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

Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr, #13)

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 th...

Details Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr, #13)

TitleWhy Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr, #13)
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr, #13)

  • Chris Carroll
    Great story loaded with history and mystery! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This book has been an experience. I’ve read a lot of historical books in my time but I have to say the detail and the authenticity of this story added so much to the underlying theme.One of the things I got me worried was the fact that I had never read any of the series. This was my first book and was missing the intimate knowledge of the main characters, Sebastian and Hero. W...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #13Publication Date: 4/3/18I anxiously await each new release in this series and can hardly wait to start reading. Then, I am bereft when it ends. I always think that I’ll pace myself, read slower, enjoy longer, but, I always find myself flying through because I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book falls right into that mold. I really wish this author could write as quickly as I read! I love the characters,...
  • Caz
    Breathtaking.Review to follow at AAR nearer release date.
  • Ashley
    I absolutely love this series. However, this particular book fell a little flat for me. There were a lot of characters running all over the place and pointing fingers without a lot of substance to it. In most of the other books there is a lot of character development with Sebastian and Hero, either together or independently of each other, and I felt like that was missing from this book. As always, more hints into future plots with Sebastian’s f...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    I have to start by saying I was disappointed in Why Kill the Innocent. This is one of my favorite mystery series and I have never missed any. In fact I have read then all in order. So to start this is a nice mystery and we get to watch Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero work to solve the murder of Jane Ambrose, a murder that the crown wants swept under the table. A lot of the actual history of the period is used to solve the mu...
  • Make Kay
    Harris explores the many social injustices of the time, including income inequality, oppression of women, and corrupt monarchy. All while giving us a compelling mystery deftly set in a fantastic historical setting. Brava!!
  • Sheena
    I am a huge C.S. Harris fan. I love this series. A little mystery, a little intrigue, a little romance. These books have it all. What I really liked about this book was the author touched on some of the societal issues of the time. The lack of rights for women and the societal belief that women should give up everything once they were married are prevalent in this book and add depth to the story. Very well done. I can't wait to read more.
  • Mskychick
    I received an ARC of WHY KILL THE INNOCENT through the Goodreads Book Giveaway program. I am an avid C.S. Harris fan. Her books are extremely well written. Meticulously researched and insightful, the words ringing off the pages. I love the way she writes- WHY KILL THE INNOCENT (as all her other St. Cyr books) contains beautiful prose! I even got a few new vocabulary words from this book. As someone who has a huge vocabulary, I love it when a book...
  • Caitlin
    Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own.I read the first two books of this series, then lost interest, but decided to try this later book. I'm pleased to say they improved over time. The character development over the subsequent books is summed up in bits and pieces, well enough to keep reading, without being an info dump. It all starts with the murder (or manslaughter) of princess Charlotte's piano teacher. The governmen...
  • Amanda
    *Advanced copy provided by Netgalley* Another excellent installment in the Sebastian St Cyr series! Instead of going stale, this series keeps on getting better. The intersection of real historical events such as the controversy over Princess Charlotte's betrothal and the impressment gangs was fascinating. She was a figure that I wouldn't mind seeing more in future novels. Hero has always been my favorite character due to her strength and smarts a...
  • Robin Brock
    OK, I am seriously in love with this series! This latest entry just reminded me how much. The plot was absorbing, the historical details spot-on...this author continues to amaze me. I think the true test of a good book is its ability to be played out vividly in your mind like a movie. This series does that. I ❤ these characters! I cannot recommend this series highly enough...all the ⭐s!!! If you try it, please start at the beginning, get to k...
  • Celine
    4.5 stars, I received an arc of this book through Penguin's First to Read program.It takes a lot of skill to have a thirteenth book in the series still feel fresh and interesting. Luckily Harris seems to have this skill. I love the characters she's created and the way they continue to evolve. Her knowledge and use of actual historical events is what always makes her books stand apart from the others. I loved how this one felt so relevant to today...
  • Joseph Dubey
    A murder mystery set in London in 1814 during the Great Fog. The dead body of a young musician is tripped over by Hero. Hero just happens to knows that the woman is a piano teacher for Princess Charlotte. While Sebastian and Hero are trying to solve this murder, other murders start happening. Overall pretty good. Find out who murdered whom on your own.
