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The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

Although the woman, Alexi Sauvage, has no memory of the attack, Sebastian knows her all too well from an incident in his past - an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him. As the search for the killer leads Sebastian into a treacherous web of duplicity, he discovers that Pelletan was part of a secret delegation sent by Napoleon to investigate the possibility of peace with Britain. Despite his powerful father-in-law' s warnings, Sebastian plunges deep into the mystery of the " Lost Dauphin," the boy prince who disappeared in the darkest days of the French Revolution, and soon finds himself at lethal odds with the Dauphin' s sister - the imperious, ruthless daughter of Marie Antoinette - who is determined to retake the French crown at any cost.

With the murderer striking ever closer, Sebastian must battle new fears about Hero' s health and that of their soon-to-be born child. When he realizes the key to their survival may lie in the hands of an old enemy, he must finally face the truth about his own guilt in a past he has found too terrible to consider.

©2014 The Two Talers, LLC (P)2014 Recorded Books

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Harris and Porter are a winning combination

What did you love best about Why Kings Confess?

Harris and Porter are a solid team in creating the world of Sebastian St. Cyr. Each of the novels are done with depth of character, society, and environment. Davina is one of my favorite narrators. She opens the door to the novel, and becomes a guide to the listenener, without detracting from the author's work.

What did you like best about this story?

Hero St. Cyr's exploration of the society around her. Through Hero you get a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by women and children of the time.

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The novel blends so well from one chapter to the next, and Davina does such a wonderful job of narration, just can't choose.

Any additional comments?

I wish Audible would present more of the series... fingers crossed

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Great addition to the series!

Awesome addition to the series! I had read the previous books in this series and did not realize that the last few had an audio edition. I have been anticipating this book since the release of the last one. There was a lot of focus on Sebastien and Hero's relationship and of course the waiting for the birth of their baby. We see a lot of Paul in this story and Ms Harris has given him a nice surprise. Thankfully, nothing of Kat, other than a little mention, and little of Lord Jarvis.
Davina Porter is the narrator and does a superb job, as usual.

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"They cry peace, peace, but there is no peace"

Oh I wanted to read this book so bad, that I couldn't wait. I had it on hold at the library but I broke down and bought it. I absolutely love the way Harris has woven the historical events around the French Revolution and Napoleon's reign into the story. She gives you so many interesting facts to absorb. In this one Devlin has to stay on his toes. He not only has to deal with the murder and people trying to kill him, as usual, but he has the added stress of worrying about Hero and the babe. I just adore this series. We see this book about equally divided between Devlin and his friend Paul Gibson. On his way home one night, Paul comes across the body of a woman sprawled near an alley. He discovers her companion lying near by, dead with his heart missing. He calls for Devlin. The lady turns out to be Alexi Sauvage, a French doctor of medicine. She becomes as the story progresses a possible love interest for Gibson. In his investigation, Devlin must interact with the exiled French nobility. The princess Marie-Therese, her uncle the Compte de Provence, next in line for the French throne and a score of other French nobles are all living together at an estate near London. We discover during the course of the story that the murdered man was actually Alexi's half-brother and is speculated to be the missing " Lost Dauphin", son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. As expected more deaths occur and the suspect list gets longer, with Lord Jarvis being a usual suspect. With the advent of more deaths to solve there is the added worry of a possible "breach birth" with the coming babe. But with the aide of Hero, Gibson, Aunt Henrietta and even his father Hendon this time, Devlin is able to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together. Surprisingly, well maybe not so surprisingly, Hero fells the heinous murderer with a mighty blow to the head. That "heroic" deed brings on her labor and we finally get to know if it's a boy or a girl. A fantastic read filled with intrigue, suspense, romance, love, action and a lot of history. On to the next book I say.

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I can't get enough of the Sebastian St. Cyr books!

I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. I really enjoy the pieces of history woven into the fictional tale. I look forward to the author's historical notes at the end of every book. Sebastian and Hero make a great team. She is his equal in many ways and that seems to make him a better person in the process. She certainly is no wallflower! I am glad too that Cat Boleyn was 'off-stage', finally. That story had run its course. While I'm sure it is not the last we'll see of her, Sebastian's superficial obsession was getting a bit dull.

My only gripe is that while I like Davina Porter, I don't think she does male voices particularly well. She makes Sebastian sound a bit of dandy and I don't think she can quite capture the timber of a man's voice. However, it is not enough of a distraction not to still enjoy the listen.

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An Addictive Series

This series is the type of mystery novel I love best. It is definitely not a "cozy" mystery, but neither is it bogged down by procedural minutiae or ever-increasing levels of violence intended to shock jaded readers. While dark and occasionally gothic, it avoids crossing over into blood and gore horror. It's greatest strength is the sense of time and place, wrought with the aid of prodigious historical scholarship. History would be a much more intriguing subject in school if taught through the personal, human, lens employed by Harris. The way real people and events are woven throughout the series is impressive, always based upon real timelines and interests. The politics of the time offer insights into repercussions still felt today. The series also retains the reader's attention with complex, evolving characters, their psychologies enfolding across the novels as both the characters and the reader grasp hidden motivations, needs, and outlooks, becoming more self-aware and wise with time and maturity. In that sense, the series also offers an enlightening view of human nature. This is first rate literature all around, not just as a mystery novel.

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Outstanding Mystery

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

In the background is the aftermath of the French Terror.

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Why does EVERYBODY lie?

It gets a little old when the hero keeps having to go back to everybody to brow beat them and they get so offended time after time after time after time. You get my drift drift drift.

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What a Grest Historical mystery

Once more, I loved this twisting and turning novel filled with the inquiring mind of Lord Devlin. Harris has again caused us to either hate or fall in love with her in depth description of bother characters and places. the narrator, Davina Porter, is absolutely fantastic and without her it would all fall flat.

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Marvellous as usual

C S Harris never disappoints, neither does Davina Porter! Another outstanding book in the series. Thank you for this one and welcome Simon!

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another great story

I loved this book. Davina Porter is a pleasure to lisrwn to. She does both male and female voices in a way that seems natural and is not at all annoying.

I have loved every book so much that I can go back and relisten to them again and enjoy it just as much as the first time.