Silent in the Sanctuary Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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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
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
'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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book from Deanna Raybourn, with the Lady Julia Grey series, the love interest between Brisbane and Lady Julia keeps you guessing. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2011 by Ronnie
Murder mystery set at a Victorian house party, the second in a series featuring Lady Julia Grey and her `wildly eccentric' family. Read morePublished on 13 July 2011 by phoebes_mum
I did enjoyed this sequel, #2 in the Lady Grey series, but, although good, it wasn't as capitvating as the first book. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2011 by Anne Marie Brear
This is the next book in the series after 'Silent in the Grave'. Lady Julia Grey has been in Italy for a few months with her two brothers and is ordered home for Christmas by her... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2010 by Cassie
I think this is my favourite of the series, all the main characters are now known to us and relationships established. Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2009 by Poodlehorse
This is the second of the series but the first that I have read and is a fun mixture of vintage Agatha Christie (family house party in large country house complete with jewel... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2009 by Roman Clodia
"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... Read more
I was very disappointed in this book, I had taken it with me on holiday in order to relax when I had time to myself, instead I found myself extremely irritated. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2009 by Joyce Holmes