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Where Shadows Dance

by C. S. Harris

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Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (6)

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Sebastian St. Cyr finds himself in the realm of international intrigue when he investigates the murder of a foreign office diplomat--a murder his reluctant bride-to-be, Hero Jarvis, knows something about. Set in Regency London: July, 1812.
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Sebastian St. Cyr mystery #6
Every bit as intriguing as Where Serpents Sleep. Very different story, beginning with the surgeon, Paul Gibson, discovering that a body he hired Jumpin' Jack to disinter was not a natural death. Harris has created a complex plot that borders at times on a Gothic farce (enjoyable none the less). As in earlier books, the author includes interesting historical background and brings forward the focus on the social injustice common to this era.

I value this scholarly slant and realistic portrayal of the characters. The fiction feels genuine and the people are distinctive, as if drawn from life. Hero Jarvis is painted with an assertiveness and independence that guarantees she won't become something of a cardboard character, which I felt characterised Kat Boleyn. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 16, 2020 |
Best installment in the series so far! Overflowing with family dynamics, political intrigues, suspense and drama, even the mystery is a goodie as Sebastian tries to connect the dots. As with previous books in the series, Harris continues to provide readers with an intricate mystery, great bantering dialogue and some raised eyebrow moments (like when Sebastian and Gibson have to figure out how to return a body to its grave), providing moments of levity to an otherwise dark mystery. The anatomist side of Gibson's practice leads to some interesting revelations in keeping with the time period and the verboten activity of grave robbing. Who knew that was such a lucrative business for some! While I am starting to see a pattern to Harris' story-telling, she continues to mix things up, providing some unexpected moments of high suspense to keep the story rolling along at a good clip. The tension that continues to exist between our two strong-willed characters (Sebastian and Hero) is palpable but does not try to overshadow the mystery and turn it into a historical romance.

Overall, this series continues to captivate me and cannot wait to start the next book in the series. ( )
  lkernagh | Apr 27, 2020 |
When Paul Gibson decides to study a young man’s body who was diagnosed as having a heart condition and finds he was a murder victim he reaches out to Devlin to see if he can solve the case when no one else knows there has been a crime committed. Then Paul is asked to do an autopsy on a body from a ditch and he was killed in the same fashion and now Devlin must put the dots together and solve the case. And the book does end with changes to Devlin’s personal life. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Where Shadows Dance
5 Stars

Sebastian St. Cyr comes to the aid of his friend, anatomist Paul Gibson, who has discovered that his newly acquired “speciman” is, in fact, a murder victim. As an employee of the Foreign Office, Alexander Ross’s death leads Sebastian to the upper echelons of the diplomatic corps with suspects from Turkey, Russia, Sweden, France and the United States. What would be important enough for these people to risk war in order to conceal?

The mystery returns once again to the political arena with numerous complex and crisscrossing clues that are difficult to follow at times, but ultimately lead to an exciting climax and a fairly cohesive resolution. Harris’s writing is immersive and her attention to historical detail draws the reader into the time period.

On the character front, it is Hero who grabs the reader’s attention. She is simply incredible - intelligent, witty and resilient. This woman can wield a pistol, a knife and a pot of scalding hot water like nobody's business. Do NOT get on her bad side :0)

Sebastian and Hero take their relationship to the next level and it is obvious that although they are more than compatible in the bedroom, there is still a long road ahead before they achieve the emotional attachment that is hinted at so subtly.

In sum, Where Shadows Dance is my favorite installment in the series so far and I am eager to find out what happens next with Sebastian, Hero and the rest of their friends and enemies. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Really good entry to the series. Intrigue, spies, kidnappings, mysterious deaths... And Hero is my Hero! ( )
  majkia | Feb 5, 2017 |
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The old tree groans to the blast,

The falling branch resounds.

The wind drives the clung thorn

Along the sighing grass,

He shakes amid the night.

Dark, dusky, howling is night,

Cloudy, windy, full of ghosts;

The dead are abroad, my friends

receive me from the night.

--from "The Six Bards,"
James MacPherson, 1736-1796
To my mother,

Bernadine Wegmann Proctor,

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Friday, 24 July 1812

A cool wind gusted up, rustling the branches of the trees overhead and bringing with it the unmistakable clatter of wooden wheels approaching over cobblestones.
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Sebastian St. Cyr finds himself in the realm of international intrigue when he investigates the murder of a foreign office diplomat-a murder his reluctant bride-to-be, Hero Jarvis, knows something about. And when a second body is found, Sebastian must race to unmask a ruthless killer who is now threatening Hero's life-and the life of their unborn child.
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