historical Romances published in 2017.  Today, we’d like to share our favorites from other genres and novellas that were published in 2017.  Just click on the picture of the cover to see our review of the book!

Barbara’s Favorite Mystery and Suspense for 2017

Where The Dead LieMurder In MayfairMurder On Black Swan LaneThis Side Of MurderMurder In ShadowMystery At Carlton HouseSecrets In DeathThe Detecting DuchessOnce Upon A SpineEchoes In DeathDeath In St. Petersburg

Tracy’s Favorite Novellas & Subgenre Favorites for 2017

Tracy - A Love To RememberTracy - How to tame a beast in 7 daysTracy - The Mad CountessTracy - So I Married A SorcererTracy - MorganTracy - A Thostly Tale Of Forbidden LoveTracy - With This Christmas RingTracy - Mistletoe And The MajorTracy - A Talent For TemptationTracy - The Proper Way To Stop A Wedding

Where The Dead Lie By C. S. Harris – Posted 04/17/2017

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr, #12)Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris

Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 stars

Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #12

Another outstanding Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. The mystery itself was chilling and I’m glad that the descriptions weren’t too graphic. I did miss the appearance of real historical characters – like Ben Franklin’s son and Jane Austen, etc. — Jane Austen’s brothers bank was at least mentioned in passing.

I won’t do a blow-by-blow of the story — because then you wouldn’t need to read it — and I really think you need to read it!!!

What did I like:
– I love the relationship between Sebastian and Hero. They can read each other so well — and they are open and honest with each other.
– I was so happy to see that Sebastian and Hendon had a real heart-to-heart talk and maybe have resolved their differences.

What did I NOT like:
– Hero’s mom dies
– The second murderer didn’t get his comeuppance!

What am I a bit apprehensive about regarding the series future:
– I appears that the author introduced two (or maybe three) new ongoing threads in the series. Each book is already pretty busy with things going on, plus there is already the ongoing issue of Sebastian’s parentage. I just hope it doesn’t get so busy with the ongoing threads that you begin to feel like a pinball machine.
—- We have the addition of Cousin Victoria, Hero’s unease with the cousin, and the fact that Lord Jarvis seems to REALLY like the cousin. Makes you wonder if Jarvis kills his wife so he can have the cousin OR if the cousin kills her in order to get Jarvis – maybe as payback for something he’s done to somebody she loves or because she’s a French spy or — well — something.
—- We also have Sebastian’s niece’s marriage to somebody that Sebastian knows is a pervert and a murder. He was the partner in this book’s crimes, but Sebastian couldn’t prove it. So — we know we’ll be seeing more of him.

Anyway — I LOVED the book and can’t wait for the next one — I just hope it doesn’t get too distractingly busy.

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