I have read all the books in C.S. Harris' series and while this wasn't a favourite, I enjoyed it very much. Harris' grasp of the darker side of Regency London is wonderful. Her character's too are fabulous. The hero, Sebastian St. Cyr is cleverly crafted as are her mysteries. This one was quite complicated, but not nearly as much as the diplomatic maneuverings of the summer of 1812 as the author points out in her Author's note. I would have liked more of Sebastian and Hero together, but the ending was lovely. Harris does great murder and when required, has a delicate touch.