Happy belated release day to this mystery meets historical fiction read!
Thanks to Berkley Pub #PRHPartner for the beautiful copy in exchange for my honest review.
WHY KILL THE INNOCENT – C.S. Harris (out now)
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
If you’ve followed my reviews for awhile, then you’ll know that I’m a fan of historical fiction. What’s even better about WHY KILL THE INNOCENT? There’s mystery thrown into the mix as well. This is the thirteenth book in the series, but I had no idea while I was reading it. So don’t let that deter you from picking this one up.
It’s winter 1814 in London – the coldest year in history – and the body of a young musician is found. Bloody and half buried in a snowdrift, it made for a gruesome scene. To make things complicated, she has ties to the Royal Family, so they are wanting to put a halt to the investigation immediately. With Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and Hero (his wife) on the case, they refuse to let the killer escape justice.
Jane Ambrose is a well-known pianist and instructor to many children of nobility. Sebastian begins to untangle the secrets of Jane’s life and continues to circle back to the palace. What are they hiding? Why did they want the investigation stopped?
Right off the bat, this is beautifully written. The pacing and the flow of the novel are consistent and keep the reader engaged. The amount of research into the time period shows and Harris does a fantastic job dropping the reader in the winter of 1814. I love when the authors take the time to do the proper research for their historical fiction novels. It keeps things authentic and accurate, and as a reader, I appreciate that extra step!
The mystery was great and I loved how Harris wove everything together and that the ending all came together without being too predictable and rushed. I will have to go back and read more of the series – get to know Sebastian and Hero better.
Do you like starting from book one in a crime series? Or are you find with jumping in and out?