Why Mermaids Sing by C. S. Harris

Posted July 29, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Why Mermaids Sing by C. S. HarrisWhy Mermaids Sing by C. S. Harris
Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #3
Published by New American Library on November 6, 2007
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Murder has jarred London's elite. The sons of prominent families have been found at dawn in public places, partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths. Once again, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help. Moving from the gritty world of London's docks to the drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his most puzzling--and disturbing--case yet.

 

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Sebastian takes on another puzzling and gruesome case at the behest of Magistrate Lovejoy. Young men are being murdered, their bodies brutally treated with objects placed in their mouths. The case takes him down interesting and surprising paths. 

This story is the best yet, written nimbly but without sacrificing the author’s extraordinary skill in descriptively creating a strong sense of time, place and social atmosphere. I felt like I could see, feel and smell early 19th century London. The case was difficult but assembling clues wasn’t, allowing the reader to get there with Sebastian. Yet, I’m still not sure I was prepared for the outcome. 

There are some startling surprises revealed near the end of the story with far-reaching implications. I am SO hooked on this series and can’t wait to continue. Outstanding!

About C. S. Harris

Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the new C.S. Graham thriller series co-written with Steven Harris, and seven historical romances. She is also the author of a nonfiction historical study of the French Revolution. Her books are available worldwide and have been translated into over twenty different languages.

Candice graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with a degree in Classics before going on to earn an MA and Ph.D. in history. A former academic, she has taught at the University of Idaho and Midwestern State University in Texas. She also worked as an archaeologist on a variety of sites including a Hudson’s Bay Company Fort in San Juan Island, a Cherokee village in Tennessee, a prehistoric kill site in Victoria, Australia, and a Roman cemetery and medieval manor house in Winchester, England. Most recently, she spent many years as a partner in an international business consulting firm.

The daughter of a career Air Force officer and university professor, Proctor loves to travel and has spent much of her life abroad. She has lived in Spain, Greece, England, France, Jordan, and Australia. She now makes her home in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, retired Army officer Steve Harris, her two daughters, and an ever-expanding number of cats.

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2 responses to “Why Mermaids Sing by C. S. Harris

  1. I had to look at that rating a few times, lol, to make sure that it was for real 5 stars. I’m glad this book works so well for you and that the series gets better.

    • Have you tried it? A few of us are reading the series together and it’s pretty unanimous that it’s a 4 to 5 star series.