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The gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy . . .London, 1813.Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is no stranger to the dark side of the city, but he's never seen anything like this: the brutalized body of a fifteen-year-old boy dumped into a makeshift grave on the groundsThe gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy . . .London, 1813.Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is no stranger to the dark side of the city, but he's never seen anything like this: the brutalized body of a fifteen-year-old boy dumped into a makeshift grave on the grounds of an abandoned factory.One of London's many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted and tortured before his murder—and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin's fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished.Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world. As he follows a grim trail that leads from the writings of the debauched Marquis de Sade to the city's most notorious brothels, he comes to a horrifying realization: someone from society's upper echelon is preying upon the city's most vulnerable. And though dark, powerful forces are moving against him, Sebastian will risk his reputation and his life to keep more innocents from harm . ....

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Where the Dead Lie Reviews

  • Mary Beth
    2019-05-07 10:10

    I have been on a roll of 5 star reviews. It is such an exciting feeling to have 3 books in a row being all 5 stars. That does rarely ever happens but my reading has been just fantastic lately. I just love this series. I feel like with each hook that the characters just seem to grow on me. This is the 12th book in the series and it is for surely growing very strong. The books just seem to get better and better. This one is my favorite one. I just loved the mystery. I could not stand that monster Ashworth and hope he ends up in the next book with a bad accident. I felt so bad for those street kids being homeless. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his former comrade in arms, surgeon Paul Gibson, have seen more than their share of violent death in wartime. But neither one can look calmly at the body of Benji Thatcher, a street urchin who was cut, whipped, raped repeatedly, and strangled. The death of one more homeless pickpocket is unlikely to cause a stir among most of fashionable London, but Gibson and Sebastian specialize in solving crimes that others can’t or won’t. Sebastian’s wife, Hero, is a social reformer who’s writing a series of articles about the poor of London, and while she interviews some of the street children who knew Benji, Sebastian uses the testimony of an old soldier who saw and interrupted someone digging Benji’s grave as a starting point for finding out what happened not just to Benji, but to a number of other homeless children who’ve disappeared. The owner of a secondhand store helps direct Sebastian to a brothel catering to clients who like their prostitutes young, and contraband copies of a book by the Marquis de Sade bring Sebastian closer to identifying the person responsible for the pitiful collections of children’s bones buried near the shallow grave meant for Benji. Unfortunately, Sebastian’s suspects—an actor, a French count, a dissolute marquis’ heir about to marry into Sebastian’s family, and an even more highly connected person who’s also a relative of Hero—all have alibis. And though dark, powerful forces are moving against him, Sebastian will risk his reputation and his life to keep more innocents from harm. As always, historically fascinating and superbly paced. This one was a little more sad than some others; because Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, must track down a serial killer targeting London's street children.I suggest to read this series in order, the senate not stand alones. You will want to start out with the first book What Angels Fear

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-05-03 03:08

    4.5 Sometimes after reading several novels set in contemporary times it takes a while to get in the mindset and mood that a return to the early 1800's requires. Need not have worried, due to this author's remarkable talent, within a few pages I felt right at home. Waiting for me. right where I left them was Sebastian, Hero, the reprehensible Jarvis and his long suffering wife, Tom, Giles and Paul, ready to tell me their story.Street children are disappearing, their bodies discovered horribly abused. Though many consider these children beneath their notice, Sebastian makes it his mission to discover whoIs responsible, vowing to bring them to justice.A wonderful series, one that seems to get better with each successive outing. Just the right mix of history, current events of that time period, family, Simon and Hero both have fascinating backgrounds, great supporting characters and cases that are intriguing without being terribly graphic. Society ills, so many children on the streets, many whose parent had been transported, either to the colonies or Australia, leaving these young children to fend for themselves. A new character and a tragic family matter seems to be the lead in for the next in series.ARC from Netgalley.Published April 4th from Berkley.

  • Phrynne
    2019-04-23 06:00

    Just when you think this series can't get any better, it does! I enjoyed everything about Where the Dead Lie. Sebastian and Hero are in such a good place and all is right in their little world. However things are not so good in the outside world as Sebastian discovers when he attempts to bring a pair of child killers to justice. This author is able to create such a perfect picture of England at that time. She certainly knows her Old London Town well - the seedier side of it as well as the upper class end. After eleven previous books we know the main characters really well although I don't think I would ever actually want to know Jarvis. I wonder if eventually Hero is going to have to choose between her husband and her father or if they will mediate some sort of agreement with each other before it comes to that.The book ended without completing its story which I like because it means there must be another one being planned or written. My biggest fear when I love a series is that it will stop! In this case C.S. Harris just has to let us know what happens to poor Stephanie and what she has planned for the future of Jarvis household. We could take bets on which member of Sebastian and Hero's extended family is going to be the subject of the next murder investigation.No chance of finding out until 2018 but I am sure the next book will be brilliant when it comes!

