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Silent on the Moor (Mira) Paperback – 1 Jul 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First edition edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778303047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778303046
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A sassy heroine and a masterful, secretive hero. Fans of romantic mystery could ask no more - except the promised sequel.' --Kirkus

'This is a Victorian crime caper with cracking one-liners and sharp wit to spare.' --Scott Pack

'A delightfully odd collection of characters and deft period details produce a rich and funny read.' --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major 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. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.


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When I read the first in this series, I didn't think it could be improved on--I just enjoyed all the characters immensely and was enthralled by the author's voice. Two books later and I'm happily amazed. While not quite a clear cut who-dunnit like the other books, in my opinion Silent on the Moor surpassed the others in the development of the relationships between characters. The Yorkshire setting is an excellently atmospheric background for Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane's relationship. The mystery uncovered is pretty haunting and not a little creepy as well. It's a wonderful read. You won't be disappointed in this as a sequel. I just hope there's more to come!!
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By Jo D'Arcy VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2010
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This is the third in the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries certainly better than the second and probably as good as the first, Deanna Raybourn has found her way with this character as well as other supporting characters.

Lady Julia Grey along with her sister Portia decide to go and stay with Nicholas Brisbane, the man that Lady Julia met whilst stood over her husband's dead body (see Silent in the Grave). His new property is in Yorkshire and there is something not quite right about it and the remaining residents the Allenby's who are intrinsically connected to the house and somehow to Brisbane. Lady Allenby is widowed and only has her two daughters Hilda and Ailith Allenby for company within the house, her son Redwall died after returning from Egypt after being exposed in Egyptology circles and ruining his reputation. However Redwall's fascination with Egyptology leads Lady Julia to start cataloguing his treasures from Egypt to keep her mind off the annoyance in her life that is Brisbane. This cataloguing leads to the opening up of the past, walls and coffins which results in some devastating actions.

Lady Julia also spends time with Rosalie, living on the crossroads on the moor, a gypsy who elects to stay in one place for a personal reason but helps many people with tonics and teas from everything natural. Rosalie has connections with Brisbane, and Lady Julia discovers a lot about his past, in turn Brisbane also has much confirmed about his background.

Raybourn has used her obvious love of all things gothic with this book - it has resonances of Jane Eyre, what is the history behind the women seemingly stuck in the house.
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The third in a very entertaining series. Into a bleak moorland setting our heroine and her entourage sweep and the locality will never be the same again...packed with action, mystery and brooding threats aplenty.
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I was already won-over by the first two books in the series and had breathlessly awaited the third installment - it could have been a recipe for disaster, as nothing can spoil a book quite so like one's giddy anticipation. On this occasion my expectations were surpassed on every level: the character development is truly superb, the quality of writing is absolutely pitch-perfect (especially the desolate descriptions of the moor) and manages to combine bone-chilling atmospheres and some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments of comedy, along with enough twists and turns to keep the most active brains busy.

This is NOT some sleazy snog-fest dressed up in frills & pink ribbons, it's an excellent mystery novel with echoes of Gothic Thrillers but thankfully doesn't fall into the trap of taking itself *too* seriously. If you're not a fan of Romance, give this a try - a genuinely witty and intelligent read that still makes the heart beat faster for more reasons than the mystery alone...
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Great mystery series. As ever this can be read as a stand-alone mystery, but half the fun is reading them all to see how the characters develop, and whether their fledgling relationship will lead anywhere. Enjoyed it, perhaps not as much as others in the series, but still a good read. Gothic overtones to this one, windswept moors, could almost be a pastiche of victorian fiction, but also manages to have a wry smile at itself in places.
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I have now read 3 x Deanna Raybourn 'Silent....' books and I loved them all. I couldn't put them down. I felt I was there with them. The stories and characters were so compelling. More for the Kindle please :)
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First Sentence: "Julia Grey, I would rather see you hanged than watch any sister of mine go haring off after a man who will not have her," my brother Bellmont raged.

Lady Jane Grey is put out knowing that the man she loves, Nicholas Brisbane, has asked her sister, Portia, to help him renovate his new home in Yorkshire, Grimsgave Hall, but has not invited her. Being on the Mad March's, she is going, invitation or no. So Jane, Portia, and their bother Valarian, head to Yorkshire.

Grimsgrave Hall is in the moors, remote from any town, half ruined and Brisbane is not alone. Jane is surprised to find Lady Allenby and her two daughters still live there, proud of the purity of their bloodline back to the Norman kings.

Jane finds the deceased father and son were fascinated by Egyptology and have many artifacts from their travels there, and decides to catalogue them. What she doesn't expect is to find a coffin containing the wrapped remains of two babies...with the golden blonde hair of the Allenby family.

I needed an enjoyable, engrossing, romantic story and this was it. Ignore the cover of the book as it not remotely representative of the story. Yes, the romance between Jane and Brisbane is critical to the story, but there are no graphic sexual scenes involved.

Set on the moors of Yorkshire, it is a classic, highly atmospheric suspense with wonderful humor, great characters, heart-quickening romance.

Raybourn creates such a strong sense of place and her dialogue is appropriate to the period and the characters. From independent, determined Jane to all the pets, the characters are so well drawn.
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