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on 27 May 2017
this text cannot decide if it is to be high melodrama, or wickedly witty high society flirting and love...there is an uneasy tension between these two strains, and the reader is jerked about, from one to the other, as if trying to stand on two horses in a circus manege, dashing round and round...either strand would have worked, but the juxtaposition is jarring...the essential sadness in the centre of the story is overwhelming, and the love-story barely makes up for it...the aristocratic security of place in society meets the insecurity of random events, as well as inbred insanity, and the serene facade is shattered...the HEA feels pasted on, and untrue...oh well, fairly well done, kept me reading, though i did skip a bit here and there, when it bogged down...good effort, badly paced, and with odd premises...
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 April 2017
This was a dark, dark, Bronte-like, wild moors and weird people mystery and I loved it! Julia, Portia and Val head off to remote Yorkshire (brownie points for researching the railways of the time DR!) to assist Brisbane with his newly purchased house only to find they are not at all welcome; not by him nor by the three women he's esconced with. The 'Marches' persist and soon enough Julia finds something nasty in the priest's hole. The investigation begins. Brisbane is at his most annoyingly secretive and Julia is thwarted often in her attempts to pursue both the investigation and their relationship. Fortunately for us, Julia is at her most determined. It's wonderful, atmospheric stuff - you can almost feel the chill of the howling wind off the moor!
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VINE VOICEon 31 December 2010
`Silent on the Moor' is the third book in the Lady Julia Grey mystery series. It follows on directly from the action in the previous books so if you haven't read them I'd recommend starting with `Silent in the Grave' so you can appreciate the character development and background to this instalment.

Julia and her sister Portia follow the enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane to his new Estate in Yorkshire; Portia, so she can assist by adding a woman's touch to the housekeeping and Julia so she can get to grips with whether their romance is worth pursuing. Instead they find that the Estate is still inhabited by members of the last family to have lived there, a gypsy fortune teller and healer and an Estate Manager who appears to have something to hide. As with the previous books, a mystery presents itself and it is up to Julia to solve it (although this time with much less interaction between her and Brisbane.)

I have to admit to being quite disappointed with this novel compared to the earlier two in the series, which rattled along at an incredible pace and had great chemistry between Julia and Brisbane. The storyline and setting borrow a great deal from the novels of the Bronte sisters and whilst it is quite atmospheric it lacks the intrigue and drama of the earlier books. I will persevere with the series but am hoping that now she has addressed Brisbane's background and past that we can move on and deal with his future.
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on 18 July 2017
Deanna Raybourn writes well and I was looking forward to reading more about the developing relationship between Julia and Brisbane. Sadly, there was very little of this in the book which rather impaired my enjoyment of it.
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on 17 September 2017
Loved this book, found the mystery quite gruesome, but loved the romance of Lady Julia and Brisbane and all the March family plus the other characters
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on 4 March 2017
Not wickedly witty, but rather grim. Ending stupid, no-one would hunt on moors with areas of dangerous bog areas. Disappointing!
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on 5 October 2017
Good read
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on 1 June 2017
Good book well written
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on 26 September 2017
brilliant writing.
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VINE VOICEon 14 January 2010
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. Wuthering Heights, the wildness of the moor is described beautifully and poetically that it really gave a grave and dark foreboding sense to the property ironically called Grimsgrave. There is the witticism, and I love Lady Julia Grey's sister Portia who bounces off all the characters very well, despite her own life story. Their relationships with their maids' makes for amusing reading, and one wonders who is really in charge them or Morag and Minna. Romance is the air as we see it grow further into the open with Lady Julia and Brisbane. My only concern is that if they get together then will we lose that wonderful sparring and bantering they have which makes for their rich characters.

The story does seem somewhat slow, but whilst it is not a classic whodunit it has some depth, and makes you question the actions of those who are trapped at Grimsgrave. It is a wonderful insight to Victorian society not just from the upper echelons but also the lower ones, the maids stories are covered, even the wandering Gypsies(prominent in all these books) are covered with such care, that it becomes a book to show what life was like at that time, and how it affects others. In some cases the attempted murders become a back story.

I do hope there will be another book, hinted at definitely in the last couple of pages, but please do not lose the wonderful relationship that Lady Julia and Brisbane have developed.
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