Why Kings Confess

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Why Kings Confess

Why Kings Confess The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St Cyr and his pregnant wife Hero into a dangerous decades old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian s

  • Title: Why Kings Confess
  • Author: C.S. Harris
  • ISBN: 9780451417558
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian s past puts him to the ultimate test Regency England, January 1813 When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr Damion Pelletan in one of LondonThe gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian s past puts him to the ultimate test Regency England, January 1813 When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr Damion Pelletan in one of London s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high stakes tangle of murder and revenge Although the woman, Alexi Sauvage, has no memory of the attack, Sebastian knows her all too well from an incident in his past an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him As the search for the killer leads Sebastian into a treacherous web of duplicity, he discovers that Pelletan was part of a secret delegation sent by Napoleon to investigate the possibility of peace with Britain Despite his powerful father in law s warnings, Sebastian plunges deep into the mystery of the Lost Dauphin , the boy prince who disappeared in the darkest days of the French Revolution, and soon finds himself at lethal odds with the Dauphin s sister the imperious, ruthless daughter of Marie Antoinette who is determined to retake the French crown at any cost With the murderer striking ever closer, Sebastian must battle new fears about Hero s health and that of their soon to be born child When he realizes the key to their survival may lie in the hands of an old enemy, he must finally face the truth about his own guilt in a past he has found too terrible to consider.

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    1. Mary Beth on said:

      This is an excellent series. It is a historical mystery. I just love historical mysteries. When surgeon Paul Gibson finds Damion Pelletan’s body in a shady section of London, he’s horrified to see that someone has cut out Pelletan’s heart. The dead man’s companion, Alexandrie Sauvage, is also a physician, but she gives little help in the investigationGibson launches with his friend Sebastian St. Cyr. The two are an unlikely combination: Gibson is a one-legged, opium-addicted son of poor [...]

    2. Phrynne on said:

      Well I am pretty much at the point now where for me C.S. Harris can do no wrong! Nine lovely books in this series so far and she has not put a step out of line.This particular episode contained the usual gruesome murders, political scheming and near death experiences for our favourite main characters. There were also several really romantic bits and a near perfect ending serving up something we have been waiting for for a while!I enjoy these books for the author's writing skills, her historical [...]

    3. Jonetta on said:

      Sebastian St. Cyr is greatly challenged with this most recent crime. French physician Damion Pelletan is found murdered in the alley of St. Katharines, a poor section of London. His mutilated body was discovered by Paul Gibson after first encountering Damion's unconscious companion, Alexandrie Sauvage, lying nearby. The course of the investigation was pretty complicated as it was entangled with French history and politics, as well as English interests and Lord Jarvis. As usual, while there were [...]

    4. Carolyn on said:

      I'm continuing to enjoy this excellent series of historical mysteries. The main characters, Sebastian St Cyr and Hero Jarvis continue to grow and their relationship is deepening as they become true friends and allies as well as soulmates. Sebastian continues his role of amateur investigator when a young French doctor is found killed in an alley with his heart removed. Sebastian must collect all the random pieces of this puzzle to determine if his death is this part of a current day political int [...]

    5. Lauren on said:

      Why Kings Confess4.5 StarsIn his latest case, Regency investigator, Sebastian St. Cyr becomes involved in a wicked web of political intrigue and murder when the body of a young French doctor is discovered in the slums of London. As Sebastian investigates, he discovers the victim's connection not only to a secret peace delegation sent by Napoleon, but also his link to the remaining French royals living in exile in England. Was the murder a result of these connections?The excellent historical rese [...]

    6. Sophia on said:

      There are some mysteries of history that are just incredibly fascinating to me and I love it when fiction authors do their homework and tackle these mysteries with a credible explanation of their own. The fact that a true life mystery like the Lost Dauphin of France being blended in with a murder that only the redoubtable Sebastian St. Cyr and his intelligent wife, Hero can solve is just bonus. I love this series both for the cunning mysteries, authentic backdrop and well drawn characters, but t [...]

    7. Keri on said:

      Wonderful series!!! I can't rave enough about it. The mystery is topnotch and even feels my romance quota for a non-romance book. Now wait until Sebastian has to change his first nappyen we will see how superior that nose is. There was never any doubt for me what sex and what color eyes the baby would have.

    8. Ira on said:

      It's the best in the series so far!Simon was born with his daddy eyes, yes!:)Gibson, our Irish surgeon got a girl who is a French doctor and Simon's nursemaid is a French too, she had a heartbreaking story and I really love Sebastian and Hero decision to took her in. It seem we got more supporting cast in this series.Btw, we saw Jarvis quite a few in here, you know I couldn't really get mad at him.I imagine him as a 19th century Alastair Campbell, yup! A spin doctor, of course he will do absolut [...]

