A young woman is raped and murdered not far from Westminster Abbey, and Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is the primary suspect.

Now running for his life, Sebastian uses the skills he honed as an agent during the Napoleonic wars to find the real killer. In the process, he allies himself with a street urchin, a drug-addicted doctor, and actress Kat Boleyn, the woman he once loved.

Together they move from ballrooms to the London slums, gathering clues that lead to a French spy, ruthless powerful men and the Prince Regent. Sebastian then realizes he's stumbled into a mystery that threatens the Crown.

Harris cleverly blends fact and fiction into a haunting debut mystery. Though the Regency backdrop is familiar territory, the suspense and possible ramifications of the murder present a novel slant while introducing a strong new voice to the genre. (Nov., 352 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin