Why Mermaids Sing

Written by C.S. Harris
Review by Bethany Latham

In Regency-era England, wealthy, aristocratic young men are being murdered, and the bodies are mutilated in grisly ways that seem to have a significance no one can decipher. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is called in by his magistrate friend to help investigate.

This is the third mystery in the St. Cyr series, and Harris maintains the level of suspense and tension she capably conjured in the earlier offerings in this series. St. Cyr is an enigmatic, sexy, and intriguing protagonist, and the secondary characters, such as his love interest, actress Kat Boleyn and his army-surgeon friend, are well-drawn and add depth to the story. There is more backstory in this novel than in the previous offerings, and readers new to the series may be a bit confused by the character development and tangled relationships. The mystery itself is fast-paced, however, and fans who enjoyed the other books in this series can look forward to some shocking personal revelations for St. Cyr. Recommended.