    9. Donna on said:

      Despite that great, gruesome detail about the murder, this one started slow. Every recurring character got a quick recap, and there were a massive number of new players to introduce. I liked that so many different threads were juggled without making things feel overcomplicated. But considering that Sebastian questioned over a dozen people, many of them more than once, I did get tired of going back and forth over the same ground while he probed at their evasions. The end was still satisfying, alt [...]

    10. Jordan on said:

      (view spoiler)[ EVERYTHING WAS SO GOOD ABOUT THIS. I was so into the murder mystery in this one. It was really intriguing and a lot of fun to work through.BUT OH MANPAUL GOT A FRIEND AND LOVER. YES. I've been waiting for that for a while. THE CAT DOESN'T HAVE A NAME. YET. THE BABY TURNED. HE SAID HE LOVED HER AND COULDN'T IMAGINE A LIFE WITHOUT HER. HERO BEAT A DUDE OVER THE HEAD AND THEN WENT INTO LABOR. SIMON!!!!! THE BABY IS OKAY. Everything was great. (hide spoiler)]

    11. Rhi on said:

      This series just gets better and better! What Angels Fear was a masterful introduction to the best sleuth of contemporary fiction. While something always felt odd about Sebastian's relationship with Kat, the way they worked together was engrossing, and those first few books were the perfect blend of dark malevolence, twisty intrigue and high-flying action. What followed were those in-between books where Kat steps out of center stage and Hero wanders part-way into the picture. They developed his [...]

    12. LJ on said:

      First Sentence: Paul Gibson lurched down the dark, narrow lane, his face raw from the cold, his fingers numb.A murdered French physician and a woman with no memory send Sebastian St. Cyr into the world of the ex-patriated French royal family and the mystery of the “Lost Dauphin”: the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette who is presumed dead. Or is he?The story begins with descriptions, not of elegant and refined London, but of dark, dangerous alleys and death. With each chapter, the story b [...]

    13. Isa Lavinia on said:

      Confession! Though I love (and I really do mean LOVE) this series, I only read it from the 4th volume onward. Before that, there were too many soap-opera plot points for my tastes. But then, come the 4th, Hero really takes a role in the plot. I make no secret of the fact that Hero is the main reason I read this series. Oh, Sebastian is all very well, but Hero now that is a lady worth reading.I was really looking forward to this book - a 3 star rating is a good one coming from me but, I must admi [...]

    14. Jennifer-Eve Workman on said:

      I won this through First Reads Giveaway.This is the first book I have read of the Sebastian St. Cyr series. After reading this one I will definitely be reading the others. This is a great historical mystery with a bit of romance thrown into the mix. The author C.S. Harris, really did fantastic at keeping with the 18th century feel. I have found that some authors who write of that time period always make some small mistakes that do not belong there. Or uses words that were not used then. I actua [...]

    15. Sarah on said:

      This is the latest installment of the Sebastian St. Cyr series. It can be read alone, but reading the series in order will add depth, as Sebastian's relationship with his father and father-in-law is explained in the earlier books. Paul Gibson, surgeon and Sebastian's friend, stumbles across an unconscious woman and a dead man in a poor section of London. The dead man has had his heart removed. Of course Sebastian gets involved to discover who murdered the man. The man and woman was part of a sec [...]

    16. Shaun on said:

      Good for what it is, an installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series.As such, its more well-written and suspenseful entertainment than artistic imagery, powerful prose, and poignant story lines crafted to make you reflect on the human experience.There is a little cheese and some of the characters border on cliche ones that comfort us, but overall, a good read and a decent mystery set in early 19th century England.I have not read the previous books in the series, though felt the author did [...]

    17. Shannon on said:

      I love this seriesbut the plot to this novel seemed toomatic maybe? The injection of fight scenes and plot lines seemed choppy, to meet 'Devlin is a bad ass' quotas. I know most serials end up like this, but I had high hopes for Harris since she's pulled the series out of the box before (#6!)SPOILERS!!!The ending of the book annoyed me. The unveiling of the mystery left a bunch of loose ends hanging - which I can deal with if they are left hanging on purpose. Why was Fouchier blinded/murdered? W [...]

