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What angels fear : a historical mystery
C. S. Harris
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in England in 1811, Harris's riveting debut delivers a powerful blend of political intrigue and suspense. When Sebastian Alistair St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, is accused of the rape and murder of actress Rachel York, mistress to various members of Spencer Perceval's wobbly Tory cabinet, Sebastian goes "on the lam," in the words of young Tom, his adopted companion and faithful servant, and must spend frantic days in clever disguises chasing "across London and back." Uncanny powers of sight and hearing help him to identify several suspects, including Hugh Gordon, Rachel's fellow actor and ex-lover; shadowy French emigre Leo Pierrepoint; and even his own wayward nephew, Bayard Wilcox, who had been stalking the victim for weeks. Also implicated is portrait painter Giorgio Donatelli, for whom Rachel often posed nude, whose current patron, Lord Fairchild, is expected to be the next prime minister. Waiting in the wings to rule over this gathering chaos is dissolute Prince George (aka Prinny), soon to become regent for his incompetent father, George III. Backed by a blurb from Stephanie Barron, this fresh, fast-paced historical is sure to be a hit. Agent, Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Library. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Starred Review. In Regency London (circa 1811), Sebastian St. Cyr, the youngest but only surviving son of an earl, stands accused of brutally raping and murdering a young actress. Then, as he's led away by police, an accidental knifing is also attributed to him. Sebastian runs, bent on finding the real murderer and clearing his own name. Using his skills as an ex-army intelligence officer, he attempts to get to the bottom of what may be a plot by Whigs to gain control of the government before the Tory prince becomes regent. Appealing characters, authentic historical details, and sound plotting make this an amazing debut historical. Highly recommended for all collections. A scholar of the French Revolution and 19th-century Europe, Harris is also the author of Women, Equality, and the French Revolution under the name Candice E. Proctor. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/05.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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