24 February 2015

Today's Read: Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris

Who Buries the Dead by C. S. HarrisWould you be able to handle the double stress of trying to solve a series of grisly murders just when your mortal enemy reemerges to threaten you? Sebastian St. Cyr—soldier turned detective—must sort out the twisted threads of both the case and his life before the danger becomes personal.

They called it Bloody Bridge.

It lay at the end of a dark, winding lane, far beyond the comforting flicker of the oil lamps of Sloane Square, beyond the last of the tumbledown cottages at the edge of a vast stretch of fields that showed only black in the moonless night. Narrow and hemmed in on both sides by high walls, the bridge was built of brick, worn and crumbling with age and slippery with moss where the elms edging the rivulet cast a deep, cold shade.
Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris (Penguin USA / NAL, 2015, p. 1 [eGalley])

Quick Facts
  • Setting: London, 1813
  • Circumstances: Gruesome serial murders, with links ranging from the beheaded Stuart King Charles to the current British government, take Sebastian St. Cyr through the streets of London as he tries to expose the killer before the murders hit too close to home.
  • Characters: Sebastian and his wife and son; Stanley Preston, a Jamaican plantation owner; Lord Oliphant, a soldier from Sebastian's past; Lord Jarvis, Sebastian's father-in-law; various people in the British government and upper classes as well as the poorest of London's citizens
  • Genre: historical mystery; 10th installment in a series
  • Fun thing that attracted me to the book: Apparently Sebastian's investigation gives him an opportunity to meet Jane Austen and her brother
  • What I learned from reviews: I haven't even started reading, but the Austen connection calls to me. Reviews of this book and Harris's series in general are strong and positive, citing complex action and plot, well-developed characters, a little humor, and good period details.
  • Extra bonus: I noticed that the wonderful Davina Porter is the narrator of the audiobook! Oh my, I think I'll have to listen.

29 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 2/24/15, 6:38 AM  

I like the descriptiveness of that intro. enjoy

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow 2/24/15, 7:12 AM  

From the opener, I can completely visualize the scene...and it made me shiver. Chilling and suspenseful. I do want to know more!

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf 2/24/15, 7:26 AM  

Wow this sounds like a winner all around. Loved the descriptiveness of that teaser!

Laurie C 2/24/15, 7:32 AM  

I love Davina Porter too! At first, I thought I had recently read a mystery by this author, but the one I read was by S.J. Parris, not C.S. Harris!

(Diane) bookchickdi 2/24/15, 7:34 AM  

The Austen angle intrigues me too.

Sarah's Book Shelves 2/24/15, 7:55 AM  

I'm not sure this one is for me, but I hope you enjoy it!

sherry fundin 2/24/15, 8:26 AM  

I'm not a huge historical fan, but I do like murder. I would have to be in the right mood to read this. Thanks for sharing.
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

Catherine BookClubLibrarian 2/24/15, 9:09 AM  

Sounds darkly delightful...I'd keep reading.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/02/first-chapter-first-paragraph-95.html

Kay 2/24/15, 9:51 AM  

OK, first of all, whatever trailer is going on in your sidebar is sorta creepy deluxe. Sorry, it caught my eye.

I would be attracted to the Jane Austen connection as well. And Davina Porter has the best voice. Love her reading to me.

Topazshell 2/24/15, 10:00 AM  

The name Bloody Bridge spooks me. I would try to bypass the bridge. An enemy who reemerges makes for uncomfortable circumstances especially along with unsolved murders.

bermudaonion 2/24/15, 10:05 AM  

That sounds like it would be hard to put down!

grammajudyb 2/24/15, 10:27 AM  

I like historical fiction, but I would need to read the 1st in the series, first. I am weird like that.

JoAnn 2/24/15, 10:35 AM  

Might be a little too gruesome for me, but I hope you like it.

Heidi Gonzalez 2/24/15, 10:46 AM  

Love the description. Here is my TT http://www.readinggrrl.com/2015/02/teaser-tuesday_24.html#comment-form

Literary Feline 2/24/15, 11:16 AM  

I love the London setting and that time period. I have wanted to try this author for awhile now and, based on the intro, would definitely keep reading.

Margot 2/24/15, 12:34 PM  

Oh yes, I want to keep reading this one! It's appealing on many levels.

Cleo Bannister 2/24/15, 1:36 PM  

I'd keep reading as I think this is a great period of history to set the crimes in, one that isn't used too often and yet has plenty of scope. I do hope you are enjoying it? Thanks for visiting my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/teaser-tuesday-february-24/

Zessi [The Book Rogue] 2/24/15, 2:30 PM  

Sounds like a murder mystery, all right. Ceeepy! I really hope you enjoy, since you seem to be a fan of the series. =)
Thanks for stepping by and sharing!

Zed K 2/24/15, 2:32 PM  

Nice description but not sure if I would try this read.

Thanks for visiting my teaser on:
http://welcome-to-zeds-thoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/teaser-tuesday-24th-feb-2015.html

Tribute Books Mama 2/24/15, 3:29 PM  

I would be interested in this one.

Lindsay 2/24/15, 4:50 PM  

Lovely descriptive and atmospheric start, and I like the sound of the Austen link too. Happy reading :)

Nise' 2/24/15, 8:17 PM  

Davina Porter..oh yes, I want to listen now even though it is part of a series.

karen 2/25/15, 12:01 AM  

I've been wanting to read the St Cyr series & now I want to even more!!!

Heather 2/25/15, 12:04 AM  

Another series I need to try some day. Mine: The House of Hades

Belle Wong 2/25/15, 1:38 AM  

I don't normally read historical fiction, but put a mystery in there and I change my mind very quickly! This one sounds good.

Lexxie Lin 2/25/15, 9:29 AM  

This sounds amazing! I love the descriptions, I can almost see the cottages over there :)
I hope you're enjoying Who Buries their Dead.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Daryl 2/25/15, 3:24 PM  

this one, even tho its a series and i promised myself not to start another, is intriguing ... thanks!

Nyze Gremio-Velasco 3/2/15, 9:18 PM  

Oooh. Interesting teaser :) Thanks for sharing!

NYZE@EverythingNyze

kelley jensen 3/3/15, 11:19 AM  

I think there is a good story ahead, a mysterious story. I'd keep reading. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

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