Who Slays the Wicked is the fourteenth book in C.S. Harris’ Sebastian St. Cyr series of Regency-era historical mystery novels. I was excited about the opportunity to read this book because I have read the last few entries in the series, and I was looking forward to finding out what was going to happen next- especially when I saw whose murder Sebastian was investigating.
Lord Ashworth has been a minor character throughout the series, and needless to say, he has demonstrated a chilling capacity for evil. So when he is found murdered in his own home, it seems as though justice has finally been served. But such a brutal crime- against an aristocrat, no less- must be investigated. Ashworth wronged so many over the years, and there are multiple suspects in recent months who were angry enough to seek revenge. This is not going to be an easy task, but as more people connected to Ashworth are found dead, Sebastian needs to find the killer quickly.
Once again, Harris provides the reader with a thoroughly immersive Regency experience. I read a lot of fiction set in this era, but very few books move beyond the realm of the elite. Harris introduces us to people from all social classes, and peppers the interactions with fascinating details about their lives and occupations.
The mystery itself is satisfying. There are several paths and avenues to explore, and the “big reveal” came as a surprise. Harris does a good job with building tension- I found it difficult to put the book down because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
I would recommend Who Slays the Wicked. I suppose this book functions well enough as a standalone, but I would suggest reading a couple of the previous books in the series before reading this one to gain a better sense of how loathsome Ashworth was. This is one of my favorite historical mystery series, and one of these days, I really will catch up on the earlier books in the series.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.