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Publisher's Summary

Fourth in the "moody and atmospheric" historical mystery series starring "a troubled but compelling antihero" (Booklist).

London, 1812. The brutal slaughter of eight young prostitutes in a house of refuge near Covent Garden leaves only one survivor - and one witness: Hero Jarvis, reform-minded daughter of the prince regent's cousin, Lord Jarvis. When the Machiavellian power broker quashes any official inquiry that might reveal his daughter's unorthodox presence, Hero launches an investigation of her own and turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, viscount Devlin, for help.

Working in an uneasy alliance, Hero and Sebastian follow a trail of clues leading from the seedy brothels and docksides of London's East End to the Mayfair mansions of a noble family with dark secrets to hide. Risking both their lives and their reputations, the two must race against time to stop a killer whose ominous plot threatens to shake the nation to its very core.

©2008 The Two Talers, LLC (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Excellent All Around

Where Serpents Sleep is the fourth novel in C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr series. In this story, Hero Jarvis, the daughter of Sebastian’s enemy, Lord Jarvis one of the most powerful men in England, asks Devlin to help her solve a murder.
A murder occurs while Hero is doing interviews with a group of prostitutes. The killers are ruthless killing everyone in the house except Hero, who barely escaped. Lord Jarvis is determined to search out and kill the men; however, Hero wants justice for the women. Her admiration of Sebastian’s skills has her swallow her pride and request that he teach her how to go about tracking the men down. As Hero and Sebastian follow the clues, they find themselves in dangerous and deadly situations. Their hazardous encounters and close working relationship create a bond of friendship between these two unlucky associates.

Hero is a woman before her time. I love this character. She is determined to be independent in a time when women are expected to marry, birth an heir, manage the household, and exist as property of a husband. Hero is a scholar and writer. She spends her free time in the library or traveling around London doing research. She champions causes to help the poor. She has strong opinions against marriage, and never plans to take that step. Her path is both a source of deep pride and frustration for her father.

Sebastian’s character continues to develop. I love the hero of this series. The more we learn about him, the more I like him. He is suffering deep emotional pain in this book after all the reveals of the previous one. Hero coming to him for help pulls him out of his alcoholic stupor, and gives him a purpose. The more he learns of the slaughter, the more focused he becomes.

These two make an unusual team. Mostly they are combative, but there is an air of admiration underneath their sparring. They learn more about one another as they work together. It is enjoyable to watch their mutual admiration grow. The setting of Regency England is an interesting backdrop for the series. It adds depth and anxiety at times. I don’t know what to say except that this series gets better and better with each new book. Where Serpents Sleep is another must read. I could not put the book down.

Davina Porter is an excellent narrator. Her voice, tone, and delivery add dimension and enjoyment to an outstanding story. She takes the listening into the sights and sounds of Regency England. I will listen to this audiobook again. I love it!

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Outstanding

Complicated plots and finely detailed characters are yet again the author's hallmark.

Another compelling mystery...

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Love this series

Anything Davina Porter narrates I will read. Bonus that this series is entertaining and makes me want to sit in traffic.

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Complex plot and characters

I'm completely hooked on this series ...the complexity of the murder mystery is augmented by fantastic characters and the ongoing relationship issues of the central characters. Ms. Porter does an excellent job of narrating and the only complaint is have is that Miss Jarvis' voice sounds far too old for a 25 year old woman. Still, very engrossing and a wonderful way to pass the time on my commute.

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Love this series! !!

I would give this 10 out of 5 if I could. You won't be disappointed. Short review. ..going to next book. Woo-hoo

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Excellent story. Lots of twists!

Well written and organized storyline with twists and revelations. Narration: perfectly executed. Ready for next in the series.

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Worth the Read!

Loved it. Waiting for the next book. It is Amanda Quick meets Mary Higgins Clark. I love the characters.

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Schemers, Cyprians, and Sleuths

Set in Regency England, “Where Serpents Sleep” details Sebastion St. Cyr’s investigation of a prostitute’s murder with the aid of his nemesis’ daughter, Hero Jarvis. As the two discover shocking information about the victim’s family, her history, and her associates, they uncover ugly truths that eventually lead them to the identity of the killer and an explanation of the reason the victim turned to prostitution.

Although “Where Serpents Sleep” is apparently the fourth book in the Sebastion St. Cyr series, it’s the first one I’ve read and I found it compelling. C.S. Harris uses her knowledge of the setting, Regency London, to great effect. Although it’s not particularly unique (handsome, well-connected, wealthy “enquiry agent” and strong-willed, intelligent, and unconventional female assistant/love interest work together and develop a mutual respect as they uncover the motives behind a series of dastardly murders), the formulaic characters are likeable and the mystery behind the murder is intriguing and a bit more complex than the typical Regency Era mystery novel. My only criticism is the implausibility of the explanation behind Sebastion’s break up with his former love interest, Kat. I haven’t read the first books in the series, so perhaps this explanation fits well with the overall story arc.

Overall, I enjoyed this mystery novel and look forward to reading more books in this series.

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Family secrets can lead to death.

Hero, the daughter of Sebastian ' s enemy involves him in finding out why a peer's daughter turned to prostitution and ended up dying in her arms. Sebastian's probing leads him to dark family secrets and an even darker plot for murder. Can Hero and Sebastian find justice for the dead and prevent further deaths?

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Disappointing

This seemed like a transitional installment of a series. It did not do well as a stand alone novel. I certainly am not interested in reading more of this series.

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