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What Remains of Heaven by C. S. Harris
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What Remains of Heaven (edition 2011)

by C. S. Harris

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Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, investigates the identity of two corpses found in an ancient crypt with possible ties to William Franklin, the embittered son of American patriot Ben Franklin.
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Title:What Remains of Heaven
Authors:C. S. Harris
Info:Signet 2011-08-02 (2011), Paperback
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This one has Devlin solving a murder of a Bishop at the request of his aunt. The Bishop is found dead in a recently opened crypt and nearby is the body of his long lost missing brother also murdered but seemed to have been overlooked when the crypt was sealed many years ago. Hero is involved with this case as well as it turns out she had had several meetings with the Bishop in the weeks before his death. This is another great book in the series I really have been enjoying them. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Sebastian St. Cyr's search for the killer of the controversial Bishop of London leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall to the well-guarded secrets of his own family's past.

This is the 3rd book that I have read of this series and it’s another good one. The plot is complex and includes politics, domestic abuse, ambition, and family secrets mingled with some history of the time. There are many interesting characters that are related in various ways and often suspicious. The story moves along at a good pace with the likeable and irreverent Sebastian leading the way to solve the murders. Another enjoyable read. ( )
  gaylebutz | Dec 6, 2019 |
Sebastian is asked by Archbishop of Canterbury to investigate two corpses found in an ancient crpt separated by decades. Many suspects. Page turner and lots of twists and turns keep the plot moving. This series just gets better and better. Keeps me wanting Sebastian and his love, Kat, to get back together. Looking forward to the next in the series and highly recommend to those who love historical mystery. ( )
  EadieB | Dec 4, 2019 |
Family secrets and treachery run rampant throughout this story. To make matters worse, Sebastian St. Cyr...Viscount Devlin...learns something that has the ability to turn his world upside down. The reader can't help but become involved as much with the characters as with the murder, although this one will keep you guessing until the very last chapter. I was partially right and still very much wrong...but hey...it was fun. I would recommend this series to anyone that enjoys a good murder mystery...a hero with outstanding character traits...and a good deal of history thrown into a delightful mix. ( )
  Carol420 | Dec 3, 2019 |
What Remains of Heaven
4.5 Stars

When the body of a Bishop is discovered in an ancient crypt, the Archbishop of Canterbury seeks the help of Sebastian St. Cyr to solve the mystery of his death as well as that of the other, decades old corpse whose identity is unknown. As Sebastian gathers clues and suspects, he is also forced to confront the ghosts of his own past and stumbles across a devastating family secret.

While the mystery is well-crafted with smoothly interwoven historical detail and several exciting actions scenes, it is Sebastian’s character and his relationships with the people in his life that transform the story from merely enjoyable to truly fantastic.

The twists and turns of the plot are evident both in Sebastian’s investigation, which leads him to a slew of likely and unlikely suspects, as well as in his personal life where he must come to terms with the truth of his paternity and the possibility of impending fatherhood.

The real strength of the book lies in Sebastian and Hero’s interactions and their growing attraction. She is a wonderful heroine who lights up the pages with her unique mix of intelligence, independence and vulnerability, and observing her attempts at thwarting Sebastian’s curiosity and driving him toward infinite exasperation is particularly entertaining.

All in all, What Remains of Heaven is an excellent historical mystery and I will be reading the next book immediately, which is almost unheard of for me. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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Biel, ScottCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lutfi-Proctor, SamanthaAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mollica, GeneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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ONE murder makes a Villain,
MILLIONS a Hero: Princes are privileged
To kill, and numbers sanctify the crime.
Ah! Why will Kings forget that they are men?
And men that they are brethren? Why delight
In HUMAN SACRIFICE? Why burst the tie
Of Nature, that should knit their souls together
In one soft bond of amity and love?
They yet still breathe destruction, still go on,
Inhumanly ingenious, to find out
New pain for life, new terrors for the grave,
Artificers of death! Still Monarchs dream
Of universal empire, growing up
From universal ruin. Blast the design
Great God of Hosts, nor let thy creatures fall
Unpitied Victims at Ambition's shrine!

--From "Death: A Poetical Essay," by Dr. Beilby Porteous;
Bishop of London 1789-1809,
The Cambridge Intelligencer (September 14, 1793)
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For my daughters,
Samantha and Danielle
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TANFIELD HILL, TUESDAY, 7 JULY 1812

His breath coming in undignified gasps, the Reverend Malcolm Earnshaw abandoned the village high street and struck out through the lanky grass of the churchyard.
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