WHY KINGS CONFESS
Harris’ novel shows an intimate knowledge of both the political and social history of Regency England. Her hero cleverly works out the solutions to complicated mysteries; at the same time readers get a glimpse of his personal life, creating a complete and complicated main character. While not all of the historical incidents are true, the author’s notes at the back allow the reader to sort out what is fact and fiction. The history, characters, mystery and atmosphere all draw the reader in and don’t let go.
Dr. Damion Pelletan is found murdered, with his heart cut out next to his injured wife, and Sebastian St. Cyr is brought on to solve the case. Years of war between England and France might stop if a secret delegation from France representing Napoleon, which the dead doctor was part of, can come to a peace arrangement. Could he have been murdered to stop the process? When Sebastian realizes the victim’s injured wife is someone he knew in the past who has a good reason to hate him, he risks everything to protect his pregnant wife and unborn child. (OBSIDIAN, Mar., 352 pp., $24.95)