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Who Buries the Dead

C. S. Harris

The grisly murder of a West Indies slave owner and the reappearance of a dangerous enemy from Sebastian St. Cyr’s past combine to put C. S. Harris’s “troubled but compelling antihero” (Booklist) to the ultimate test in this taut, thrilling mystery. London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim’s kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian’s powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends. Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill to the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects who range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything—and everyone—Sebastian holds most dear.

The grisly murder of a West Indies slave owner and the reappearance of a dangerous enemy from Sebastian St. Cyr’s past combine to put C. S. Harris’s “troubled but compelling antihero” (Booklist) to the ultimate test in this taut, thrilling mystery. London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim’s kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian’s powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends. Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill to the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects who range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything—and everyone—Sebastian holds most dear.
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The grisly murder of a West Indies slave owner and the reappearance of a dangerous enemy from Sebastian St. Cyr’s past combine to put C. S. Harris’s “troubled but compelling antihero” (Booklist) to the ultimate test in this taut, thrilling mystery. London, 1813. The vicious decapitation of Stanley Preston, a wealthy, socially ambitious plantation owner, at Bloody Bridge draws Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, into a macabre and increasingly perilous investigation. The discovery near the body of an aged lead coffin strap bearing the inscription King Charles, 1648 suggests a link between this killing and the beheading of the deposed seventeenth-century Stuart monarch. Equally troubling, the victim’s kinship to the current Home Secretary draws the notice of Sebastian’s powerful father-in-law, Lord Jarvis, who will exploit any means to pursue his own clandestine ends. Working in concert with his fiercely independent wife, Hero, Sebastian finds his inquiries taking him from the wretched back alleys of Fish Street Hill to the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair as he amasses a list of suspects who range from an eccentric Chelsea curiosity collector to the brother of an unassuming but brilliantly observant spinster named Jane Austen. But as one brutal murder follows another, it is the connection between the victims and ruthless former army officer Sinclair, Lord Oliphant, that dramatically raises the stakes. Once, Oliphant nearly destroyed Sebastian in a horrific wartime act of carnage and betrayal. Now the vindictive former colonel might well pose a threat not only to Sebastian but to everything—and everyone—Sebastian holds most dear.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Davina Porter

Length:

10h 33m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:27


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:35


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

15:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

13:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

11:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

10:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

11:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

11:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

12:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

12:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

12:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:30