Who Buries the Dead

Who Buries the Dead

A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

Book - 2015
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"London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription KING CHARLES, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim's kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian's powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends. Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects that range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything--and everyone--Sebastian holds most dear"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Obsidian, published by the Penguin Group, 2015.
ISBN: 9780451417565
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 24 cm.

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Aug 05, 2020

This installment was so unexpectedly sad. I was heartsick and questioned the author’s motives for such a devastating move. Besides a few of the books in this series hitting me in the romantic feels, I’m not sure if any of them have run me through the emotional upheaval that this one has.

Fortunately, my emotions were also of the lighter variety, as well. All thanks to Sebastian's Aunt Henrietta and Jane Austen. Henrietta has always been a fun character, but her reading tastes have made her a favorite. Her mentions of Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility made me giddy with delight. Also, her comment on the discovery of a decapitated peer as “How terribly gauche” absolutely slayed me.

Aside from the mystery, there were a number of interesting elements introduced in this story and I was captivated by the facts and research. Most notably, Jane Austen - the character and her works circulating throughout London, the ending legality of the slave trade, as well as it's illegal continuance, British slave owners within England and it's colonies (most prominently, Jamaica), and abolitionists. Also, Hero continues her work to learn and write about the plight of the poor working class.

Who Buries the Dead was an all-around great read with some truly fun and light moments interlaced with somber, heartbreaking, and moments of utter disgust with the depravity of mankind. I've learned much by this author's hand, as well as having been thoroughly entertained.

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ALW7033
Oct 19, 2017

I have enjoyed all of this series. I have read all the books. I enjoy books about the Regency in England either mystery or Romance.

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maipenrai
Dec 05, 2016

(The tenth book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series)

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