I was disappointed. While the background research seemed to be very solid, the attitudes and language of the characters were quite modern rather than hearkening back to Regency languages and mores. The mystery was good- but for me, the moderns-in-costume aspect was distracting.
Excellent historical mystery. The mystery was very good and not easy to figure out, character very engaging and you want to get to konw them better. Nice snapshot of history in 1811 England. Looking forward to reading more of Ms. Harris's work.
Fantastic historical (Regency-period) mystery that gratefully is the first of a series. The history is sprinkled with true characters whose foibles were well-researched and the descriptions admirably walk that fine line between setting the stage and being tedious. The St. Cyr family has enough tension within that sideline stories can be plentiful in future volumes, yet the sidelines are woven so seamlessly, they do not detract from the main storyline.
Excellent story and well-worth a space on my keeper shelf.
a history-mystery with interesting characters and plot but more sex than I care for
This is the first work by C. S. Harris that I've read, but it won't be the last. I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading more of Sebastian St. Cyr in the near future.
This was book one in a mystery series set in the Regency Era...not my usual genre...since I go mainly towards the romance of that era. If you're look for the erotic or at least a sexy romp, this isn't the book for you. It doesn't have a lot of heat, but the hero isn't celibate. There are a couple of short sex scenes but romantic love and sex are not the main theme of this book. The suspense and story line is well-written and held my interest to the very end. Clues and suspects abound, but the actual villian didn't become apparent until the very end.
Sebastian is a very 'deep' character and while the author gave us some insight as to who he was, she left a lot out. I suspect more will be learned about his background, his family, his loves and what makes him such a good investigator in the remaining books in the series. I'm also looking forward to reading more about Kat Boleyn and young Tom; two characters who play major roles in Sebastian's life.
I rate my books 1-4 stars. I gave this book 4 stars! I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a well-written mystery/suspense/thriller story.