What Angels Fear

What Angels Fear

A Historical Mystery

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
In London, 1811, a young woman is brutally raped and murdered, her body left on the altar steps of an ancient church. The prime suspect: Sebastian St. Cyr, a brilliant young nobleman still haunted by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars. Now he is running for his life, desperate to catch the killer and prove his innocence. Moving from Mayfair's glittering ballrooms to St. Giles's fetid back alleys, Sebastian is assisted by a band of unlikely allies and pursued by a Machiavellian powerbroker with ties to the Prince Regent himself. What Angels Fear seamlessly weaves an intimate knowledge of the period with a multi-layered and compelling story, and is the first of a series of novels featuring these characters.

Baker & Taylor
The prime suspect in the brutal rape and murder of a young woman whose body is left in an ancient church, young aristocrat Sebastian St. Cyr becomes a fugitive and flees a ruthless powerbroker with ties to the Prince Regent.

Blackwell North Amer
The year is 1811. As old King George III sinks deeper into madness, and the threat of social unrest and revolution haunts the privileged classes, a beautiful young woman is found raped and savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient parish church not far from Westminster Abbey. An ornate dueling pistol discovered tangled in the blood-soaked folds of Rachel York's cloak and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars. When a vicious attack during his arrest leaves a constable near death, Sebastian must run for his life.
Now a fugitive, Sebastian calls upon his experience as an agent during the war to embark on a desperate quest to catch a brutal killer and prove his own innocence. Ranging from the glittering ballrooms and sedate salons of Mayfair to the squalid back alleys and fetid churchyards of St. Giles, Sebastian accumulates a band of unlikely allies, including a street urchin named Tom, an opium-eating Irish doctor, and a lovely but mysterious actress who calls herself Kat Boleyn. Years ago, Kat broke Sebastian's heart. Now she may hold the key to his salvation - or doom him to destruction.
For as he plunges into a world of intrigue and espionage, Sebastian discovers that Rachel York was more than what she seemed. When the twisted path leads from a French spymaster to a Machiavellian power broker, and from there to the future Prince Regent, Sebastian begins to realize that Rachel's death holds ominous implications not only for Sebastian's own family, but also for the future of the British monarchy.

& Taylor

The prime suspect in the brutal rape and murder of a young woman whose body is left on the altar steps of an ancient church, Sebastian St. Cyr, a young aristocrat haunted by his experiences in the Napoleonic Wars, becomes a fugitive, joining forces with an unlikely group of allies as he flees a ruthless powerbroker with ties to the Prince Regent. A first novel.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2005
ISBN: 9780451216694
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm


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May 08, 2019

What a delight to stumble across this story and author. C. S. Harris manages to do something truly amazing in creating a book that is gripping from start to finish while simultaneously showing the reader a thorough view of the politics and social structure of a specific historical period. The writing is excellent: no cliches or dramatics. Just a perfectly crafted story.

Jan 05, 2018

This could have been a great book with more care and attention to the writing style and not such a light touch about the characters which edge towards the stereotype. As it is, if you like a bit of dark in your Regency detective mystery then this would be a good choice for you.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 05, 2017

This one has been on my to-read list for a couple of years now, and I'm glad I finally picked it up. It hits right in the sweet spot of mysteries I enjoy: historical, a bit of romantic & interpersonal drama, and not too grisly. It's a bit darker than I usually like my mysteries, because I'm a wimp, but not to such an extreme that I couldn't enjoy it, and I thought this was pretty hard to put down. Hand this one to fans of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series and Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily books.

Dec 05, 2016

(The first book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series

Jun 21, 2016

Slow and overwrought, I struggled to get through this book. While I've enjoyed many other mysteries set in Georgian, Regency, Victorian, and other time periods, I kept putting this one down. It wasn't at all the fast paced page turner promised by the blurbs and reviews. The premise doesn't quite make sense. And despite the fact that it takes place in 1811, Sebastian, the protagonist, must have had a very speedy form of transport to zip him around London so quickly. Not recommended.

I picked this up after I finished Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey mysteries, and loved it. This series is a little darker and a little less romantic, but there's still plenty of historical angst mixed in with the mystery.

Jul 12, 2011

A historical mystery that will be enjoyed by fans of Deanna Raybourn & Tasha Alexander.


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Aug 09, 2014

And because she loved him so much, because she would always love him, she forced herself to say what needed to be said, although the worse tore open every old bleeding wound she'd hidden away so deep within her.


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