Book Review for WHY KILL THE INNOCENT by C.S. Harris

Sebastian St. Cyr Series, Book 13
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A historical thriller filled with intrigue, duplicity, and social commentary.

WHY KILL THE INNOCENT is a smart and well crafted mystery. The way the author gives her reader the details of the crime coupled with the historical content and setting are perfectly balanced. From the first chapter, I was instantly brought back to the 1800s even if it were in such a grim way.

Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery)

As many know, I love a good historical fiction novel with a twist. This book gave me just that. It didn't shy away from commenting on how women were treated in society or the way men perceived women at the time. Harris intertwined this element in such a way that it made a point without hitting you over the head with it. In fact, there are many aspects of this book crafted in a way to make the reader think while enjoying the chase of a crime novel.

Since WHY KILL THE INNOCENT is the the thirteenth book in the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series, I was concerned I wouldn't be able to follow some of characters and story. However, I was pleasantly surprised I could jump right in. Of course, I was able to recognize that I didn't know all the back stories of the characters and their relationships, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment at all. I have no doubt I will read another St. Cry mystery. I may even start at book one.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


A brutal murder draws nobleman Sebastian St. Cyr into the tangled web of the British royal court in this gripping historical mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie.

London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice.

Untangling the secrets of Jane's world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death...

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About the Author: C. S. Harris is the national bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series (Where the Dead Lie, When Falcons Fall, Who Buries the Dead, Why Kings Confess, What Darkness Brings); as C. S. Graham, a thriller series coauthored by former intelligence officer Steven Harris; and seven award-winning historical romances written under the name Candice Proctor.

Book Details

Series: Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery (Book 13)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 3, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399585621
ISBN-13: 978-0399585623

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