Title: Why Mermaids Sing (Sebastian St. Cyr #3)
Author: C.S. Harris
Provided Synopsis: It’s September 1811, and someone is killing the wealthy young sons of London’s most prominent families. Partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed into their mouths, their bodies are found dumped in public places at dawn. When the grisly remains of Alfred, Lord Stanton’s eldest son are discovered in the Old Palace Yard beside the House of Lords, the local magistrate turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, for help.
Ranging from the gritty world of Thames-side docks to the luxurious drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian finds himself confronting his most puzzling–and disturbing–case yet. With the help of his trusted allies–young servant Tom, Irish doctor Paul Gibson, and his lover Kat Boleyn–Sebastian struggles to decipher a cryptic set of clues that link the scion of a banking family to the son of a humble Kentish vicar. For as one killing follows another, Sebastian discovers he is confronting a murderer with both a method and a purpose to his ritualized killings, and that the key to it all may lie in the enigmatic stanzas of a haunting poem…and in a secret so dangerous that men are willing to sacrifice their own children to keep the truth from becoming known.
Review: Truth be told, I am beginning to feel like a broken record when it comes to my comments about this series. I like this series, I really like series; I spend most of my reviews reiterating this point of view. The crimes are darker and the landscapes of London the reader are exposed to are far grittier than the normal Regency era stories. As a viscount, Sebastian is occasionally present in the ballroom, but he takes more from the explorations of the backstreets to speak and to observe.
As of so far, Why Mermaids Sing has given to life to one of the most gruesome crimes I have ever encountered. Young men have been found drained of blood, with flayed skin, and an object stuck in their mouths around Londontown. The connection among the victims seems to rely on their fathers and a ship voyage from India to home. Details were hard to stomach. The truth of the matter was horrific. I had read the two most recently published books in the series before I began at the beginning, and I believe this book can be the pinpoint of where things grow increasingly darker in mystery and more intriguing in the secrets of Sebastian’s life.
With a good mystery that will always keep you guessing until the end and a strong cast of supporting characters, this is the Regency era mystery series to read.