Monday, April 9, 2018

REVIEW of Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr #13) by C.S. Harris

Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Berkley

In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Where the Dead Lie, a brutal murder draws Sebastian St. Cyr into the web of the royal court, where intrigue abounds and betrayal awaits.

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 . . . 

My Thoughts…

I was intrigued by the idea that a book was written about a piano teacher to the rich being found killed on the street during a snow storm.     There had to be more, some twists and turns, some additional storylines but there wasn’t.   Oh, there were a few twists that I didn’t see coming but for the most part the story was only about a piano teacher being murdered and following Sebastian St. Cyr work to solve it.    It just seemed that the story went in circles.    The same characters telling their story, adding more to the story each time they are asked about it.    Each character has an excuse as to why they didn’t tell their story the other times they were asked but it just seemed weird.    

I had a hard time following who all the characters are, how they are related, and why they are relevant to the murder of Jane Ambrose.  This is the first book in this series, the Sebastian St. Cyr,  of 13 books that I have read and maybe that added to my confusion.    Possibly the back stories of the characters would clear up who everyone was and how they were involved in Jane Ambrose’s murder.   

There is more to come in this series and I would consider reading another in hopes of better understanding the story.    
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