- Hardcover: 341 pages
- Publisher: New Amer Library; 1 edition (6 March 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451235770
- ISBN-13: 978-0451235770
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
- Customer Reviews: 147 customer ratings
When Maidens Mourn Hardcover – 6 March 2012
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C.S. Harris graduated with a degree in Classics before earning a Ph.D. in European history. A scholar of the French Revolution and 19th-century Europe, she has lived in Europe and various far-flung parts of the old British Empire. She now lives in New Orleans with her husband, a retired Army Intelligence Officer, and two daughters.
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It is 1812 and Sebastian and Hero Jarvis have been married a few days and are about to embark on their honeymoon to Sebastian's country estate to get to know each other better. Then they receive a message that Hero's good friend, amateur archeologist and writer of a work on King Arthur and Camlet Moat, Gabrielle Tennyson has been found murdered and floating in a boat on Camlet Moat in London. Also, Gabrielle's young cousins, George and Alfred Tennyson, aged 9 and 3, are missing.
Sebastian's friend, Sir Henry Lovejoy, asks him to help investigate the murder and Hero has investigations of her own to follow up. Namely, her father Lord Jarvis, the Machiavelli behind the Hanovarian throne. Poor Hero is torn between her loyalty to her father and her loyalty towards her new husband.
Camlet Moat is thought by some to be the site of Camelot, as it was once called that and there is proof that not only an ancient castle once stood on the site, but that a Roman fort did as well, putting it in the right time period for King Arthur, "the once and future king".
Sebastian and Hero are beginning to feel burgeoning love for each other, however they are both keeping secrets from each other and both working separately on this case and not fully communicating with each other, "We can do better than this" Hero tells Sebastian later.
The case is complicated by various members of the Tennyson family, a French soldier, and a tall dark man with yellow eyes who looks very like Sebastian. Who is the latter and what relationship does he have to Sebastian?
Very enjoyable. As with all C S Harris's books in this series, do read the author notes at the end. I hope that she continues to write this series.
My only quibble is that the books are relatively expensive, even for the Kindle version. With the paper books, you can sell them and recoup some of your investment, not so with Kindle books.