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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (715 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathy Holton Narrator: Julia Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author C. S. Harris has received numerous awards for her historical fiction. Set in Regency England, this seventh novel in the series finds aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his reluctant bride Hero Jarvis entangled in a dangerous mystery involving the myth of King Arthur and Camelot.

Regency England, August 1812. Tales of King Arthur and the Lady of Shalott provide inspiration for this latest gripping installment in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series when, just four days wed, the aristocratic investigator and his fiercely independent bride, Hero Jarvis, find themselves caught up in a twisted intrigue of ancient legends and a deadly family curse.

Sebastian's plans to escape the heat of London for a honeymoon are shattered when the murdered body of Hero's good friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, is discovered drifting in a battered boat at the site of a long-vanished castle known as Camlet Moat. A beautiful young antiquarian, Miss Tennyson had recently provoked an uproar with her controversial identification of the island as the location of Camelot. Missing and presumed also dead are Gabrielle’s two young cousins, nine-year-old George and three-year-old Alfred.

Still struggling to define the nature of their new marriage, Sebastian and Hero find themselves occasionally working at cross-purposes as their investigation leads from London’s medieval inns of court to its seedy back alleys and from grand country homes to rural enclaves where ancient Celtic beliefs still hold sway. As he probes deeper, Sebastian also discovers dark secrets at the heart of the Tennyson family and an enigmatic young French lieutenant with a dangerous, mysterious secret of his own.

Racing to unmask a ruthless killer and unravel the puzzle of the missing children, Sebastian and Hero soon find both their lives and their growing love for each other at risk as their investigation leads them to Hero’s father, who is also Sebastian’s long-time nemesis—and to a tall, dark stranger who may hold the key to Sebastian’s own parentage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Holton's (Beach Trip) fourth novel is a carefully fitted nesting doll containing the secrets of one Southern family … Ava's struggles with her own past make her a wonderfully grounded narrator for a snapshot of the South as it is today: a region deeply tangled in its own history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is the perfect blend of Southern charm, intrigue, sophistication and romance that makes a great summer read. Holton has a way of putting the reader inside the character’s body. Readers will feel as if they become Ava.”

    Romantic Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nell | 2/20/2014

    " Ava (nee Summer) accepts the invitation of a friend from college to spend the summer with his family writing her first novel. A fish out of water element with Ava trying to figure out Southern ways. Intrigued by Will's family history, she probes family secrets and her novel becomes a thinly veiled tale of a past scandal and murder. In a second storyline, Ava begins to uncover her own personal history after the sudden death of her mother. The Woodburn family story is largely resolved. The second thread, Ava's personal story, is never connected or resolved, just dropped. In that respect, the story feels incomplete. It's a good summer read, but it could have been better. Really like the twist at the end when what really happened to Charlie is revealed to the reader, but still speculation for the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary L | 2/13/2014

    " I could not put this novel down. Half of me was angry that Ava was so insensitive towards her hosts, and the other half wanted to find out what really happened to Charlie Woodburn as much as she did. The author does a great job of portraying the upper class in the South as proud of their history, but not wanting to dig up unpleasant parts of the history. She also does a great job of developing, Ava, the main character, and having the reader understand why she is so curious about another family's history, when she does not even know her own. I would recommend this book highly! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ann Marie | 2/7/2014

    " I couldn't finish it -- the plot seemed rambling and I kept waiting to have it get to a point where the characters really interacted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " This novel was far too quiet for me. I didn't feel drawn to any of the characters, and because the pacing was so slow I really had to force myself into the story. It took me quite a while to even realize what the plot of this book was. Overall, this just didn't sit right with me. I think I just wanted to like it because I'll be spending this summer in the south. "

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About the Author
Author Cathy Holton

Cathy Holton was born in Lakeland, Florida, and grew up in college towns in the South and the Midwest. She attended Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University and worked for a number of years in Atlanta before settling in the mountains of Tennessee with her husband and their three children.