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Book Review: Silent in the Sanctuary February 26, 2008

Posted by battysgirl in Books.

  Silent in the Sanctuary

Deanna Raybourn

Date: January 21, 2008—   $13.95—   Book

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FOUR stars. (of a possible four, of course)






From Publishers Weekly
Fans and new readers alike will welcome this sparkling sequel to Raybourn’s debut Victorian mystery, Silent in the Grave (2007). Left homeless by fire, wealthy widow Lady Julia Grey has been recuperating in Italy. With Christmas approaching, Julia returns to England, where she joins her large and eccentric family at their equally large and eccentric ancestral estate, a former monastery that retains some monkish ghosts. Nicholas Brisbane, a private enquiry agent with whom Julia has shared both a heated embrace and a stint at detection, is among the holiday houseguests, and to Julia’s astonishment Brisbane is in line for a title and engaged. Then a local curate is murdered in the former church sanctuary, and a set of priceless pearls goes missing. Headstrong and clever Julia joins Brisbane in investigating the crimes, deciphering his personal situation in the process. Readers may wish for a bit more romantic development, but the complex mystery, a delightfully odd collection of characters and deft period details produce a rich and funny read. (Jan.)
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Kirkus (starred review)
The March family has the reputation of being wild as March hares, but when it comes to murder they are no fools. Lady Julia Grey (formerly March) is in Italy with two of her brothers, recovering from the murder of her husband and her own near-death in a fire (Silent in the Grave, 2007). When Lord March sends for Julia’s brother Lysander, recently married to an Italian beauty, they all return home to Bellmont Abbey, a huge estate built 700 years ago as a Cistercian monastery. Julia is surprised to discover among her father’s guests Nicholas Brisbane, the enigmatic private investigator she had grown to love during the investigation of her husband’s murder. Brisbane is accompanied by his attractive but apparently silly fiancée, a woman Julia is sure he could never marry. Among the other guests are Julia’s sisters, Emma and Lucy, the latter recently engaged to wealthy Sir Cedric Eastley; Eastley’s cousin; Julia’s Italian friend Count Fornacci; her uncle Fly; and worldly Lucian Snow, his curate. Soon Lucy is found holding a bloody candlestick above the body of Snow. Julia’s valuable pearls are stolen. And a ghost walks the Abbey’s dark passages. Julia turns sleuth over the violent objections of Brisbane, their relationship sizzling as they trade barbs and information. A sassy heroine and a masterful, secretive hero. Fans of romantic mystery could ask no more–except the promised sequel.

From Batty’s Girl

I want some more please – namely the next book in this installment!  I liked the first book in this series (the first book of all, actually, but this author) but I LOVED this second book.  I will wait for the third book with bated breath!



1. frankschulteladbeck - February 26, 2008

You have piqued my interest. I will check this out. Mysteries are my weakness.

2. Batty's Girl - February 27, 2008

I hope you like it, if you pick it up, please do return and let me know if you agree of if I lead you astray 🙂

3. Melissa - February 27, 2008

Am I getting these too????

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