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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,198 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Harris Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029769
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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

  • “This elegant Regency mystery series continues with a seventh wonderful book. The soldier turned sleuth and lord is a fascinating character who sweeps the reader into the story. The English countryside descriptions, witty charm of the hero and emotional connection between Sebastian and his new wife — a strong, independent woman — are all superb.”

    Romantic Times

  • “History buffs will have a heyday hobnobbing with the Tennysons, ‘discovering’ Arthur’s burial site, dabbling in Druid enlightenment and siding with the Brits over Napoleon. Romantics will pine once more over Sebastian.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Set in August 1812, Harris’s intriguing seventh Regency whodunit featuring aristocratic sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr (after 2011’s Where Shadows Dance) marks a return to form … Established fans will best appreciate the personal convolutions, but newcomers will have no trouble keeping up.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 2/8/2014

    " Another great addition to the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series. In contrast to some mystery series, the setting and characters of this series never get old. I didn't think there could be any more secrets in Sebastian's past, but he is staggered by a new one in this book as he and new bride Hero get to know each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val Sanford | 2/8/2014

    " So fun! The relationship between Hero and Devlin is as mysterious as the murder of Ms. Tennyson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinby6696 Frank | 2/7/2014

    " Oh no! I must leave Sebastian and Hero until my pre-order of the next book comes out in March. In this latest book, Hero's good friend, Gabrielle Tennyson, feminist and budding antiquary, is found stabbed and floating in Camlot Moat - a spot thought by some to be the site of the original Camelot. Political intrigue, greed, betrayal -- the usual stuff includes lots of fun references to King Arthur as well as connection to Alfred Lord Tennyson - are all here as Sebastian and Hero try to solve the murder and grow ever closer in spite of their rather unfortunate marriage of necessity. Much of the phrasing and imagery is becoming a trifle repetitious, but no matter - the plot and characters keep you turning pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/31/2014

    " This is the book I long for the most to see Sebastian and Hero redeeming their terrible start by the strength of their own characters, being compelled to love and respect each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica Sanche | 1/28/2014

    " A fun easy read with a great plot and of course, great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/19/2014

    " Loved this book!! The history behind the stories are always so interesting and I'm real excited to find out if Jamie Knox is Sebastian's brother...should lead to some interesting stories in the future! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/15/2014

    " The kind of book that makes you sad to be finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/11/2014

    " Another entertaining for Sebastian and Hero, as they take on a troubling investigation involving the death of one of Hero's friends, and the disappearance of two young boys. Along the way, they stumble upon more family secrets as they nurture the fragile bond growing between them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/9/2013

    " Another good read by C. S. Harris, this one with Arthurian overtones. Great blend of Regency + mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Osborne | 11/4/2013

    " The best historical mystery series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/3/2013

    " Decent story - along the lines of an Austen era romance with the 2 main characters solving a murder. A little gimmicky (so many bright but prickly couples out there!) but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 9/30/2013

    " I didn't like "When Maidens Mourn" as much as the others in the series. It didn't seem like anything happened until the last quarter of the book. Still, I'm glad I read it to find out what's been going on with the characters since the last book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 8/19/2013

    " Another very good entry into this series. This story inspired by the poem "The lady Of Shalot", finds the newly married Hero and Sebastian, delaying their honeymoon due to the murder of one of Hero's friends. Includes issues of trust and a site that could have been the real Camelot. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/27/2013

    " Super fun series to read. Can't wait for the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 2/25/2013

    " I love this series of books. I stumbled upon one of the books at the library. I have been hooked since and read every other one in the series. Can't wait for the next! I never seem to be able to figure out the mystery. It keeps me guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 12/22/2012

    " I really do enjoy Sebastian and Hero...love me a historical fiction mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marysha | 6/22/2012

    " agree with other reviews; enjoyed the series but this was not the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Neufeldt | 5/1/2012

    " Another mystery featuring Sebastian St. Cyr and his wife, Hero, which includes a dead archaeologist, two missing children, several villains, and a gripping story. I look forward to the next one, soon to come out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 2/27/2012

    " I enjoyed the book but I found the various mysteries (particularly regarding Arthur) to be disjointed and confusing. The variety of different threads to the story didn't work well together, and prevented the book reaching any great depth in character development. "

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About the Author

C. S. Harris is the pen name of Candace Proctor. She is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels, including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series. She has also written a number of historical romances and a nonfiction book on the French Revolution. Before becoming a writer, Harris taught at the University of Idaho and Midwestern State University in Texas; she also spent time working as an archaeologist. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and an ever-expanding number of cats.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.