What Angels Fear

Written by C.S. Harris
Review by Bethany Skaggs

In 1811, King George III is sinking into madness, political intrigue is rife, and Viscount Sebastian St. Cyr, heir to the Earl of Hendon, finds himself in a difficult position. A beautiful young actress has been found viciously raped and murdered in a Westminster church. When the blame erroneously falls on Sebastian, he must hide in London’s seedy underworld and, with the help of a lost love who has secrets of her own, ferret out the real killer. The list of suspects grows exponentially, including actors, aristocrats, spies, and even members of Sebastian’s own family, as Sebastian struggles to uncover the truth and clear his name before he is apprehended and executed.

The mystery is both fast-paced and compelling, and the undercurrent of political intrigue adds to the tension. Harris’s take on the Prince Regent and his circle is interesting, and she conjures both Regency era England and an atmosphere of sinister menace with admirable skill. Sebastian is a well-developed character, both intense and intriguing, and the supporting cast is also drawn with depth and sensitivity. A gripping mystery steeped in period ambiance, What Angels Fear is a real page-turner.