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Where Serpents Sleep

por C. S. Harris

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Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteries (4)

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The sole witness to the slaughter of eight young prostitutes at a house of refuge near Covent Garden, Hero Jarvis, daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis, joins forces with Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, to investigate the massacre, following a trail of danger that takes them from London's seedy underbelly to the highest levels of society.… (más)
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Book #4 of a series
This is my favourite book so far in the series. I'm always a fan of the "unconventional strong female for the times and her era" type of heroine. And I do think Hero Jarvis is indeed quite heroic. My major niggle with the plot is the episode in which she and Sebastian are lured to a place where they become trapped. It was a contrived situation to throw them together and the resulting scenario was quite out of character, at least as far as Hero is concerned.

A minor annoyance throughout this series is Sebastian's pursuit of murderous people with absolutely no back up. He hares off to confront one person after another and deliberately baits them without any apparent consideration for having a partner scouting out the area to protect his inquiries from landing him in a life-threatening jam.
Despite these criticisms, I still like the theme and the general rollicking narrative. Harris is a very likeable storyteller. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jul 11, 2020 |
Okay, this is where I make a small confession: I read this one back in 2009 (not knowing at that time that it was part of a series and not a stand alone novel). Back then, I wasn't saving reviews here on LT (only ratings), so all I know is that I gave this one 4.5 stars back then. 11-years later, this one continues to captivate me. Why the bump up in the rating from the earlier books in the series? I really, really like Hero Jarvis. She is such a great character! A strong willed, determined, independent-thinking woman and the perfect match for Sebastian, IMO. The fact that she is the daughter of Lord Jarvis - cousin of the Prince Regent and Sebastian's arch nemesis (if we can say that such a character exists in this series) - makes Hero's decision to seek out Sebastian's help, to solve a murder she witnessed while engaging in her social welfare activities, and contrary to her father's wishes, all that more interesting.

"So many deaths."

That is the quick, three word summary for this installment, aptly provided by Hero. Yes, there is a rather high body count. Not surprising given the intricate mystery that starts at Covent Garden with the murders of prostitutes, only to be the tip of an ice burg as the mystery extends to the aristocracy and a more menacing threat to the English government in White Hall. As with previous installments, Lord Devlin continues to look into matters and conduct himself based on his own moral compass (and a good thing, too!). Thankfully, his "valet problem" has been resolved and we see Lord Devlin's household continuing to employee individuals that are useful to Sebastian's rather socially frowned upon investigative endeavors.

Overall, a series I continue to be enthralled with. ( )
  lkernagh | Apr 12, 2020 |
Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, enlists Sebastian St. Cyr's help in investigating the brutal murders of eight prostitutes. Following a trail of clues from London's seedy East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family, the two must race against time to stop a killer.

This was a lively story with some interesting interactions between Hero and Sebastian, who have a mutual distrust of each other. They also had their hands full by going against Hero’s powerful father, the local magistrates and the people who killed the prostitutes. I was let down a bit with the ending. Although it was plausible, it didn’t make a big impact on me as I didn’t know enough about the issue to care a lot about it. Overall, I did enjoy the story. ( )
  gaylebutz | Apr 3, 2019 |
This series has produced some very interesting characters...some charming and some less charming, but all very human and believable in their behavior. This one has Sebastian and Hero Jarvis spending a lot of time together. I see it as setting up their relationship for some interesting choices for their individual futures as well as the future of this marvelous series. I like Hero but I find her a little too cold and bull headed. In spite of my likes and dislikes I think we will see a lot of Sebastian and Hero in the future in a new kind of "togetherness". ( )
  Carol420 | Apr 2, 2019 |
Where Serpents Sleep
5 Stars

***Warning***: This review contains minor spoilers for the first three books.

During her visit to a local house sheltering former prostitutes, Hero Jarvis is witness to a horrific crime. Dissuaded from investigating by her father, the powerful force behind the Regent, Hero seeks the aid of Sebastian St. Cyr, who has no difficulty sticking his aristocratic nose into matters that do not concern him. As Sebastian and Hero begin to unravel the sordid details behind the deaths at the shelter, they put themselves in the path of a ruthless assassin who will stop at nothing to achieve his aims.

A fantastic addition to what is rapidly becoming my favorite historical mystery series.

As with the previous installments, the historical background is excellent and once again the politics of the time are involved as the mystery is connected to a little known historical event, namely the only assassination of a British Prime Minister in the history of the United Kingdom. There are also vivid descriptions of the slums of the East End as well as insight into the social conditions of a time in which prostitutes were perceived as “soiled doves” who resorted to prostitution due to their loose morals rather than desperation and necessity.

The character development is also outstanding as Sebastian comes to terms with the apparent (and hopefully permanent) end to his tedious romantic entanglement with Kat. Moreover, there is potential for an intriguing new relationship with Hero who is a particularly refreshing heroine. Intelligent, vivacious and honest to a fault, Hero is the complete antithesis to the manipulative and secretive Kat and her banter and interactions with Sebastian exhibit the chemistry that was so sorely lacking with his former lover.

All in all, I love the new direction the story is going in and I look forward to more of Sebastian and hopefully Hero in subsequent books. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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The sole witness to the slaughter of eight young prostitutes at a house of refuge near Covent Garden, Hero Jarvis, daughter of the Prince Regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis, joins forces with Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, to investigate the massacre, following a trail of danger that takes them from London's seedy underbelly to the highest levels of society.

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