Author: C.S. Harris
Provided Synopsis: London 1812. When the controversial reform-minded Bishop of London is found bludgeoned to death in an ancient crypt beside the corpse of an unidentified man murdered decades before, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, reluctantly agrees to investigate. As his search for the killer leads him from the back alleys of Smithfield to the power corridors of Whitehall, Sebastian must confront the well-guarded secrets of his own family’s past–and a devastating truth that could ultimately force him to question who–and what–he really is.
Review: As usual, the mystery Sebastian St. Cyr must unravel in What Remains of Heaven is well-done. However, the real intrigue of this installment of the series, from my perspective, comes from what is further learned about the secrets in Sebastian’s family.
Lie after lie has continued to pile up for the near-thirty years of the Viscount’s life, but he has begun to peel away at the veneer that has always been heavily placed over the surface. Now his relationships with those closest to him make sense, as do the memories he has retained since childhood. The mysteries will always be a heavy draw for this series, yet I would argue that the main interest in myself as a reader relies on the man at the heart of every investigation.
Beyond matters within the St. Cyr family, the previous book had begun to show the sparks of chemistry and the potential of a partnership between Sebastian and Hero Jarvis, and their relationship must come to a head sooner or later with the repercussions of their actions. This is the fifth book in the series and it still feels as if there are so many different avenues to explore when it comes to Sebastian’s personal life. If the series can continue in this vein then it is unlikely it will ever grow stale, which should come as a comfort to the readers.