  • Veronica
    2019-05-03 10:24

    ETA: Completed audiobook reread on 10/18/17. I always love revisiting these books in audiobook format for two reasons: 1) I love the books and the characters and, 2) Davina Porter always does an excellent job. This was my first time listening to this particular installment in audiobook format but it delivered in giving me several hours of comfort and enjoyment during my otherwise stressful work commute. Having Sebastian and Hero with me always makes it better.It's been a month since Sebastian and Hero have returned from their adventures in Shropshire that were so well chronicled in the last book. They are back home in London among the seeming warmth and safety of familiar places and friends. But the author has never shied away from depicting the seedier and darker aspects of regency London and she's never turned away from highlighting the unfairness of the chasm that existed between the privilege of wealth and the hopelessness of poverty. While all the murders Sebastian has been tasked to solve over the course of eleven books have been tragic and sad, I think the murder in this book has set a new standard in horror and it leads Sebastian down the darkest road yet. This time evil sets its eyes on the most vulnerable members of society and, as first time parents, both Sebastian and Hero feel the losses deeply.I adore Sebastian and Hero. I loved their contentious beginning and I've loved every step they've taken along the way to finding a mutually supportive love in each other. They are one of my favorite literary couples in any genre and with each book they only reinforce their place in my heart. The little moments between them were like a salve to my soul after some of the more horrific aspects of the story. Even though the author was never graphic in detailing the crimes, just imagining them was bad enough. But there were other wonderful, quietly emotional moments between various characters that served as welcome oases set amid the darkness. Some moments that I didn't even know I wanted or needed.Those moments were sorely needed as the reader feels Sebastian's mounting dread and horror. In a time when calling in the local CSI unit to process a crime scene wasn't possible, it is Sebastian's doggedness and unfailing demand for justice that leads to answers. As Sebastian criss-crosses London he encounters all sorts of characters and the mystery unfolds in suspenseful ways.There are other events in the personal lives of both Sebastian and Hero that I expect will play out in future books. And since the personal lives of these characters is just as riveting as the murder investigations, I, for one, am looking forward to seeing the after effects. I'm also really desperate to see Sebastian deliver on a certain threat.Twelve books in and this series is still going strong.

  • Jonetta
    2019-05-01 05:13

    When the tortured and mutilated body of Benji Thatcher, a 15-year old street urchin, is discovered after the attempt to bury him is interrupted, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin gets involved at the request of Paul Gibson. What was done to this child offended Sebastian's sensibilities and he immediately launches an investigation only to find that there appears to be a pattern of street children inexplicably disappearing. No one seems to have noticed. Throughout this series, the plight of the poor and abandoned children has been in the background. This story faces those issues head on as we're given more insight into the ugly truths of the era. These children were virtually invisible to the gentry and noble class as both Sebastian and Hero highlight, him through the investigation and her through research of an article she's writing in the topic. The author's further commitment to historical authenticity is the incorporation of the works and story of the Marquis de Sade, infamous for his debauchery and sexual deviancy and from which the term sadism was created. The suspects were tied to de Sade either as admirers of his last book or as followers of his sexual practices. Make no mistake, this is an uncomfortable story as these are behaviors inflicted on children and it's not an indictment about sexual proclivities. It was hard to take in but respectfully presented without any hint of gratuitous violence. It's not all doom and gloom as there are important progressions in Sebastian's personal life. It was brilliantly and deftly presented, providing a balance sorely needed to offset the distasteful aspects of the investigation. It also is clear that this series hasn't yet ended...not a cliffhanger but definitely the promise of more to come. I love this series and this book was outstanding. I also recommend not reading it until you've read all of the others before it as the character development evolves to a pretty loud crescendo in this one. Yes, you'd enjoy this on its own merits but you'd be missing some critical subtleties that just makes the reading experience extraordinary.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-05-10 06:59

    WHERE THE DEAD LIE is book 12 in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I have to admit that this series is one of my favorites, as I have read all twelve books in the series. So, I was quite overjoyed when I got the chance to reading this book a couple of months before it was released. So far, not a single book in this series disappointed me and I'm quite thrilled to be able to say that this book is actually the best one so far.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!

