London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose’s ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panic the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero refuse to allow Jane’s murderer to escape justice.
Untangling the secrets of Jane’s world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death (From Goodreads)
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I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.
I loved this book, at first I wasn’t sure that I would, but my mind was quickly changed. What makes this book even better is that it is based on real moments in history, it features real people, and some of them were so unsavory. If you do read this book, I would suggest reading the Authors Note when you’ve finished. It’s fascinating. The grandfather of Marie Shelley (author) and Earl Grey (the tea) are mentioned in here, so its fascinating to learn some back history to them.
I loved Sebastian and Hero, they were my favorite characters, They never gave up, they kept pushing through, and they didn’t care who the investigation brought down, they were on a quest for justice. Harris is an incredible story-teller, this book was so detailed and visual that I had no trouble envisioning walking down the slushy streets of London, seeing The Frost Fair, or even just simply seeing the characters in my head.
A lot of corruption, greed, and lying occurs in this book, and it was so multi faceted, it didn’t stop at the murder of Jane Ambrose. There was mention of the Day the tents and people were lost due to the ice breaking at the last known Frost Fair, the Napoleon War, the poor men stolen off the streets to fight in the war, their wives and children left behind to starve and die. This book was heavy, intense, and very emotional to read at parts.
If you are a Historical Fiction reader, I would highly suggest this book. I always forget how much I love Historical Fiction until I pick up a book like this one, and than I am reminded.