When Maidens Mourn: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

Written by C.S. Harris
Review by Elena Maria Vidal

When Maidens Mourn is the seventh novel in the series by C.S. Harris featuring Sebastian St. Cyr, an aristocratic sleuth in Regency England who mingles effortlessly with all strata of society in order to solve crimes. It is the summer of 1812, and Sebastian and his bride, Hero, daughter of his archenemy Lord Jarvis, are awkwardly adjusting to married life when they hear the news that Hero’s friend Gabrielle Tennyson has been murdered. Gabrielle, a beautiful but eccentric lady antiquary, excelled at making enemies right and left, especially in her exploration of the possible site of King Arthur’s Camelot. Sebastian and Hero’s search for the murderer lead them all over London, from glittering drawing rooms and fashionable garden parties to crimes-ridden alleys and sordid taverns. Sebastian has a motley array of friends who help him out of the various predicaments in which he becomes entangled. In the meantime, he discovers that his young wife possesses wits that match his own in both audacity and determination. Recommended for those who enjoy detailed and authentic historical fiction as well as an enthralling mystery.