  • Liz
    2019-05-08 05:24

    The subject matter of this story is among the darkest that Harris has explored so far in this entire series, and this book is one of the strongest. It’s brimming with high emotion: fear, love, power, anger, and grief. It got me like a kick to the gut. All those missing, exploited, murdered street kids, it’s enough to rip my heart (and I suspect most readers’ hearts) into pieces. As for Sebastian… well. How do I even begin to talk about this giant-hearted avenging angel who relentlessly pursues justice for the most vulnerable members of society? Because that’s what he does every time. He searches for truth when the powers that be don’t regard a victim as worthy of serious investigation. I soak it up because I’m a complete sucker for a protagonist with a protective instinct and a strong moral compass - whether that be a hero or a heroine. In fact, his aptly named wife, Hero, is also a crusader for the poor, mainly women and children of little to no means.By this the 12th book in the series, Sebastian is personally in a well-deserved happy place. I can’t seem to get enough of those scenes with Hero and baby Simon – I will admit it, I turn into a total fangirl in those moments. But the most poignant moment in this book takes place between Sebastian and his father, the Earl of Hendon. Oh damn. My eyes are leaking again. Ok, I’m done gushing. I love these books. That is all.

  • Sophia
    2019-05-19 09:54

    For those not in the know, I have annual standing book dates with certain authors or series that are truly an event for me where I clear the calendar for several hours and set up in a cozy spot with my beverage of choice and the latest shiny installment of my favorite series. The Sebastian St. Cyr series makes the cut and I gladly was lost in the dark underworld of Regency Era London along with Sebastian on his latest detecting adventure. Where the Dead Lie is book twelve in the series and would work as an entry to the series out of order, but it is best read in order. The series has a new murder in each book, but there are ongoing series plot threads that move in the background for several of the characters particularly Sebastian.This latest installment grabbed my heart and left me near tears a few times because Sebastian's latest case involves the street children. Back in those times, there were many reasons a child could end up alone and on the streets and even fewer resources available to care for them. Those who survived worked as hard as adults and had to develop a strength and cunning that broke my heart to see in children as young as five. And this story was particularly poignant because the murders were perpetrated against this vulnerable population that had no voice to cry out for justice. And the murderers were using the original Sadist, the Marquis de Sade as their inspiration.So yes, the thematic elements hit me hard, but they hit Sebastian, too. The detecting in this book and the others in the series has a combo of cozy style with lots of exciting and gritty moments, too. Sebastian crosses and recrosses the city interviewing and grinding it out hunting clues and digging out what secrets are part of the case and which are irrelevant even as others come after him because of what he is learning.Alongside the mystery, there is the ongoing simmering bunch of situations within Sebastian's extended family circle. Though, no worries, he and his wife are as stalwart a marital team as ever. I really hope the next book pursues that curious matter of his wife's cousin because I really think that lady is so much more than she seems. And wow, his niece choosing with eyes open to marry an evil reprobate and poor Sebastian knowing the arrogant lord is smug and toying with him over this. Hope there's more about that, too.All in all, this was fantastic with its attention to authentic historical details, a cunning mystery, and colorful well drawn characters. Anyone who loves historical mystery must give this series a go.I rec'd this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Isa Lavinia
    2019-04-22 04:09

    TRIGGER WARNINGS: PEDOPHILIA, CHILD TORTURE, CHILD RAPE, CHILD DEATHI stayed up until 6:30 a.m. reading this book, so you know it's good!This is the darkest book in the series so far. It was like a Criminal Minds episode in Regency England, with Sebastian trying to solve the mystery in time to prevent more children from being kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered.It was so unbelievably tense!!!I've read some people complaining about the disappointing conclusion, but honestly it's just setting the events for the next book, which is usual for the series, but I for one cannot wait for justice to be done, I've rarely been so upset at a book villain.Also, there is a new character who is so sketchy and obviously evil that I'm amazed they weren't immediately accused of... wrongdoings. Be warned that, though not graphic, the themes in this book are extremely dark and difficult to read, so bear that in mind.Still, I honestly cannot wait for the next one to come out!

  • Lauren
    2019-05-21 07:08

    Where the Dead Lie5 StarsAfter fighting in the Napoleanic Wars and solving several horrific murders, Sebastian St. Cyr should be familiar with the darkest depravity that human beings have to offer. But nothing has prepared him for the discovery that someone amongst the city's wealthy elite is preying on London's most vulnerable denizens, and committing some of the most brutal and sadistic crimes that Sebastian has ever seen. Each installment in C.S. Harris's incredible Regency mystery series is better than the last and Where the Dead Lie is no exception. It should be noted, however, that the nature of this case with its child victims is notably darker and more disturbing than in previous books. Nevertheless, the descriptions are not overtly gruesome or graphic in detail. Harris's realistic portrayal of the sordid underbelly of Regency London and the callousness with which the upper classes treat the poor and disenfranchised provides a gripping background to the horrific murders and Sebastian's quest to unmask the evil perpetrator, and seek justice for those whom society has forgotten. While closure is provided for the main mystery, a couple of issues remain unresolved including what the future will bring for Sebastian's niece as well as the obviously nefarious machinations at work in the Jarvis household. It will be interesting to see how these plot points develop in the next book. In terms of Sebastian's personal life, there are updates on his relationships with various family members, especially the Earl of Hendon, and the sweet scenes with Hero and baby Simon provide some much needed counterbalance to the harsh storyline.Overall, a fast-paced page turner that is impossible to put down once you start.

