Hello Gemmies! I have a new spoiler free book review to share with you today. Please note: I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review.
Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S Harris is a murder mystery and the fifteenth book in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. This is the first book I have read in this series. It is not necessary to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this novel, but I would recommend reading them in order to have a better appreciation of the continuing plot developments in Sebastian's personal life. But I cannot stress enough, do not let that stop you from reading this gem! I love historical mysteries and this book is full of political intrigue, murder, mystery, and 1800's London society drama.
C.S. Harris does a brilliant job with building a lush version of 1800's London. I loved the attention to detail, from the clothing, dialogue, society life, and mannerisms. The combination of all of these components make the story even more compelling. Who Speaks for the Damned is a full immersive experience. You really feel like you are right in the middle of 1800's London. In this latest installment, we follow lead character, Sebastian as he investigates the murder of an acquaintance of his valet, Jules Calhoun. You immediately get pulled into the mysterious murder and feel for little Ji who is left behind. In addition to the mystery and misdirection, I love that C.S. Harris does not shy away from tackling tough issues like the adversity faced by the poor, opium smuggling, and corruption.
C.S Harris weaves an extremely intricate tale full of danger, excitement, and intrigue. Who Speaks for the Damned was a fast paced enjoyable read. It will appeal to mystery and historical fiction fans alike. Published by Berkley Books, this gem is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Who Speaks for the Damned 4 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in this series! Happy Reading!