Silent in the Grave

Silent in the Grave

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To say I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor...For Lady Julia Grey, her husband's sudden death at a dinner party is extremely inconvenient. However, things take a turn for the worse when inscrutable private investigator Nicholas Brisbane reveals that the death was not due to natural causes.Drawn away from her comfortable, conventional life, Julia is exposed to threatening notes, secret societies and gypsy curses, not to mention Nicholas' charismatic unpredictability.This sparkling, witty tale is the first in a captivating new series featuring Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 1 x 1 x 1mm | 357g
  • Mira Books
  • Don Mills, Canada
  • English
  • 0778301370
  • 9780778301370
  • 543,439

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"Fans of British historical thrillers will welcome Raybourn's perfectly executed debut...deft historical detailing, sparkling first-person narration...often surprising...freshly minted and free of cliche." - Publisher's Weekly (starred review) "A riveting drama that makes page turning obligatory." - Bookreporter.com"show more

About Deanna Raybourn

With degrees in English and History and a particular love of Regency and Victorian times, Deanna Raybourn is a committed anglophile, who, at her husband's insistence, gave up teaching to devote her energies to writing. Deanna is currently at work on her next eagerly-anticipated Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane mystery. Silent in the Sanctuary.show more

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3 22% (3,543)
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1 2% (314)

Our customer reviews

This book is best categorized as a thriller/romance - there are elements of both genres in the story, and I think it is this cross over that sets the book apart from all the other Mill & Boon romances I've read. There is depth to this book, tastes and colours and settings and adventure, and yes - even a hint of magic. What I enjoyed about Grave was that the author didn't just focus on the romance and forget the need for an engaging and emotionally-stimulating plot. As a matter of fact, the two characters never even end up in bed together and the kiss they share is hardly romantic. Instead of forgoing plot and filling with smut, there is something to think about here, there are twists to enjoy, goals and needs and worries that extend outside of the protagonist's love life. In sum, this story is a lot easier to believe, and therefore much better for escapists like me. The driver to the story is not the weary-old "oh dear, we seem inescapably attracted to each other, what now?" Rather, the murder takes centre stage, forcing Julia and Nicholas to meet and to explore the world around them for clues. Considering the Victorian setting, this world can be rather grimy (and yes, a brothel is involved at one point). There are hints of magic throughout the storyline, but only just barely, more relayed as the superstitions of the time. Although I have to say whilst reading of my favourite scenes in the book I was momentarily convinced Nicholas was a werewolf (he's not, silly me). The writing itself pleasantly surprised me, as so often romances are badly written. Raybourn has the talent of the skilful brushstroke when it comes to description, the ability to capture images in very few words. "He lay, curled like a question mark, his evening suit ink-black against the white marble of the floor." (Chapter 1, pg. 7) Character-wise, Julia is headstrong and independent, but not annoyingly so. She doesn't swoon over Nicholas and let him take charge, or pretend to be independent whilst really relying on his protection - she is a thinking, acting creature. Yes, sometimes she makes stupid mistakes, but doesn't everyone? Nicholas remains a bit of a cipher, but I preferred it that way as opposed to the head-hopping and point of view changing so often found in other romances. The fact that Nicholas remains mysterious and unpredictable really adds to the thrilling uncertainty which I look for in a romance novel. I suppose one of my few complaints was that Julia seemed a little callous initially about the death of her husband - it was only until later on in the book that I understood why she was less affected than one would expect. In sum, while there are undoubtedly many better books out there, when it comes to romance, Silent in the Grave stands out for giving readers far more than a skin-and-bones plot. I'm definitely looking to read more of the series.show more
by A M Harte
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