Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Who Slays the Wicked - Historical Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Who Slays the Wicked (Sebastian St. Cyr #14) by C.S. Harris

Rating: Really Liked It
Source: Publisher

Description:  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.

Genre: Mystery - Historical 

Why I Picked This Book: I had really enjoyed a previous book by this author in this series so I couldn't resist this one.

My Impression: I do love a historical mystery and this series is one that I'm really excited about.  I really like Sebastian and Hero and their dynamic.  They're both interesting likable characters with some baggage but not so much baggage it seems to take over their personality.  Sebastian's baggage is a bit front in center in this mystery as he has to deal with his not so sister-ly sister.

Never have I been more glad a victim is a victim and never have so many suspects have sympathetic reasons for murder.  Add in a little political intrigue in the form of a Russian Grand Duchess and a Princess and this mystery is just a fascinating read.

This reminded me a little bit of the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber in terms of darkness and character development and both series are quickly becoming favorites.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  This is a series I'm trying to collect all the books I've missed.  I'm really looking forward to catching up on and am already anticipating the next book.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  If you enjoy historical mysteries this would be a good pick and you can easily jump in here.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I love a good historical mystery that's well written too, and definitely need to picj this one up. Never heard of this writer before. Hugs, RO

  2. Good that you really enjoyed it as that's what we want out of a book. Sounds like the victim had quite a few enemies!