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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: 550,780 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phoebes_mum on 13 July 2011
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Murder mystery set at a Victorian house party, the second in a series featuring Lady Julia Grey and her `wildly eccentric' family. I enjoyed the first book in the series well enough, but a second outing reveals only too plainly that `wildly eccentric', in this case, is just shorthand for `can't be bothered to research the period'. Also, the hero (half-Romany, half-nobleman, don'tchaknow) broods and smoulders, which is just irritating, although not as irritating as the fact that, as an amateur sleuth, the heroine is simply incompetent. Doesn't that defeat the whole object of being an amateur sleuth?
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Lady Julia Grey, thirty-year old widow and member of the eccentric March family in late Victorian times, is secretly relieved to receive a summons from the Earl, her father, whilst on a six month repairing lease to Italy with two of her brothers. After the traumatic but exciting events following the murder of her late husband, Julia has realised that a life of embroidery and modiste visits is just not enough for her. At least a Christmas spent at the family home of Bellmont Abbey in England will be a riotous one, and it is, just not quite in the way she was expecting! A motley collection, even for the Marches, has gathered at the abbey when the three siblings and two Italians (a young handsome count and a new wife for one brother, Lysander) arrive. And it isn't long before sparks begin to fly, not least between Julia and her former 'partner', the enigmatic private investigator Nicholas Brisbane, who has been invited at her father's behest and to Julia's confusion and irritation, has a totally unsuitable fiancee in tow. Clearly, there is still unfinished business between them. And when a body of one of the guests is found murdered in the chapel, and Julia's recently betrothed flighty cousin is forced to claim right of sanctuary after she's seen leaning over the victim with a bloodied candleabrum in hand, Julia and Brisbane are thrust together again to try to solve the crime before the seasonal snows melt, or the murderer strikes again...

'Silent in the Sanctuary' is my first foray into Deanna Raybourn's tales and despite the length, I will definitely seek out more. It is a really good, well written read, with plenty of twists to satisfy.
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