Well, the day of reckoning for the despicable and detestable Lord Ashworth has arrived. The husband of Sebastian St. Cyr’s niece Stephanie was found brutally murdered in a compromising position at one of the homes he used for his sordid activities. Sebastian is assisting Chief Magistrate Henry Lovejoy in the investigation, as he does when a case involves a member of the aristocracy. With a long list of enemies, including himself, Sebastian, Viscount Devlin hates that his niece is the primary suspect, even in his own opinion. The man who assisted in the numerous murders of poor, young boys several months ago and had a reputation for raping countless women wasn’t mourned by anyone other than his father but his position required that someone be held accountable for his demise. Sebastian didn’t want an innocent to be accused for the sake of expediency.
I have to admit to being excited to see Ashworth finally meet his end. He was an awful man protected by his station so he was never held to account for any of his misdeeds even though no one disputed his culpability. Following Sebastian’s investigation and assembly of clues was incredibly interesting, even the ones that led to red herrings or futility. They all told you something about the people affected by Ashworth and the extent of his misbehavior. I gave up trying to figure out whodunit but in the end, had my initial suspicions (which I dispelled) validated! I was engrossed in this story and it surpassed my expectations. There’s a little bit of everything, from political intrigue to the underbelly of the city, literally. All combined to make this an outstanding story.
Hero St. Cyr’s research also bears mentioning as she interviews the poor, impoverished and invisible citizens of the city who handle jobs that I never imagined but were critical to the city’s infrastructure working. It was a real education about the era, typical of this series but extraordinary in its scope. It loosely connects to the story but it wouldn’t have mattered to me if it didn’t as it was illuminating. This is one of my most favorite stories in the series.
- Release Date: April 2, 2019
- Series: Sebastian St. Cyr #14
- Page Numbers: 349
- Publisher: Berkley