  • Angela
    2019-05-14 07:02

    Once again an excellent addition to this superb series. If there is one historical mystery series you should be reading than it is Sebastian St. Cyr. While this book felt a bit more gritty then previous books, it had me gripped from start to finish.

  • Caz
    2019-04-23 09:15

    I've given this an A- for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.It’s the rare author who can reach the twelfth book in a long-running series and still keep coming up with fresh ideas and interesting developments, but C.S. Harris manages to do both those things and more in her latest Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Where the Dead Lie. In this new instalment, our aristocratic sleuth becomes involved in the search for the perpetrators of the most horrible crimes upon the weakest, most vulnerable members of society – London’s street children. It’s a disturbing listen at times – as it should be, given the subject matter – and Ms. Harris doesn’t pull her punches when describing the plight of these often very young children who have been left parentless and homeless through no fault of their own, and how they are repeatedly betrayed by those privileged few who should be helping rather than taking advantage of them.This is one of those series where the books really need to be listened to in order, and I would imagine it’s difficult to just pop in and out, reading some books and not others. Each of the mysteries is self-contained and reaches a satisfying ending, but just as compelling as those individual tales is the overarching story of Sebastian’s search for the truth about his birth and what happened to his errant mother, his difficult relationship with his father, the Earl of Hendon, and the intense animosity lying between Sebastian and his father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, cousin to the Regent and the power behind the throne.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

  • Caz
    2019-05-07 10:09

    I've given this an A at AAR.When it comes to C.S. Harris’ long-running series of historical mysteries featuring the aristocratic sleuth, Sebastian St. Cyr, I arrived rather late to the party. With eleven books already available, I wasn’t going to be able to catch up on them all in print, so, as I often do in such cases, I turned to the audiobook editions instead, and have been catching up with Sebastian’s adventures that way, and enjoying them hugely. I couldn’t resist the temptation of picking up book twelve, Where the Dead Lie, when it came up for review, and was completely hooked, right from the first page.As I said, this is the twelfth book in the series (so there may be spoilers for the others in this review) and Ms. Harris shows no sign of running out of steam – or of ideas. As fans will know, the main mystery plot in each book is self-contained (although occasionally, some elements do turn out to have a bearing on a future story), and there’s no doubt that the author is a master of her craft when it comes to constructing a tightly plotted, gripping and atmospheric tale in which all the pieces are laid out and skilfully drawn together as the book hurtles towards a nail-biting finish. But what draws me back to the books over and over is the overarching storyline concerning Sebastian himself, as he continues to make discoveries about his own past and gradually, over the course of the series, has come to realise that many of the things he has believed about himself are untrue. He is having to adjust his perceptions about himself and those around him, and the revelations he uncovers and the way he handles them over time are just as engrossing as the individual mysteries.In the three years since he investigated his first murder, Sebastian’s life has undergone significant change. Most recently, he has become a father, and even though he continues to be haunted by some of the things he experienced when he was a soldier fighting on the continent, he is a much more settled individual than when we first met him, and is enjoying a passionately happy marriage with Hero, the daughter of the powerful Lord Jarvis… who just happens to be Sebastian’s deadliest enemy.When the body of a teenaged boy is discovered in a shallow pit on the grounds of a disused factory in Clerkenwell, the local magistrate sees it as just one more death of a worthless street-child, taking no account of the fact that the body bears the marks of whips, knives and ligatures – which indicate the boy had also been horribly tortured. When an enterprising constable has the body sent to Paul Gibson, surgeon, anatomist and long-time friend and colleague of Sebastian’s, it’s a only a matter of time before Sebastian interests himself in the case and determines to root out the person responsible for such a depraved, gruesome act of violence.In the course of his enquiries, Sebastian uncovers a pattern of disappearances among the poorest, most vulnerable of those who eke out an existence on London’s grimy streets – orphans and the dispossessed children of parents who have been transported, imprisoned or executed. As always, Ms. Harris does a terrific job of painting a realistic picture of what life must have been like for the large underclass of the city’s denizens who lived in utter squalor, their lives a daily struggle with no hope of anything better and nothing to look forward to but an early, probably undignified, death. The level of disgust and horror Sebastian feels for the perpetrators of the crime and for those who simply brush off the deaths of children is so strongly evoked as to be an almost tangible thing; there’s no doubt that he is being deeply affected by the things he sees, hears and learns, and yet he is not going to give up. Even when he comes up against dead end after dead end, he perseveres, intent on getting justice for the most helpless and voiceless members of society.The discovery of a number of other graves leads to the realisation that is a monster out there, hiding in plain sight; and as the number of suspects quickly narrows, Sebastian recognises that he is up against more than a single killer. Whoever is responsible has powerful friends and protectors, and without irrefutable proof of guilt, it is going to be next to impossible to ensure that justice is done and the murderer pays for his crimes. But somebody has to at the very least try; and even though the deeper he delves, the more he risks his own safety, Sebastian can’t stand idly by and do nothing while there is someone at large who thinks nothing of raping, mutilating and murdering children.The book is marvellously well-paced, with the story immediately hitting its stride. The author builds the tension skilfully and it never dissipates, even when she slacks off a little to focus on Sebastian’s domestic life and his relationships with Hero and his father, Lord Hendon. Sebastian and his father have not seen eye to eye since Hendon acted, years earlier, to prevent his son marrying the young actress with whom he had fallen in love, and whom, more recently, Hendon had revealed was his natural daughter. Allowing Sebastian to believe himself to have indulged in an incestuous relationship – he had not, as was revealed shortly afterwards – is difficult to forgive, but even moreso is the fact that his father had concealed the truth surrounding his (Sebastian’s) birth for almost thirty years. Things between them have been very strained over the last few books, but there are signs of a rapprochement here, and it’s beautifully done.Sebastian’s wife – sharply intelligent, independently minded Hero – is the perfect foil for him. Her reformist sympathies annoy her powerful father, but match with Sebastian’s views, and as her latest project is one in which she is looking into the situation of London’s street-children, she is able to provide some information which proves useful in her husband’s enquiries. Their relationship began in difficult circumstances, but over the last few books, it’s become clear that theirs is a strong, loving marriage built on mutual respect and affection.I said at the outset that the mysteries in these books are self-contained, and this one does reach a satisfactory resolution. But Ms. Harris has left a few loose ends which I really hope are going to be picked up in the next book. There’s a subplot brewing concerning Hero’s twice-widowed cousin, Mrs. Hart-Davis, and while one of the killers gets his just desserts at the end, one remains at large. Sebastian is sure he knows his identity, but has no evidence or proof and is going to have to bide his time. I’m sure Ms. Harris isn’t going to leave it at that, and I can’t wait to read how this particular plotline is going to play out.There are lots of historical mysteries out there and while I can’t claim to have read even a fraction of them, I’m sure the Sebastian St. Cyr books must be among the cream of the crop and I’ve found every single one of them to be completely compelling. Because of the long-running plot threads concerning Sebastian himself, the books really do need to be experienced in order, although I expect readers could dip in and out if they are prepared to do a bit of homework and read synopses and reviews for the other books.Where the Dead Lie is easily one of the best of the series, showcasing an author at the top of her game. The mystery is complex and well-plotted, all the characters are strongly drawn and there’s a pervasive atmosphere of dread and malevolence that keeps the reader glued to the story, even as we’re revolted along with our hero at the horrors wreaked on the weakest members of society. It’s a must-read for fans of the series, and for those who haven’t yet read any of the books, pick up a copy of book one, What Angels Fear. It won’t be long before you’re as hooked as the rest of us.

  • Jess
    2019-04-29 09:03

    This is a series I thoroughly enjoy. Kirkus reviewed this as "bleak" but I think it was just darker than the rest of the books in the series. There is violence mentioned in all of the books, but this was so much more darker because it involved children. These children were the poor, street children in London that do not have a champion, aid, or agencies in place that care for them. It's a scrappy, harsh existence that ensured most barely live to adulthood.In true, C.S. Harris fashion she leaves us with a few morsels that imply the next one will be even better. Sebastian and Hero's stories will continue to evolve and further mysteries will need solving.

  • Carole P. Roman
    2019-05-07 08:11

    C.S. Harris has crafted a wonderful thriller with Where the Dead Lie. Sebastian St. Cyr navigates the stews and brothels of London's underbelly trying to solve the brutal murder of a young boy. The crime is as heinous as it gets, and only St. Cyr and his opium addicted surgeon friend Paul Gibson seem to care. A child-killer is on the loose, and Sebastian must seek answers from the suspicious poor and the secretive ton gentlemen tainted with nefarious reputation. It's a slippery slope and one prime suspect is planning to marry his niece. Hero remains his stalwart support whether he is battling his sister, the ton, or reestablishing his relationship with his estranged father.This one is a page turner and kept me up reading all night. Unpredictable, filled with gritty descriptions of 19th century London slums that contrast with the opulent drawing rooms of the ton and even Prinny's palace, this was an exciting read. I think is is one of the best in the series.

  • Charlene
    2019-05-18 07:56

    This is one of the best series I've read, in any genre. It must be read in order, in my opinion.The cliff-hanger is partial, with respect to family member(s) and one major suspect.It will be a long wait for the next book to appear; I have to live with that!

