Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley/the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

When it comes to the mystery genre of fiction, I prefer historical settings to contemporary. I have not read any of C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, but I’m always pleased to discover new authors/series.

Where the Dead Lie is the 12th book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. Sebastian finds himself immersed in London’s sordid underworld after the body of a boy turns up in a hastily dug grave. The boy has not just been murdered; he has been brutalized, and Sebastian becomes obsessed with finding out who would be depraved enough to such horrible things to a child. As he progresses with his investigation, Sebastian discovers that multiple children have gone missing from some of London’s poorest neighborhoods. Did these street children simply leave in search of better opportunities or is there something more sinister at play?

This was slightly grittier than the mysteries I am used to reading, but that might be because the victims were children. Sebastian is a relentless sleuth who doggedly pursues every lead and clue in his search for justice. Harris creates an immersive portrait of Regency London, and Sebastian ventures to all sorts of neighborhoods from the finest salons to the most wretched slums.

I would recommend Where the Dead Lie to fans of historical mysteries. As I have mentioned, I haven’t read any of the other books in the series. This book functioned well as a standalone; I didn’t have any difficulty ascertaining who was who Sebastian’s world. I am pleased to have discovered the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries, and I’m looking forward to catching up on earlier books as well as any future books in the series!

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