Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr, #12) A dead body. Who cares, it’s only a street kid.
Lots of dead bodies. Ick, but still, street kids. Who even cares?
Sebastian’s sister actually berates him for ‘lowering himself’ to look into these dead bodies.

C S Harris invokes some of my favorite tropes:
* We know who did it but the law can’t do anything, so the villains will be around to plague us next book. (see also, many of Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak books)
* Adult finds out he was adopted/illegitimate, has confused feelings about the man he called ‘daddy’ and comes to terms with it. (see also, many of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series)
* We know who did it, but wait, he can’t have done it because alibi! But spoiler spoiler spoiler, yay!
* The historical info-dump at the end isn’t a trope, but I can’t possibly be the only one who reads it first 🙂

Also my least favorite trope:
* -We- know the Evil Dude ™ is an Evil Dude ™, but we must not tell the Delicate Lady ™ he is dating, because she is a Delicate Lady ™!
* Delicate Lady ™ is a foolish and headstrong girl who does not make good decisions about who to marry- possibly because of her lack of information?
* Delicate Lady ™ knows perfectly well that Evil Dude ™ is Evil, but what to do, the way she knows is that he behaved Evilly, and now she has to get married before she pops.

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