(From the publisher):
It's September 1811, and someone is slaying the wealthy young sons of some of London's most prominent families. Partially butchered, with strange objects stuffed in their mouths, the bodies are found dumped in public places at dawn. When the grisly remains of the eldest son of Alfred, Lord Stanton, are discovered in the Old Palace Yard beside the House of Lords, local magistrate Sir Henry Lovejoy turns to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Delvin, for help.
Ranging from the gritty world of London's docks to the luxurious drawing rooms of Mayfair, Sebastian confronts his more puzzling - and disturbing - case yet. With the help of his trusted allies - his young servant Tom, the Irish doctor Paul Gibson, and his lover, Kat Boleyn - Sebastian struggles to decipher a cryptic set of clues that links the scion of a banking family and a lord's heir to the son of a humble Kentish vicar. For as one death follows another, Sebastian starts to believe that the murderer has both a method and a purpose to his ritualized killings, and that the key to it all may lie in the enigmatic stanzas of a haunting poem... and in a secret so dangerous that men are willing to sacrifice their own children to keep the truth from becoming known.
Original title: Why Mermaids Sing
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles