Title Profile & Character Information

What Darkness Brings

Annotation
The death of a notorious London diamond merchant draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his new wife Hero into a sordid world of greed, desperation, and the occult, when the husband of Sebastian's former lover Kat Boleyn is accused of the murder.

Regency England, September 1812: After a long night spent dealing with the tragic death of a former military comrade, a heart-sick Sebastian learns of a new calamity: Russell Yates, the dashing, one-time privateer who married Kat a year ago, has been found standing over the corpse of Benjamin Eisler, a wealthy gem dealer. Yates insists he is innocent, but he will surely hang unless Sebastian can unmask the real killer.

For the sake of Kat, the woman he once loved and lost, Sebastian plunges into a treacherous circle of intrigue. Although Eisler's clients included the Prince Regent and the Emperor Napoleon, he was a despicable man with many enemies and a number of dangerous, well-kept secrets--including a passion for arcane texts and black magic. Central to the case is a magnificent blue diamond, believed to have once formed part of the French crown jewels, which disappeared on the night of Eisler's death. As Sebastian traces the diamond's ownership, he uncovers links that implicate an eccentric, powerful financier named Hope and stretch back into the darkest days of the French Revolution.

When the killer grows ever more desperate and vicious, Sebastian finds his new marriage to Hero tested by the shadows of his first love, especially when he begins to suspect that Kat is keeping secrets of her own. And as matters rise to a crisis, Sebastian must face a bitter truth--that he has been less than open with the fearless woman who is now his wife.



Characters
NameSt. Cyr, Sebastian
GenderMale
OccupationPrivate investigator
TraitsNobleman
Married
Expectant father

GenreFiction
Historical
Mystery
    --Detective, Private
    --British
Suspense
TopicsDiamonds
Murder investigations
Greed
Past loves
False accusations
Black magic
Occultism
Missing jewels
Financiers
Secrets
SettingEngland


Series
  Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries
1What angels fear
2When gods die
3Why mermaids sing
4Where serpents sleep
5What remains of Heaven
6Where shadows dance
7When maidens mourn
8What darkness brings
9Why kings confess
10Who buries the dead