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  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (21 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778312372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778312376
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sixth-generation native Texan, Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in English and History and an emphasis on Shakespearean Studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist.

Fourteen years later, she signed a three-book deal with MIRA Books. "Sex, lies and awesome clothing descriptions" is how one reader has described Deanna`s debut novel, Silent in the Grave, published in December 2007. The first in the Silent series, the book follows Lady Julia Grey as she investigates the mysterious death of her husband with the help of enigmatic private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane. From the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to a Gypsy camp on Hampstead Heath, Silent in the Grave deftly captures the lush ambience of Victorian London.

The series continues with the second book, Silent in the Sanctuary (December 2008), a classic English country house murder mystery with a few twists and turns for Brisbane and Lady Julia along the way.

Deanna lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 400 Publisher: Mira Partners now in marriage and in TRADE Lady Julia and Nicholas isbane have finally returned AOAD from FROM to set up housekeeping in London But merging their respective collections of gadgets. PETS AND servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves. let alone isbane's private enquiry business. Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper other. Lord Bellmont. who swears isbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved-if eccentric-family. spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation. It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club. where the alluring Madame Sraphine holds evening sances ... and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds. whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust. Sho...

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Okay, I must confess that the mystery in this storyline didn't speak to my soul in the way some of the mysteries have in the past. Julia's oldest brother, Bellmont - he of the corn cob stuck tight in his behind - has, horror of horrors, committed an indiscretion. The judgmental part of me wants to say, "It couldn't have happened to a worthier person" but the nice part of me does feel for his wife and family - for any emotional, personal or social fall out as it pertains to them. For Bellmont, I have little sympathy.

For crying out loud, when he goes down, he chooses the strangest manner in which to fall. He's gotten himself involved with a spiritualist of all people - Madame Seraphine, who holds seances. She's in it for what? That is the question that must be answered once she's knocked off at the beginning of the book. In order to protect Bellmont, solve the mystery and figure out what the mystery behind the mystery is, Julia involves herself in ways that nearly drives Brisbane crazy at long last. Honestly, at one point, I was concerned, he was going to smack her. But... the author is way too smart to allow our handsome hero to abuse a woman. Still, if any woman could drive her husband to that point, Lady Julia comes close.

Part of this story is really dumb, in that Lady Julia confesses to doing some of the outlandish stuff she does to "protect" Brisbane? He's taken it upon himself to make sure she is trained in the Enquiry Business, but he's spent his life doing this work and she needs to realize she's never going to be his equal. Oh well, the story does have some very intriguing characters. We meet a Morgan Fielding who has played an important part in someone's life, but I won't ruin that part for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spud on 26 Oct. 2011
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I love the whole series of these (though I am finding it hard to get hold of the 'Dark road to Darjeeling', disaster!). I enjoyed this one very much indeed, though I felt that it does improve upon a second reading, I suppose because you understand better all the nuances that you might have missed the first time. Perhaps the considerable focus on Nicholas and Julia's attempt to settle into their married life means that the other characters are not quite so well developed as usual but it is still a very brilliant and absorbing read with an excellent, twisty plot. Definitely destined to become another treasured favourite. The only problem is that I never know quite what to do with myself once I have got to the end of any of these books- everything else seems vaguely unsatisfactory!
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I look forward to each new book in the series - it's definitely worth reading them all from the beginning to understand some of the nuances. I think the siblings could have played a bigger role in this, as they always provide some light relief, but otherwise, a good story. The mystery, as ever, is well thought through, and it is hard to guess how it will all end. Great read.
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