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Silent in the Grave (edition 2007)

by Deanna Raybourn

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Title:Silent in the Grave
Authors:Deanna Raybourn
Info:Chatswood, N.S.W. : Mira Books, 2007.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction, fantasy, gothic, mystery, victorian, steampunk, heroine, strong women, strong woman, widow

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Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

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    Street of the Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters (faither)
    faither: Although not set in nearly the same time period (1970s-ish and mid-1800s), Vicky Bliss and Lady Julia Gray are similar heroes. Witty, stubborn and intelligent if they were contemporaries, I'd like to think they would be partners.
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    aseaver: If you liked the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, give Amelia Peabody a try. The quaint Victorian time frame, the interesting plot lines, even the slightly zany and varied secondary cast, all combine for a consistently great read.
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A light hearted Victoriana mystery. Bit slow at first but picks up the pace. Definitely structured to be the first in the series reather than a free standing novel but all good!

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  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
A wonderful story with more to follow ( )
  magnolia2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
I really like Victorian mysteries and couldn't put this one down. A week after Lady Julia Grey's husband's death, Nicholas Brisbane approaches her and tells her that her husband had hired him to look into who would want to murder him. He had received threatening letters but she doesn't believe him and sends him away. A year later while Julia was going through her husband's things she finds a letter and wants Brisbane to investigate. He's reluctant because too much time has passed but agrees when he sees how determined she is to look into the matter herself not realizing the danger. This is the start of their relationship as she learns what her husband's secrets were and what Brisbane's secrets are. ( )
  Kathy89 | Jan 18, 2016 |
Silent in the Grave, Deanna Raybourn's debut novel, is an riveting mystery set in Victorian England. Raybourn's characters and settings are well drawn out, and the mystery itself keeps the reader guessing right up until the final pages. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
This book was a quick read and very entertaining. Sir Edward Grey collapses in the midst of his wife, Lady Julia Grey and party guests. Nicholas Brisbane is one of the first guests to offer assistance and get Edward to his room. Later that night Sir Edward dies. The doctor rules the death of natural causes because Edward had been ill for many years of a heart condition. A week passes and Nicholas Brisbane tells Julia that he was an investigator hired to look into some threatening letters Edward had been receiving. He suggests that perhaps Edward was murdered. Julia immediately dissmisses this, but regrets it a year later when she finds one of the notes in Edward's desk. She decides to have Nicholas investigate her husband's death and intends to help any way she can. The book is over 500 pages, but I never found myself bored. It was a page turner. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 14, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, Patricia Nile Russell, and my grandfather, John Lucas Jones, Jr.
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To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate.
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Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778325245, Mass Market Paperback)

"Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave."

These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

Prepared to accept that Edward's death was due to a longstanding physical infirmity, Julia is outraged when Brisbane visits and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. It is a reaction she comes to regret when she discovers the damning paper for herself, and realizes the truth.

Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise. Dismissing his warnings that the investigation will be difficult, if not impossible, Julia presses forward, following a trail of clues that lead her to even more unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival.

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"These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests. Prepared to accept that Edward's death was due to a long-standing physical infirmity, Julia is outraged when Brisbane visits and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. It is a reaction she comes to regret when she discovers the damning paper for herself, and realizes the truth"--Book description.… (more)

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