What Darkness Brings
The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder. Regency England, September... show more
The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian’s former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder. Regency England, September 1812: After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer. For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler’s clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets—including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler’s death. As Sebastian traces the diamond’s ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution. When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth--that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife.
Publish date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: New American Library
Pages no: 349
Edition language: English
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr (#8)
I was very reluctant for this book to end, because it's the last one currently available in the delightful Sebastian St. Cyr series.The book begins with one of Sebastian's former comrades in arms being found dead in a park ... shortly after the murder of Daniel Eisler, a creepy old blackmailer who h...
Interesting mystery and many developments on the personal front. I love Sebastian with Hero and my only disappointment is that Hero seems to lack for a storyline here. She has things to do but mostly she's a sounding board for Sebastian. I really hope that the developments in this book don't spel...
I am impressed with C.S. Harris's ability to continue to weave a tale with characters she's explored thoroughly. I recently read a book by another author in a similar position (multiple books about the same characters), and Ms. Harris's work remains fresh and interesting to me, whereas the other aut...
Harris kept me guessing up until the end and did a masterful job of giving us more of Sebastian St. Cyr's complicated life and the people in it. The murder investigation is well crafted, the character development is first rate. Eight books into the series, and Harris is still bringing her "A" game.