- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1St Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451228022
- ISBN-13: 978-0451228024
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Remains of Heaven: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book 5 Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Long-festering family secrets, treachery and worse threaten Sebastian St. Cyr in Harris's addictive fifth Regency-era mystery starring the dashing soldier-turned-sleuth (after 2008's Where Serpents Sleep). From the start, St. Cyr's mission is sensitive: finding out who killed the bishop of London, a leading candidate for archbishop of Canterbury, in the crypt of the same country church where the mummified body of another murder victim was discovered only hours earlier. It becomes downright dangerous once the charismatic viscount unearths the surprising connection between the men as well as the many powerful enemies with motives for their murder—including his own father. Harris weaves palpable period detail and romantic subplots with such ease that her occasional descriptive laziness, such as repeats of fiercely blue St. Cyr eyes, grates inordinately. But it shouldn't keep you from being swept up by her seductive antihero at his swashbuckling best. (Nov.)
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Praise for the Sebastian St. Cyr Series
"Best historical thriller writer in the business! Sebastian St. Cyr is…uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy. The entire series is simply elegant.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
“Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“A crescendo of suspense and surprise.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Thoroughly enjoyable…kept me enthralled.”—Deanna Raybourn
“A ripping read...captivated me to the final page.”—Will Thomas
“Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race.”—The New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England…”—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
I love the interaction between Hero and Sebastian and am anxious to see the relationship grow.
The mystery is interesting and the twists and turns are many.
That said, Harris does have a tendency to create rather convoluted murder plots, and while this one was a little more straightforward than some of her past murder scenarios--with panoramas of suspects--I still had head-scratching moments of, "OK, what's the sequence here, and what motive could this guy, or that guy, possibly have . . ."
I also noted the comment made by Publishers Weekly that the author has moments of "descriptive laziness," and I would have to agree. One example: I think she has used the term "empty hearth" at least a dozen times in the course of the last two books. Just once I'd like to see bright flames crackling on the hearth, or even dying embers. She is a terrific writer, though, and lards her scenes with original, graphic imagery that definitely makes up for these occasional lapses. Start with the first book in this series and you will soon be converted.
Perhaps the best part is that each book is a continuation of the previous one. Begin to see the characters as part of the family