Happy publication day!
Thanks to Berkley Pub for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
WHO SLAYS THE WICKED – C.S. Harris
You can see my review for WHY KILL THE INNOCENT – book thirteen in the Sebastian St. Cyr series from last year! Check it out here!
The death of a fiendish nobleman strikes close to home as Sebastian St. Cyr is tasked with finding the killer to save his young cousin from persecution in this riveting new historical mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Why Kill the Innocent….
When the handsome but dissolute young gentleman Lord Ashworth is found brutally murdered, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is called in by Bow Street magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy to help catch the killer. Just seven months before, Sebastian had suspected Ashworth of aiding one of his longtime friends and companions in the kidnapping and murder of a string of vulnerable street children. But Sebastian was never able to prove Ashworth’s complicity. Nor was he able to prevent his troubled, headstrong young niece Stephanie from entering into a disastrous marriage with the dangerous nobleman.
Stephanie has survived the difficult birth of twin sons. But Sebastian soon discovers that her marriage has quickly degenerated into a sham. Ashworth abandoned his pregnant bride at his father’s Park Street mansion and has continued living an essentially bachelor existence. And mounting evidence–ranging from a small bloody handprint to a woman’s silk stocking–suggests that Ashworth’s killer was a woman. Sebastian is tasked with unraveling the shocking nest of secrets surrounding Ashworth’s life to keep Stephanie from being punished for his death.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
I’ve been going through so many thrillers lately, so having some historical fiction in the mix was refreshing. WHO SLAYS THE WICKED is book fourteen in the Sebastian St. Cyr series, but don’t let that deter you. You can 100% read this as a standalone with no difficulties or feeling lost. I previously read WHY KILL THE INNOCENT and loved it, so I was hoping to have a similar experience with the next installment. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
Full of murder, mystery, and truly depraved killings, this one grabbed me right away. What I was the most impressed with in WHY KILL THE INNOCENT was the author’s ability to completely transport you into the time period. I had the same experience here and she did it just as effortlessly. This one isn’t at a crazy fast pacing, but it’s just the right amount of suspense the I just couldn’t put it down. Harris set up the story and the characters perfectly without droning on – just enough so that new readers to the series are able to be caught up. Considering these two, Sebastian and Ashcroft, have had run-ins before (from book 12, I believe, and one I hadn’t read), I didn’t feel like I was missing any information on their encounters in the past.
Overall, if you like a murder mystery with a deranged killer and a hint of historical fiction, then this should be added to your TBR. As I said in my last review, I need to go back and pick up the other books because I would love to see what other cases Sebastian St. Cyr has had before!