Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #3
Published by New American Library on November 6, 2007
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
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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.
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!
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