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Silent in the Sanctuary Paperback – 1 Jan 2008


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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778324923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324928
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 724,059 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.

Read Deanna's blog:
http://deannaraybourn.typepad.com

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"Mesmerizing and atmospheric, Silent in the Sanctuary is a beautifully written period piece mystery." - www.mysterybooks.com "A delightfully odd collection of characters and deft period details produce a rich and funny read." - Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

With degrees in English and History and a particular love of Regency and Victorian times, Deanna Raybourn is a committed anglophile, who, at her husband's insistence, gave up teaching to devote her energies to writing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb 2008
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Having read the brilliant `Silent in the Grave' and seeing that `Silent in the Sanctuary' isn't due out in the UK until January 2009, I decided to order the American edition. I wasn't disappointed! This novel is just as good as the first, if not even better. Lady Julia Grey has returns the England for Christmas having spent several months in Italy with her brothers. Julia is expecting to spend a quiet month with her family, at her childhood home, for Christmas. However, a dead body and a confession from a member of her own family mean she doesn't get what she is expecting! Nicolas Brisbane is also present for the celebrations and there is a great amount of sexual tension between him and Julia.

As with the first book, this is a fantastic novel; the characters are interesting and three dimensional; the pace never wavers; and the murder has a real motive that is worth discovering. Unlike many similar novels, this one doesn't peter out towards the end. You can read this without having read the first novel, but it might be better to start at the beginning.

The whole novel looks at polite Victorian society and the scandal that is bubbling just below the surface, and it manages to do it with a feisty heroine and a sense of humour!

Highly recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Williams on 30 Aug 2008
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I actually preferred this to the first book. In this one, Lady Julia Grey seems a lot more at home (literally) and a bit more "sorted". Obviously in the first book she has to contend with the death of her husband (not really a spoiler as that occurs - and is described brilliantly - right at the start). That death is resolved (ahem) satisfactorily by the end of the first novel and she has clearly moved on since. In this novel she is growing into herself and that gives her a more confident voice. It also leads to some extremely funny asides, especially on the subject of the virtues of a good servant. Overall it is an excellent story with an unforgettable heroine and an equally distinguished hero - or anti-hero, depending on how you look at it. The third novel in the series is out next year and I am certainly looking forward to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2009
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This is the second Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane novel by Deanna Raybourn, if you have not read the first then do so, though this book will fill in some of the background story you will not get the full picture of their relationship and all its underlying currents.

Lady Julia is recovering from her ordeal in the previous book in Italy with two of her brothers Plum and Ly, but their father wants them all back home for Christmas, and for Ly to bring his new Italian bride with him. They come home bringing with them Alessandro, a friend from Italy who harbours a secret passion for Lady Julia to their country pile Bellmont Abbey or March Manor, where they are greeted by many members of their rather funny and eccentric family as well as a surprise or two and the mysterious Lord Wargrave. But is he mysterious or does Lady Julia already know him?

What then transpires is something which brings all great detective novels together - a murder. Who has committed this murder and why? And why has one of the house guests and cousin of sorts to Lady Julia claimed sanctuary in the chapel attached to the abbey? Did they really commit the murder or are they protecting someone.

Brisbane investigates with some help from Lady Julia, who whilst helping in one investigation ends up causing friction in another - the real reason that Brisbane has descended on Bellmot Abbey. Everyone is under suspicion and as the snow closes any access in or out of the murder, items go missing and the body of the victim is stored (and a post mortem carried out) in the game larder. It rather puts some of the guests (and the cook) of the food!
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By R. E. Quinn VINE VOICE on 13 April 2009
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"There's a dead man stinking in the game larder. I hardly think a few missing pearls will be the ruin of this house party"

Once more Deanna Raybourn has given us another great line to catch our attention for another adventure with Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane.

On this occasion many months have passed since their previous adventures investigating the death of Lady Julia's husband and Julia has been in Italy visiting two of her brothers when they are all summoned home for Christmas by their father the Earl.

On arriving at the Abbey, the March ancestral home which is a giant medieval abbey that the family has inhabited for hundreds of years, she finds in residence not only her father and favourite sister but also some cousins, one of whom is getting married in the Abbey chapel and so has with her also her fiancée and his secretary/man of business but also Nicholas Brisbane and his fiancée!!

Julia over comes her shock at this turn of events and resolves to let him know she doesn't care.

When a man dies and the Abbey is cut off by a snowstorm then it falls to Julia and Brisbane to try and sort out the tangled threads of the mystery, who is lying, who had a motive and then when Julia's heirloom jewels The Grey Pearls are stolen as well things become even more involved.

The duo try to solve the case before the snow melts and the authorities can arrive and the truth about the various guests is revealed and once more Julia and Brisbane are thrown together and their attraction is still alive and kicking.

The author is developing a nice series of mystery stories featuring two well drawn and interesting characters with a great supporting cast behind them, even the animals have great characters. Again well worth the read.
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