What the Devil Knows
by Harris, C. S.






Investigating the suspicious murder of a lead investigator, Sebastian St. Cyr uncovers clues that suggest that the wrong man was arrested for a serial murder case three years earlier. By the award-winning author of Who Speaks for the Damned.





C. S. Harris is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Sebastian St. Cyr mystery series; 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.





The Ratcliffe Highway murders terrorized London in 1811, until the main suspect committed suicide in prison, a sure sign of his guilt. Which makes the grisly murder of a magistrate in 1814 even more alarming, suggesting that a copycat is on the loose-or the original killer was never caught. Sebastian St. Cyr is called in to help solve the case, but every thread he untangles just leads to more knots. And then the killer strikes another magistrate. Both victims demanded graft from the pub owners in their districts, but as the body count rises, the connection between murders becomes even more muddied. The sixteenth in Harris' historical-mystery series, following Who Speaks for the Damned (2020), may be the most complicated installment yet, including the upheaval in St. Cyr's personal life when his father-in-law, cousin to the Prince Regent, gets engaged to a woman as conniving as he is. As readers try to guess the identity of the killer, they will enjoy the ride through the many levels of Regency English society this case involves. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





The Ratcliffe Highway murders terrorized London in 1811, until the main suspect committed suicide in prison, a sure sign of his guilt. Which makes the grisly murder of a magistrate in 1814 even more alarming, suggesting that a copycat is on the loose-or the original killer was never caught. Sebastian St. Cyr is called in to help solve the case, but every thread he untangles just leads to more knots. And then the killer strikes another magistrate. Both victims demanded graft from the pub owners in their districts, but as the body count rises, the connection between murders becomes even more muddied. The sixteenth in Harris' historical-mystery series, following Who Speaks for the Damned (2020), may be the most complicated installment yet, including the upheaval in St. Cyr's personal life when his father-in-law, cousin to the Prince Regent, gets engaged to a woman as conniving as he is. As readers try to guess the identity of the killer, they will enjoy the ride through the many levels of Regency English society this case involves. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





An aristocrat investigates a murder at the opposite end of British society. Bow Street Magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy asks Sebastian St. Cyr and his wife, Hero, no strangers to murder, for help in a dangerous and politically sensitive case: the murder of Magistrate Sir Edwin Pym. Three years after the notorious 1811 Ratcliffe Highway killings, Pym has been brutally murdered in the same way, his head bashed in and his throat cut. Although a suspect to the earlier killings was duly arrested and hanged himself in prison, this latest outrage indicates that either the authorities had the wrong man or there's a copycat at work. Sebastianā?"who's the son-in-law of the powerful Lord Jarvis and heir to a dukedom despite not being the natural son of the dukeā?"doesn't know who his real father is and is desperate to track down the mother who deserted him, recently spotted on the continent. When more killings follow, Sebastian seeks and finds connections between sailors and the owners of public houses in the rough area near the docks. He's shocked by the depth of depravity the wealthy will sink to in order to enhance their fortunes. Convinced that the suspect who killed himself was innocent, he labors to connect the murders, many of which may have been committed to cover up the original crimes, searching for a motive while narrowly escaping several attempts on his own life. An intricate puzzle, based on a series of real-life murders, that indicts social injustices that continue to this day. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





An aristocrat investigates a murder at the opposite end of British society. Bow Street Magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy asks Sebastian St. Cyr and his wife, Hero, no strangers to murder, for help in a dangerous and politically sensitive case: the murder of Magistrate Sir Edwin Pym. Three years after the notorious 1811 Ratcliffe Highway killings, Pym has been brutally murdered in the same way, his head bashed in and his throat cut. Although a suspect to the earlier killings was duly arrested and hanged himself in prison, this latest outrage indicates that either the authorities had the wrong man or there's a copycat at work. Sebastianā?"who's the son-in-law of the powerful Lord Jarvis and heir to a dukedom despite not being the natural son of the dukeā?"doesn't know who his real father is and is desperate to track down the mother who deserted him, recently spotted on the continent. When more killings follow, Sebastian seeks and finds connections between sailors and the owners of public houses in the rough area near the docks. He's shocked by the depth of depravity the wealthy will sink to in order to enhance their fortunes. Convinced that the suspect who killed himself was innocent, he labors to connect the murders, many of which may have been committed to cover up the original crimes, searching for a motive while narrowly escaping several attempts on his own life. An intricate puzzle, based on a series of real-life murders, that indicts social injustices that continue to this day. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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