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Deanna Raybourn

Author of Silent in the Grave

31 Works 13,564 Members 886 Reviews 59 Favorited

About the Author

Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, Texas. At the age of 23 she wrote her first novel. She married her college sweetheart and after the birth of their fist child she left teaching to become a mom and full-time writer. Her debut novel, Silent in the Grave, was published in January 2007. It is show more the first in the Lady Julia Grey Mystery series. Silent in the Grave won the 2008 RITA Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, a Daphne du Maurier, a Last Laugh, and two Dilys Winns. Raybourn lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Deanna Raybourn

Silent in the Grave (2006) 2,239 copies
A Curious Beginning (2015) 1,535 copies
Silent in the Sanctuary (2007) 1,381 copies
Killers of a Certain Age (2022) 1,196 copies
Silent on the Moor (2009) 998 copies
A Perilous Undertaking (2017) 774 copies
Dark Road to Darjeeling (2010) 716 copies
A Treacherous Curse (2018) 588 copies
The Dark Enquiry (2011) 564 copies
A Dangerous Collaboration (2019) 476 copies
The Dead Travel Fast (2010) 458 copies
A Murderous Relation (2020) 382 copies
A Spear of Summer Grass (2013) 314 copies
An Unexpected Peril (2021) 303 copies
An Impossible Impostor (2022) 233 copies
Silent Night (2012) 222 copies
City of Jasmine (2014) 176 copies
Midsummer Night (2013) 173 copies
A Sinister Revenge (2023) 156 copies
Twelfth Night (2014) 151 copies
Night of a Thousand Stars (2014) 129 copies
Bonfire Night (2014) 123 copies
Far in the Wilds (2013) 81 copies
Whisper of Jasmine (2014) 66 copies
A Grave Robbery (2024) 15 copies
A Mysterious Season (2020) 8 copies
Lady Julia Grey Volume 2 (2016) 6 copies


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In this ninth historical mystery starring Veronica Speedwell and Revelstoke Templeton-Baine the mystery comes to them in the form of a waxwork - an Anatomical Venus - purchased by Lord Rosemorran for his young daughter Lady Rose who wants Stoker to turn her into a clockwork waxwork.

Both Veronica and Stoker are fascinated by the waxwork, but secrets of a sinister nature are uncovered when Stoker opens to chest to make room for the device which it make it look like she's breathing. They find a perfectly preserved human body instead of a waxwork. Determined to find out who she was and who managed to preserve her in a way unknown to them. Stoker and Veronica begin a quest through the scientific underground of London.

Assisted by their friends journalist J. J. Butterworth and Metropolitan police officer Mornaday who have assisted on others of their investigations, they discover a shady undertaker's parlor and scientists who let their quest to bring the dead back to life overwhelm their lives.

This was another exciting adventure for the crime-solving duo which, naturally, puts Veronica in danger from a particularly nasty villain. I love the Victorian setting. Veronica's modern and unfiltered opinions often put the more conservative Stoker to the blush which is particularly amusing since his visage is that of a pirate.

I like that the author builds her plot around real things. Underground railroads to carry coffins and mourners to the cemetery and Anatomical Venuses really existed. And the Victorian interest in galvanism and other experiments with electricity was also real.

All in all, this is a very engaging series especially as it is told from Veronica's journals which give us insight into her mind and her opinions.
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kmartin802 | 1 other review | Feb 21, 2024 |
Silent in the Grave - Raybourn
Audio performance by Ellen Archer
4 stars

The first book of a series that I’ve already enjoyed at least once. There’s an agreeably twisty mystery. But it’s Lady Julia, her interesting family, and her chosen detective that tempted me to reread this series.
I own the audiobook, but 5 minutes of Ellen Archer’s voice for Julia’s sister was enough for me. I was happy that I held on to the paperback.
msjudy | 136 other reviews | Feb 20, 2024 |



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