Why Kill the Innocent
Book Review - Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris
I think everyone can agree that this Spring hasn’t felt much like Spring at all. April “showers” have more often been snow showers than rain. Personally, I’m a Summer girl through and through. Give me hot temps and bright sunshine over snow and rain any time of year. Some people dream of a white Christmas, I sing Mele Kalikimaka. Anyway, because of the unusually cold Spring, I’ve been hanging out indoors by the fireplace, curled up with my dog(s) with, of course, a book in hand.
Most recently, I read Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris. Harris has written dozens of books, but I’m most interested in reading her one non-fiction book about the French Revolution. Why Kill the Innocent is the 8th Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, but the first one I’ve read! The book takes place in London in the year of 1814. Sebastian is an investigator looking into the death of Princess Charlotte’s piano teacher. Sebastian’s wife, Hero, is the one who found the body and could tell right away it was foul play, despite the palace’s insistence that the piano teacher’s death was an accident from slipping on the ice.
I’m beginning to think I enjoy non-fiction slightly more than fiction, because my favorite part of this book was hearing the true story described by the author at the end of the book. I really enjoyed hearing about which real people the characters were based off of and how the events really played out. I was pleasantly surprised that the author largely stuck to the true story and only occasionally took creative liberties to thicken the plot. Most of the characters were accurately portrayed in this book and those that weren’t were based on a collection of real people or stories.
I was also interested to learn about how publishers, printers, and bookstores operated quite differently than they do today. Printers would sell their books with temporary stitching and in plain paper wrappers so that the bookstores or purchasers could bind the books to match their personal libraries. I would love to see a version of this practice come back!