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C.S. Harris

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Biography
Candice Proctor writes the Sebastian St. Cyr regency mystery series under the name C.S. Harris. She also writes a contemporary thriller series under the name C.S. Graham, and historical romances as Candice Proctor. A scholar of the French Revolution and 19th-century Europe, she is the author of Women, Equality, and the French Revolution (Praeger, 1990). From her earliest years, Proctor has lived all over the world, including Spain, France, England, Jordan, and Australia. She has taught classics and worked in business and as an archaeologist. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband, two daughters, and a passel of cats. You may also want to read a “fun” biography of the author on her website.

What she writes: In her early nineteenth-century romantic mystery series, sleuth Sebastian St. Cyr is the dashing, decadent son of a nobleman. Formerly an army intelligence officer, he is haunted by war memories, addicted to danger and alcohol. He has a gift for solving murders. “Think Mr. Darcy with a James Bond edge,” says Proctor. “He is driven by his compassion for the victims and by his conviction that someone has to stand up for the powerless—and stand against the powerful.” In book 4, Where Serpents Sleep, St. Cyr is joined in his investigations by Hero Jarvis, the daughter of his mortal enemy.

 

Sebastian St. Cyr series
  What Angels Fear (2005)
  When Gods Die (2006)
  Why Mermaids Sing (2007)
  Where Serpents Sleep (2008)
  What Remains of Heaven (2009)
  Where Shadows Dance (2011)
  When Maidens Mourn (2012)
  What Darkness Brings (2013)
  Why Kings Confess (2014)
   

Awards

Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery of 2008 for Why Mermaids Sing.

 
What the critics say
"The author deftly combines political intrigue, cleverly concealed clues and vivid characters for a fast-moving story that will have readers eagerly anticipating future volumes in the series." - Publishers Weekly
"Harris knows her English history and has a firm grasp of how a mystery novel is supposed to play out. In this second Sebastian St. Cyr novel, she cleverly pulls the threads of her plot together, ending in a crescendo of suspense and surprise. Fans of historicals, especially those set in Regency-era England, will snap up this triumph." - Library Journal
"Harris' acute characterizations and her facility for portraying the complexities of human emotion are similar to Imogen Robertson's in Anatomy of Murder (2012), while her view of social niceties hiding dark motives conjures Anne Perry." - Booklist
"Harris combines all of the qualities of a solid Regency in the tradition of Georgette Heyer by pairing two strong characters trying to ignore their mutual attraction while solving a crime together. Anyone who likes Amanda Quick and/or is reading the reissued Heyer novels will love this series." - Library Journal

 

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