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Book Review: Silent in the Grave November 26, 2007

Posted by battysgirl in Books, Reviews.

Silent in the Grave

Deanna Raybourn

Date: October 1, 2007 —   $6.99—   Book

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Three and a half silvery stars.




From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Fans of British historical thrillers will welcome Raybourn’s perfectly executed debut. In 1886, Lady Julia Grey’s husband, Edward, dies suddenly of the heart disease that plagues his family, including his reclusive cousin, Simon, who resides with the couple in their large London townhouse. Just as she learns to cope with the contradictions of monied widowhood, Julia is visited by taciturn private detective Nicholas Brisbane, who reveals that Edward had hired him to find the source of some threatening letters. Analysis confirms Brisbane’s suspicions of murder, leading him and Julia on a testily collaborative search for the culprit. Julia probes servants, Simon and a variety of peers, discovering disturbing truths about a husband she never truly knew and a world of deception, disease and sexual obsession she could never have imagined. Deft historical detailing, sparkling first-person narration and the fledgling love between Julia and the often surprising Brisbane balance otherwise dark themes. None of the book’s components is new, but Raybourn updates and deepens them so intelligently that they feel freshly minted and free of cliché. (Jan.)
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From Batty’s Girl
This book is just chock full of twists and turns and characters… maybe just slightly too full, but it works.  I would have liked a bit more on the relationship between Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane, but I think that portion of Lady Julia’s growth is going to be explored more in the next (and maybe subsequent?) books.  The sequel to this, Silent in the Sanctuary (*hint alert, Christmas Present!) is already out and from the first few pages that were previewed in this book, it looks just as good, if not better.

This is a good book, but I’ll admit it did take me a few chapters to become engrossed (which is slightly unusual for me).  Its a period piece but still quite fun.



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