Friday, March 11, 2016

Book Review: When Falcons Fall: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris

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Recently, I had the chance to review the book When Falcons Fall: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

About the book:
Avid fans and new readers alike will be captivated by WHEN FALCONS FALL: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery (Obsidian Mysteries; Hardcover; March 1, 2016; $25.95), the eleventh installment in the highly acclaimed series. 

The much-anticipated new entrée in the Sebastian St. Cyr “simply elegant”* historical mystery series, from the national bestselling author of Who Buries the Dead and Why Kings Confess.

Ayleswick-on-Teme, 1813. Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, has come to this seemingly peaceful Shropshire village to honor a slain friend and on a quest to learn more about his own ancestry. But when the body of a lovely widow is found on the banks of the River Teme, a bottle of laudanum at her side, the village’s inexperienced new magistrate turns to St. Cyr for help.

Almost immediately, Sebastian realizes that Emma Chance did not, in truth, take her own life. Less easy to discern is exactly how she died, and why. For as Sebastian and Hero soon discover, Emma was hiding both her true identity and her real reasons for traveling to Ayleswick. Also troubling are the machinations of Lucien Bonaparte, the estranged brother of the megalomaniac French Emperor Napoleon. Held captive under the British government’s watchful eye, the younger Bonaparte is restless, ambitious, and treacherous.

Sebastian’s investigation takes on new urgency when he discovers that Emma was not the first, or even the second, beautiful young woman in the village to die under suspicious circumstances. Home to the eerie ruins of an ancient monastery, Ayleswick reveals itself to be a dark and dangerous place of secrets that have festered among the villagers for decades—and a violent past that may be connected to Sebastian’s own unsettling origins. And as he faces his most diabolical opponent ever, he is forced to consider what malevolence he’s willing to embrace in order to destroy a killer.

My thoughts:
Wowza!  What a book!  This is the first C.S. Harris book I've read and I was super impressed.  There are a lot of characters in this book and it is quite fast-paced, so you'll really need to keep up, but it's worth it.  Harris's attention to setting detail is pretty amazing.  Her in-depth descriptions of the town and countryside create absolutely stunning mental pictures of the hauntingly beautiful Aylsewick and it's surrounding areas.  Her writing style is intriguing and thorough, making this book a really exciting read.  I love fiction that interweaves actual historical events and gives you a clear picture of the time period it's set in and When Falcons Fall exceeded my expectations:)  If you are a fan of the historical mystery/thriller genre, you are likely to enjoy this novel as much as I did! 

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