    18. Lorraine on said:

      Another Sebastian St. Cyr mystery read right straight through from beginning to end. This one had quite a few characters and at times it was a bit difficult to keep them all straight. This was not one of my favorites of this series, but that may have been because the French Revolution played a major role and the French Revolution was an extremely violent time and reading about that particular episode in European history makes me uncomfortable. Some of the questions I have concerning the FR were [...]

    19. Kate Forsyth on said:

      WHY KINGS CONFESS is the latest in a series of historical murder mysteries set in Regency England, featuring as its amateur detectives a lynx-eyed viscount with a troubled past and a strong-willed bluestocking noblewoman, the daughter of the viscount’s greatest enemy. The plots are always devious and surprising, the setting is suitably dark and foggy, and the interplay between the characters is fascinating.As always, if this series is new to you, start with the first, called WHAT ANGELS FEAR.

    20. Melliott on said:

      Harris keeps her series going with consistent high quality situations, emotions, and characterizations, plus a multifaceted murder mystery. I found the theme of this one--the possible restoration of the Bourbon dynasty to France--intriguing, since I knew little of the history of their years of exile in England. I really enjoyed more personal involvement by Irish surgeon Paul Gibson, and the interplay of emotions between the protagonist and his new wife.

    21. Jennifer on said:

      This is not exactly a review, but I just wanted to say that often times when a series stretches as long as this one has, the quality of the writing can begin to wane.Thankfully, that is not so with this series.I've not rated any of these books lower than a 4.Alsoa big, big YAY for Paul Gibson having more page time (he's one of my favorite characters), as well as the new characters that were introduced. I look forward to hopefully seeing more of them in the future.

    22. Kristen on said:

      Absolutely glorious. I love the new Gibson storyline, and I absolutely adored the scene near the end with Alexi, Hero, and Gibson, a threesome certainly thought to be helpless, taking matters right into their own hands. One of my favorite things about this series are the incredible strong women Harris writes!

    23. Iain on said:

      Another great Sebastian St. Cyr book 18th century obstetrics is quite horrifying was hilarious watching Hero deal with it all when it wasn't worrying and of course the baby has yellow eyes it's going to be sad when I run out of these books soon only 3 left and then I'm caught up

    24. Tammy on said:

      I'm going through this series.9 books and counting within less than 2 months, I don't think I need to say more in my review only his lordship, Viscount Devlin's sleuth is addictively entertaining. If you like history you can't miss. A murder case in each book varies but each is getting better in complexity and add up interesting characters.

    25. Elis Madison on said:

      When the physician attending a French peace delegation is found murdered and mutilated, Sebastian St. Cyr is asked to investigate. When the man's companion, herself badly injured, turns out to be a woman Seb encountered during the war, old nightmares surface. The investigation leads him into the world of the exiled Bourbons, the legend of the lost Dauphin, and other odd conspiracy theories.As usual, the number of suspects is confusingly large, and naturally, Jarvis figures high among them. I did [...]

    26. Betty Strohecker on said:

      This was a wonderful addition to the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series. Sebastian's friend, surgeon Paul Gibson, finds a badly injured woman in an alley in the worst part of town. She is lying beside the body of a young man who has had his heart cut from his chest. When it turns out that the woman is a French emigre and physician, and the body is that of her physician brother, in London as part of a secret French peace mission, the case is on. The French connection brings with it the i [...]

    27. April on said:

      I have to admit that I liked the previous 2 books slightly more than this one--but this was still a joy to read.The mysteries are sometimes overly complex, but not in a bad way. I love how politics, intrigue and historical personages and events play a role. It really ties the series well into the period and makes the setting so much more vivid and fascinating. The background of personal relations between Sebastian, Hero, their fathers and relations and friends also adds to the interest. I love t [...]

    28. Betsy on said:

      Another very good installment of the Sebastian and Hero St. Cyr series (I am renaming this series). As a team and as individuals, I greatly admire both characters and I would love a book that delved further into the inner-workings of their relationship and day to day life. As a crime-fighting duo they are at the top of my faves list.Such fantastic second halves of the books of this series. I would give five plus stars if the whole book held such sway over me. But the first 40-50% is devoid of th [...]

    29. Sharon on said:

      I continue to be impressed by this series of Regency-era historical mysteries.In this latest tale, Lord Devlin, Sebastian St. Cyr, is awaiting the birth of his first child. His wife, Hero, is having a rather complicated pregnancy to say the least.In the mean while, a French physician is found murdered in the St. Katharine's neighborhood with his heart cut out. Sebastian's friend, Paul Gibson, is looking into the matter from a medical perspective. This causes the two men to become acquainted wi [...]

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