Based on the actual Ratcliff Highway Murders, Harris presents another possibility to the gruesome murders that took place in 1811, and as usual, the blend of fact and fiction is practically seamless as Harris' research is impeccable.
I look forward to each new Sebastian St. Cyr book. The author's knowledge and examination of the political and social norms of the time, combined with her intriguing characters, result in great mysteries and an image of the Regency period that feels genuine.
My favorite character is Hero, partly because of personality and partly because she always gives insight into the culture of the poor. A quiet character, Hero is also a determined woman who writes social articles about the lower levels of society, the impoverished, ill-treated, and forgotten men, women, and children of the period. Sebastian pursues justice in his way, and Hero seeks justice in her own dedicated way. Sebastian carries most of the novel, but Hero's involvement provides the support needed.
Read in Feb.; blog review scheduled for March 29.
Historical Mysteries. April 6, 2021. Print length: 336 pages.