  • Giedre
    2019-05-09 05:15

    This book made me tear up. The core of the mystery is super dark (someone is abducting, abusing and murdering street children), so I was more than invested in Sebastian's search for the perpetrator. The way this book wraps up, though... Well, let's just say I really can't wait for the next one to come out.

  • Ira
    2019-05-09 05:12

    3.75 stars!There are possibilities of SPOILER in my review.But mostly just my rants for this book!😡😡😡I warn you again, POSSIBLE SPOILER!!!Here the things, I knew the villain correctly from the early on, so blatant obvious!And I have to say that's my first from this series. But instead of unveiled to us bit by bit how clever Sebastian chasing this animal, Ms. Harris made him chased other leads which honestly not that reliable. Because you know what? For doing this crime in this scale you need to be powerful, arrogant and confident to feel you can get away with everything, those other leads? Nah, they not that good:(You know why Sebastian drop his suspicions about these villains? Because of their alibis who was given by nasty characters that we all knew who will no qualm with lying!!Also the punishment is too light, that animal need to put in Newgate, if they won't hang him, let other prisoners rape and strangle him there! That still much better than what were they doing to those poor kids! And this is the second time Ms. Harris used this subject with not much punishment for these pedophile, why is that??Then, it seem like Ms. Harris killed another lovely character to switch with one super nasty character and another I'm sure nasty too to the story's supporting cast.I don't understand why is necessary to add more horrible persons into Sebastian's and Hero's life.What they are doing already hard enough and I don't really need to read more about personal drama than necessary because this is supposed to be a Historical Mystery book not Historical Fiction or Romance! Oh well...Btw, is not a cliffhanger ending but I don't feel this story is 100% stand alone because eventhought he confident he knew the other villain is, Sebastian couldn't proved it yet, so yeah on to the next book which haven't published yet!I should stop with book #11 and waiting for book #13 publish before started reading this one:(Never mind!!

  • Keri
    2019-05-19 05:24

    I need to gather my thoughts on this one...utterly fantastic writing, but the subject matter was heartbreaking and very timely. I have to think about what to say.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-05-03 02:03

    It always seems like a very long wait for the next Sebastian St. Cyr book so the I was offered a ARC on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. Once I started reading I was back in the wonderful world that Harris has painted. Once again Sebastian is trying to solve a murder and runs right into a world that Jarvis controls. Not everything is solved and I was left with the feeling that things were not what the seemed in the Jarvis household. Now I have to wait another year to see if what I think I saw is what Harris is setting up. Great addition to the series.

  • Jacqie
    2019-05-14 04:21

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I've read a couple of the Sebastian St. Cyr books and enjoyed them. The author also writes as Candice Proctor, a historical romance author, and there's generally a bit of romance in her mysteries, but they are also good mysteries and atmospheric with the historical setting. I've sort of dipped in and out of the books, and while it would be nice to go back and read them all, I've just got so many other books that I read them as I come across them.This book, unfortunately, was a real miss for me. It's clear early on that the murderer has killed more than once and likes to torture, rape and kill children. The author also unfortunately does not manage to get across the idea that pedophiles are pedophiles, not gay men. Her bad guys in this book all tend to either being closeted and gay and/or opportunistic fortune hunters who have married into enough money that they can get away with some very nasty activities. This conflation bothered me a lot.The other thing that bothered me a lot was the utter lack of detective skill from Sebastian. His idea of investigation in this book was to go and ask insulting, provocative questions to anyone he could think of that was connected in any way with the first body, then going to whoever's name was uncovered by this aggressive interrogation style and do the same with them. The wonder was that he got any useful information whatsoever. Has he always been this way? It's been long enough that I don't recall. But a more ham-handed detective I've never seen. He also forgets to try to dress down when entering the poorer parts of London, even though he's had the presence of mind to do this in earlier books. This book's Sebastian just seemed less intelligent and more belligerent than the subtle gentleman that I think I remember from earlier in the series.And naturally it ends up that Sebastian's family is more closely tied with a murder suspect than he knew. If this was the first book I'd read in the series, I'd never read another, and I'm wondering if I want to read more even with some good experiences behind me. I wonder if the series has gone stale for this author- she has a stand-alone historical coming out. It's quite understandable for an author to need to move on creatively, and I wonder if it's time to bring this series to a close.

  • LJ
    2019-05-04 10:00

    First Sentence: The boy hated this part.Poor street children die all the time in London. Dr. Paul Gibson calls for his friend, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, to view the body of Benji Thatcher, a young boy who was tortured and murdered, and whose young sister is missing. His outrage leads St. Cyr to learn how many children are missing, the writings of the Marquis de Sade, and the realization of wealthy men who torture children for pleasure.There is nothing better than a compelling opening chapter, except when that chapter leads to another, and another, and a complete story all equally good.While the plot captures one, it is the characters to whom we are most attracted. With few words and simple descriptions, Harris brings her characters to life. Harris takes us from the lives of the most wealthy, to the most poor, with Dr. Gibson being the perfect middle note. One of the things that makes St. Cyr such a strong character, is his sense of morality—“Someone’s been killing poor children…” “…Do you know who is responsible?” We all are, Sebastian wanted to say. You. Me. This city. This nation. Everyone who ever saw a cold, hungry child alone upon the streets and simply looked away.”Harris employs the same deft hand in establishing the sense of time and place, as well as transmitting the emotions of each character. It is painful to read the descriptions of the lives of the poor, especially the women. She doesn’t shy away from acknowledging man’s capacity for violence--“Any man who has ever gone to war understands only too well the worst of what his fellow men are capable. … He reached the conclusion that this capacity for barbarity actually forms a fundamental and inescapable part of whatever it means to be human, however much we might want to deny it.” Yet Harris knows how to tug our heartstrings as well.A really good author educates as well as entertains. Among the things we learn are about making shot for rifles of the time, and 14th/15th century building construction. Additionally, she also provides an accurate assessment of humanity—“With humanity’s capacity for great good comes the capacity for unfathomable evil.”“Where the Dead Lie” is a very good book with plenty of action and suspense. More importantly, it deals with a very painful theme that holds true today. Do be sure to read the notes at the end. WHERE THE DEAD LIE (Hist Mys-Sebastian St. Cyr-London-1813/Regency) – VG+ Harris, C.S. – 12th in series Berkeley – April, 2017

  • Susan in NC
    2019-05-03 07:08

    Wow - I am a historical mystery buff, but I'm still amazed at the ability of this husband and wife author team to write chilling, atmospheric, tense mysteries set in the early 19th century- no cell phones, computers or forensic technology!Sebastian and Hero are a wonderful couple, but she is more concerned with domestic concerns and her own work in this novel, leaving Sebastian to rely more on Sir Henry Lovejoy, Gibson and Tom for investigative assistance in this quest to track down a Marquis de Sade-inspired serial killer preying on London's street urchins.Very dark but very well done - remarkably fast-paced and exciting with a satisfying ending and a bit of a cliffhanger- did the killer act alone? I can't wait for the next book!

  • Rachel
    2019-05-19 02:03

    This is another strong entry in the series and C.S. Harris does not disappoint. The crime and criminal are heinous and there were some very uncomfortable moments, but the mystery was solid. It was good to revisit old friends and even the less appealing recurring characters. I look forward to the next one and hope they continue to be high quality.

  • Jen
    2019-05-21 05:06

    Where the Dead Lie has Sebastien St. Cyr, Viscount of Devlin investigating the torture and murder of a street boy. Ben Thatcher was one of the throw-away children of London, and he and his younger sister had to survive as they could when their mother was deported to Botany Bay.Devlin, outraged by the abuse inflicted on Ben Thatcher, is determined to bring the guilty party to justice. His inquiries reveal the disappearance of a number of homeless children, and Devlin's suspicion and apprehension increases.Someone powerful is responsible. Someone with money and connections and careful planning is preying on the homeless children. A couple of names immediately come to mind.The Sebastien St. Cyr series continues to provide an engrossing look at Regency London. Harris has provided another excellent historical novel that examines the underside of society. Read in Nov.; blog review scheduled for March 15, 2017. NetGalley/Berkley Pub.Historical Mystery. April 4, 2017. Print length: 352 pages.

  • Jess
    2019-05-14 03:15

    I really liked the personal stuff in this one, but the case was just so grim and there's really no promise of it ending because of (view spoiler)[Ashworth's marriage to Stephanie (hide spoiler)]. Super excited about the Hendon/Devlin reunion, though. That has been a long time coming.Am I supposed to have concern's that Hero's cousin poisoned her mom so she could get with Jarvis, though? Because I do.