  • Jennifer
    During the extremely cold winter of 1814, Hero, the wife of Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, literally stumbles over the dead body of a woman with whom she is acquainted....the piano teacher of Princess Charlotte. The woman, Jane Ambrose, has died of a head injury, and the lack of blood at the scene means she died elsewhere and was moved to the place she was found. Because of her connection with the princess, the death is treated as accidental...
  • Debbie
    "Why Kill the Innocent" is a mystery set in January 1814 in London (during a bad winter storm and then a Frost Fair). This book is the 13th in a series, but you can understand it without having read the previous novels. This novel did not spoil the mysteries from the previous books.The characters were complex, interesting, and acted in realistic ways. Both Hero and Sebastian were deeply involved in the investigation. As usual, several social issu...
  • Jessica Howard
    I've always loved the personal lives of the characters in this series, even though often the mysteries themselves are sometimes fairly meh. But this one had awesome personal stuff going on, AND a great mystery. Win win.
  • harplady
    I love historical fiction, and this book did not disappoint! What an amazing author, to be able to weave so much true history in a wonderful story. Being an American my English monarchy history and customs is sketchy at best, and I had no idea of the machinations and assassinations that actually took place in all aspects of the monarchy. I've always loved the Charles Todd series and the Anne Perry series, but I had not read a book from this early...
  • Jeannette Silhavy
    I would like to thank NetGalley for my ARC. I love this series and the latest installment didn't disappoint. The 13 book in this series is as good as the first one. I love the characters In these books and the historical facts that are interwoven. We are in the Year 1814, right after the Great Fog that smothered London from December to January. The fog was followed by weeks of freezing temperatures that killed many of London's poorest. Hero stumb...
  • Argum
    Sebastian is back and Hero has once again found a cause and a body. This time Hero and Alexei are out visiting women impacted by the military practice of impressment aka government kidnapping men into service as cannon fodder. Hero literally trips over a body and its one she knows. The Princess Charlotte aka the heir before Victoria is the connection - the dead woman was the royal piano teacher so of course the death is written off as an accident...
  • Laura Knopp bonnell
    I won a contest here on good reads and was given a copy by Berkeley Publishing. Great, solid addition to the series. C.S. Harris is one of the best writers out there. As always, the historical facts are spot on. In my opinion, this one was a little darker than the preceding books. The characters are so well written. This is not one I would recommend without reading the rest of the series. Too much back story would be lost. I love this series and ...
  • Shirley
    I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. Hero literally trips over a body and its one she knows. The dead woman was the royal piano teacher so of course the death is written off as an accident except to Sebastian. Lots of drama surrounds this poor woman and they must sort through it all. SOme but not a lot of personal developments for long time readers
  • Sammie
    Disclaimer: I received a free eARC copy of this from Penguin Random House First To Read in exchange for an honest review.One-Line Summary:When a piano teacher is found dead, Sebastian St. Cyr has to decide if it was manslaughter or murder while being swept up into a deadly and dangerous plot that threatens not only his life but the stability of England.Summary:When Hero Devlin first stumbles over the body of Jane Ambrose, her death appears to hav...
  • Emilie
    I have read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. So was very interested to read this book and see what the hero has been up to and how he would solve this mystery. I found myself a little disappointed, however.The mystery involved quite a bit of politics which at times could get a little confusing. There were a lot of lords and newspaper journalists and Whigs and governesses and I had a hard time keeping everyone straight. Some of...
  • Lisa
    If you like historical fiction mixed with a murder mystery mixed with strong female characters mixed with questioning social norms, then this book is for you. For me, is a “3” Star. I’ll start with the bad, then end on the good. Why Kill the Innocent started out with a bang, then fizzled midway. This is the second mystery I attempted to read, and find myself not liking the genre. I get bored, honestly. Had it not been for First to Read, I l...
  • Deb
    3.5. Thank you for the ARC from First To Read and Penguin Random House. Why Kill the Innocent is part of a series that I haven’t read before. For me this was an average historical mystery. I certainly enjoyed it but I found it a bit scattered and repetitious. It did ask one question that I’ll forever wonder about - how many great artists, playwrights, musicians, etc were simply lost to us because they were women. Very sad to think about......
  • Joseph
    An interesting work of historical fiction/mystery. Good characters, both real and fictional set in a mystery based on real events.
  • Marlene
    Full review to come...
  • Dr G
    A very interesting and intriguing story line and plot. Will be returning to read others in series!