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Silent in the Sanctuary: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery (edition 2008)

by Deanna Raybourn

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Title:Silent in the Sanctuary: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery
Authors:Deanna Raybourn
Info:Mira (2008), Edition: Original, Paperback, 552 pages
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Returning home to Belmont Abbey, Lady Julia Grey finds her ancestral home inundated with friends and family including the one man she thought never to see again, the inscrutable Nicholas Brisbane. Amid Christmas preparations and parlor games, a killer lurks and when one of the guests is found bludgeoned in the sanctuary, Julia and Nicholas resume their unlikely partnership in order to uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again...

Raybourn’s writing style is very engaging and the details of Victorian society merge smoothly into the storyline. Nevertheless, the pacing is problematic with an excess of exposition and the actual mystery only beginning halfway through the book.

The murder plot develops slowly with several intriguing twists and turns. Unfortunately, the climax is rather tepid and the resolution somewhat unsatisfying - Emma and Lucy not only get away with their crimes but benefit from them as well.

Julia and Nicholas’s attraction continues to smolder and there are one or two passionate embraces, but once again their romance is lacking in detail. Although Nicholas and Julia are both appealing characters, his tendency toward condescension blinds him to her insights while she has a unfortunate habit of jumping to conclusions, usually the wrong ones, which inevitable leads her into trouble.

The majority of the secondary cast is comprised of Julia’s charmingly eccentric family members, loyal yet opinionated servants and a number of intriguing house-guests. Each and every character from Julia's overindulgent father, curmudgeonly aunt and appallingly dressed brother to the shy and awkward cousin, insolent maid, and less than pious country curate contributes to the warm and intimate yet also somewhat insidious atmosphere of the story.

On a final note, the change in narrators took some getting used to, especially since I’d recently listened to Jennifer Van Dyck’s narration of Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series, which is in a completely different genre. That said, the narration is well-done overall and Van Dyck's male voices are exceptional although her female voices are too snooty for my tastes. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Lady Julia Grey, fresh from Italy, joins her family at the family home for the Christmas season and has a mystery to solve. She comes with her brothers Plum and Lysander and Lysander's new Italian wife Violante. They also brought along young Count Alessandro Fornacci who has a crush on Julia.

When she arrives she finds quite a gathering. Her sister Portia is there as are poor relations Emma and Lucy Phipps along with Lucy's new fiance Sir Cedric Eastley, a self-made man, and his secretary/nephew Henry Ludlow. Also present is the man Julia has spent months trying to forget. Nicholas Brisbane is there along with his fiance Mrs. Charlotte King.

That evening at dinner, they are joined by the Vicar who is an honorary uncle and his new curate Lucian Snow who is charming and rather feckless. He immediately uses his charm to try to endear himself to the wealthy, single ladies.

This house party is filled with tension. Nicholas and Julia have unresolved issues and Snow's political views regarding gypsies immediately puts Julia's back up. There is also some secret about why Nicholas is wearing a sling. When Snow is found dead in the chapel with Lucy holding a bloody candlestick, the investigation begins. Julia's father orders Nicholas and Julia to investigate together which is not what Nicholas wants.

Add in ghostly wanderings, missing jewels, and attempted poisonings and you have a wild ride of a mystery. I love the detailed picture of life in the upper classes in England in the late 1880s. Julia's father is quite a progressive thinker for his daughters but less so for his sons. He encourages Julia to stretch herself which is something Julia wants to do since she has never felt as alive or as useful as when she was involved in her first investigation and wants the same again.

I am intrigued by Julia's relationship with Nicholas Brisbane. He is continually pushing her away and occasionally drawing her close. Julia is fascinated by the mystery of him. ( )
  kmartin802 | Apr 17, 2018 |
I like her writing style. Witty. But would still like to see more of Brisbane on the page. Not quite working as a romance for me. ( )
  nautilus | Sep 20, 2017 |
Another enjoyable read. Her characters are very engaging and she is very descriptive in setting her scenes. Already have Silent in the Moor waiting in the wings. :) ( )
  MommaTracey | Jul 24, 2017 |
After five months in Italy with two of her older brothers, Lady Julia Grey is not entirely disappointed when her father summons her and her brothers home for Christmas. Arriving at their family home in Sussex, Julia is surprised to find amongst their family party Nicholas Brisbane, who has not contacted Julia once during her absence and now appears to have several new secrets he's keeping. When one of the party is found murdered, Julia and Brisbane once again must work in partnership to solve the crime and face the sparks that fly between them whenever they meet.

This second entry in the series is a little bit smoother than the first novel and thoroughly enjoyable. I've always been a fan of murder mysteries set on an estate and Raybourn plays with the formula well. Julia and Brisbane continue to fascinate as main characters and it's a delight to get further acquainted with Julia's large family. I continue to enjoy this mystery series and have already dived into the next book. ( )
  MickyFine | Oct 28, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated to my mother, Barbara Russell Jones, who has read every word I have ever written, and loved them all.
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Now I was more certain than ever of my decision. I could not love a man who did not love Jane Austen.
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fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends— but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters.

Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget—the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane—is among her father's houseguests… and he is not alone. Not to be outdone, Julia shows him that two can play at flirtation and promptly introduces him to her devoted, younger, titled Italian count.

But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel, and a member of Lady Julia's own family confesses to the crime. Certain of her cousin's innocence, Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again. When a sudden snowstorm blankets the abbey like a shroud, it falls to Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane to answer the shriek of murder most foul.

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Returning home to Sussex after a jaunt in Italy, Lady Julia is soon immersed in mystery when one of the guests at her father's estate is murdered and a member of her family confesses to the crime.

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