C.S. Harris (A Sebastian St. Cyr mystery). A while back I read a book that was
middle of this series, and I liked it well enough to want to read the
rest of the books in the series. So this is the first book in the series (I’m
actually planning to read from two ends—read on from the spot I started, and
read in order from the beginning). In this book, an actress is horrifically
murdered in a church, and the weapon at the scene implicates Sebastian St. Cyr.
An accident when the police are arresting Sebastian implicates him even further
and sends him into hiding. Staying out of the hands of the police and
investigating the murder to find the real culprit keep Sebastian busy.
this book a good deal, perhaps even more than the previous title I had read in
the series, which I found a little far-fetched. Series regulars were introduced
here, as were Sebastian’s near-supernatural senses. Harris excels at character
development and historical detail, two of my real soft spots when reading
historical mystery. The only drawback to this book was the graphic nature of
the crime. 4/5*