    2019-04-29 04:16 the Dead LieSebastian St. Cyr Mystery #12By C.S. HarrisISBN # 9780451471192 to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: The gruesome murder of a young boy takes Sebastian St. Cyr from the gritty streets of London to the glittering pleasure haunts of the aristocracy . . .London, 1813.Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is no stranger to the dark side of the city, but he’s never seen anything like this: the brutalized body of a fifteen-year-old boy dumped into a makeshift grave on the grounds of an abandoned factory.One of London’s many homeless children, Benji Thatcher was abducted and tortured before his murder—and his younger sister is still missing. Few in authority care about a street urchin’s fate, but Sebastian refuses to let this killer go unpunished.Uncovering a disturbing pattern of missing children, Sebastian is drawn into a shadowy, sadistic world. As he follows a grim trail that leads from the writings of the debauched Marquis de Sade to the city’s most notorious brothels, he comes to a horrifying realization: someone from society’s upper echelon is preying upon the city’s most vulnerable. And though dark, powerful forces are moving against him, Sebastian will risk his reputation and his life to keep more innocents from harm ….(Goodreads)Review:From the very first sentence author C.S. Harris captivates readers, leading them into the seedy, divided world of Regency Era London. Where the Dead Lie, as the twelfth book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, is the best book to date. This installment picks up shortly after the last book, When Falcons Fall, ends. At a time when Sebastian continues to learn about and come to terms with his lineage and deal with his not-so-pleasant family, he and his wife Hero have settled into a solid relationship. Sebastian has gained a reputation for solving murders that the authorities will not or cannot unravel, so he is not surprised to be called to look into the death of a fifteen year old street urchin named Benji. The obvious torture that the child endured, along with the horrific manner of death, hits Sebastian, as a new father, hard. Time seems to be of the essence because Benji’s younger sister is missing. Upon discovering a pattern of street children gone missing, Sebastian traverses both the darker alleys of London and the glittering world of the ton.Where the Dead Lie explores the darker inclinations of man. I will not lie, the treatment of these “disposable” children is hard to read about, and though Harris does not describe the crimes in graphic detail, there is enough information to be quite unsettling. The plight of the poor, orphaned, and street children of the early nineteenth century is heartbreaking and unfathomable. Sebastian’s short list of suspects is comprised of both aristocrats, including his niece’s fiancé and the Prince Regent’s cousin, and the lower class, all of whom have taken the writings of Marquis de Sade (the original sadist) to heart. Truthfully, they all make my skin crawl. C.S. Harris really is a master of storytelling. Each book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series is a tense, tightly plotted and atmospherically executed read. Full of period correct detail and fascinating, complex characters, there is never a dull moment or wasted word. I highly recommend Where the Dead Lie to fans of historical mysteries, thrillers, and to readers who appreciated fine artistry. This is definitely one of my best reads of the year.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-08 08:59

    In most novels, Regency England is something of a paradise, in which lovely young men and women in fancy dress dance semi-scandalous waltzs under the watchful eyes of adult chaperones before falling in love and retiring to their country estates. Which they have because of course they do - isn't the whole world rich and well-dressed and titled?That Regency England is not the sandbox in which C.S. Harris plays. Sure, her hero - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin - is rich and well-dressed and titled (because let's be real, only someone with privilege would have the spare time to spend playing sleuth; hard to solve murders when you're spending 16 hours a day selling flowers to avoid having to sell yourself or starve), but his world is just as dark as ours. More so, even, given the lack of electric lights and a fully-functioning constabulary. This is a Regency where young mothers starve and men come back broken from the Napoleonic wars, and where children - many, many children - can go mysteriously missing from the streets for years before anyone notices or cares.When the body of an abused 15-year-old homeless boy named Benji Thatcher is discovered on the grounds of an old factory, Devlin cares, and his investigation sends him down into the pittiest of London cess pits. Harris walks a fine line of awful-without-being-explicit, offering us a glimpse of the underside of history and human nature. As ever, Devlin is ably assisted by his wife Hero, though most of her attention in this novel is tied up in a sub-plot that's clearly Harris laying groundwork for her next novel.This is the twelfth in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, and one of the reasons it remains outstanding is Harris's attention to period detail, and I don't mean what kind of patterns go on day dresses or how many buttons are on a riding habit. Her evocation of a gritty, sketchy London is so realistic that you can practically smell the miasma off the Thames as you read. That her world happens to come with tightly plotted mysteries and a dash of true Regency romance is just the icing on the biscuit.

  • Kerry
    2019-05-05 06:00

    Well I caught up to the series and now have to wait till April or so for the next addition. This book was slightly darker and more disturbing than the usual I've come to expect. Viscount Devlin is on the track of a killer of the homeless, orphaned poor on the streets of London. Once again the author does a great job of setting the stage and giving wonderful, insightful descriptions of the city, dress and historical happenings in early 1800's. London. I find Davina Porter's narration perfect and the mystery never fails to draw me in. Great historical mysteries series. I highly recommend it and its worth starting from #1.

  • Lorraine
    2019-05-10 09:24

    Another excellent addition to The Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries. C.S. Harris' Where the Dead Lie is a finely written book on a horrific topic that has taken place in history from the beginning of recorded history and continues to the present day and will contine - the abuse of 'street children'. Ms. Harris' description of Sebastian's love for his son, Simon, lets Sebastian realize his caring for his 'father' which they get a chance to discuss - finally. Well done, Ms. Harris, and thank you for another fine episode in Sebastian's life! Highly recommended!!