- Mass Market Paperback: 341 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (1 October 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451225333
- ISBN-13: 978-0451225337
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17.3 cm
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Why Mermaids Sing: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 2008
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"Best historical thriller writer in the business! Sebastian St. Cyr is...uncannily clever, unwaveringly reserved, and irresistibly sexy. The entire series is simply elegant."--New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner
"Deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A crescendo of suspense and surprise."--Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Thoroughly enjoyable...kept me enthralled."--Deanna Raybourn
"A ripping read...captivated me to the final page."--Will Thomas
"Harris crafts her story with the threat of danger, hints of humor, vivid sex scenes, and a conclusion that will make your pulse race."--The New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Harris delves deep into the mores of Regency England..."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
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Another word of praise for the Audible narration which I enjoyed through many sections of Why Mermaids Sing. Davinia Porter is the fabulous voice that brings these characters alive. She is the narrator of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series as well. The Sebastian St. Cyr series remind me of the Outlander books in terms of excellent story, fine period details, superbly drawn recurring characters, and action adventure. And each book has a fascinating murder mystery providing the narrative structure. Wonderful work!
-It’s not until the next day that we discover that Dominic’s body has been found with the flesh of his legs hacked off. A visit to Sebastian St. Cyr, Lord Devlin, by Sir Henry Lovejoy, a magistrate, brings Devlin into the investigation. Though Devlin is a member of high society which shuns one of their own being involved in this type of effort, he still decides to aid Sir Henry, as he’s done in the past.
-This was not the first of these strange murders, because earlier, another young man, Barclay Charmichael, was found dead with the flesh of his arms hacked off. He was the son of a banker, Sir Humphrey Charmichael, born a commoner, but marriage to a titled family who had lost their money bought Sir Humphrey his title. Adding to this mystery was the fact that each of the boys was found with something odd stuffed in his mouth.
-Devlin tried to find the connection between the two, but he’s surprised to find that both fathers are very tight lipped about the incident and will reveal nothing. They also want him to stop in his investigations. But then a third victim is found, and he also, appears to have nothing to do with the other two as he is a son of a Reverend Thornton who lives in the countryside.
-It’s only with a fourth murder of a sea Captain’s son that the link starts to become apparent, and that link brings out the possibility of an event the fathers may have been involved in that the older men will do everything to hide, even if it means the death of their own children.
-Devlin’s personal life also goes through upheaval as his love for Kat Boleyn, an actress, and his persistent entreaties to her to be his wife, has finally resulted in her acquiescence. He puts a notice of the upcoming nuptials in the newspaper which causes his father and his sister to threaten to break off all ties with him. Events, though, are in the making for the revelation of a bombshell, which will affect all of them forever.
-The stories progress very smoothly, with many unexpected surprises along the way. The writing is captivating and, for any book on historical fiction, this 3rd book of this series must get top grades.
This is a great mystery that really keeps you guessing about who the bad guy is -- right up until the end. Then, of course, there is the sub-plot that is as interesting (to me) as the main mystery is.
Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is asked by his friend (a magistrate) to help investigate the death and mutilation of a young man (boy really). Before the mystery is solved, there are several dead bodies. You'll be amazed at what ties all of these young men together and how they came to be chosen as the victims. You'll also be amazed at what some people will do and sacrifice to cover up their shame.
The sub-plot concerns Devlin and his love Cat. Devlin loves Cat unreservedly and she loves him with the same intensity. He wants to marry her. However, since I've read all the book-blurbs on the other books in the series, I knew they didn't marry and wondered what happened. Well -- we find out in this book and -- well -- believe me -- it is a doozie! You absolutely won't believe it. I don't think I've read quite that situation in a book before.
Anyway -- this is a wonderful series -- and this is a great book in that series. I couldn't put it down.
Cyr mysteries are the kind that I intentionally read slowly so that I can delay their ending. As usual, this one did not disappoint and kept me interested until the end.
Even though they are 10+ books in the series each one of them can be read as stand-alone novels. There is a through-line plot involving Sebastian St. Cy’s personal life but each mystery is completely resolved by the end,
Bottom line: a heck of a good read.