Who Slays the Wicked

Who Slays the Wicked

A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

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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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399585654
Branch Call Number: MF HARRIS
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 19, 2019

Most series are starting to drag by book #14, but not this one -- I thought this was one of the best mysteries of the entire series, with some A+ red herrings (I guessed who did it about 75% of the way through the book, and was honestly surprised I was right, so outlandish a guess was it -- Harris dropped the clues sooooo cleverly). My only complaint was that Hero got a bit less page time than she has in the past few books, but she is still the greatest and Sebastian is lucky to have her (and he knows it, swoon). Listen, if you're not reading these books yet and you're a fan of Deanna Raybourn, Tasha Alexander, Anna Lee Huber, et. al., give these a shot -- they're a bit darker, but the mysteries are almost always really sharp, and the interpersonal dynamics are spectacular.


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