Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the releases of Who Slays the Wicked and Why Kill the Innocent (paperback) by C.S. Harris! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy of Who Slays the Wicked at the bottom of this post!
About Who Slays the Wicked:
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 on Why Kill the Innocent and Who Slays the Wicked:
My dear friend, Jonetta, at Blue Mood Cafe , is an avid fan of the Sebastian St. Cyr series, and I’ve wanted to read the books ever since I first read her reviews. She also insisted that I read them in order, and I didn’t quite get all 14 read, but I did read the first, as well as Why Kill the Innocent and Who Slays the Wicked. They were easy to binge-read, completely absorbing, and I promise, Jonetta, I will read them all!
Briefly, Why Kill the Innocent involves a mystery for Sebastian to undertake at the royal court in London 1814. A young musician named Jane Ambrose is murdered, and she has ties to Princess Charlotte, the next in line for the throne. This frightens everyone and causes concern and intrigue. Jane’s world is full of secrets, and once Sebastian and Hero uncover some of the mystery, more and more deceit rises to the surface. I loved the working relationship between Sebastian and his wife, Hero- how well they worked together. I was completely absorbed in this story and breezed right through it.
Moving on to Who Slays the Wicked, Sebastian is tasked with finding the real killer when his cousin is accused of murder.
Sebastian’s cousin, Stephanie, married this handsome but unsettling nobleman against Sebastian’s wishes. Sebastian could never prove Ashworth did anything untoward, but he had strong suspicions. Stephanie was abandoned by Ashworth while pregnant, and evidence is found at the scene of his murder suggesting the killer is a woman.
Oh, I was completely lost in Who Slays the Wicked. This story hitting so close to home for Sebastian just connected it to me all the more. Stephanie is extremely sympathetic here and I wanted the real killer to be found.
I don’t really want to say too much more, but I’ll close with his. Sebastian has a brilliant analytical mind, and these books get you right inside. They make you think the way he does, and it’s so engrossing. The writing is completely transportive and brilliant. If you are a fan of historical mysteries, this is hands-down one of the best series I’ve tried. Jonetta was right!
I received a complimentary copy of each book. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Candice Proctor, aka C.S. Harris and C.S. Graham, is the USA Todaybestselling, award-winning author of more than two dozen novels including the Sebastian St. Cyr Regency mystery series written under the name C.S. Harris, the 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 women in the French Revolution. Her books are available worldwide and have been translated into over twenty languages.
A former academic with a PhD in European history, Candice 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. She loves to travel and has spent much of her life abroad, living 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, and an ever-expanding number of cats.
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