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Silent in the Grave

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ISBN13: 9780778325246
ISBN10: 0778325245
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"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.


When her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, Lady Julia Grey investigates and discovers "disturbing truths about a husband she never truly knew and a world of deception, disease, and sexual obsession she could never have imagined" ("Publishers Weekly").

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Cindy Figueiredo, November 19, 2008 (view all comments by Cindy Figueiredo)
I read a LOT of mysteries. I read them for relaxation as well as entertainment, so I'm not going out of my way to solve the murder before the writer tells me. When I do figure it out, I'm always a little disappointed, and that's what happened with "Silent in the Grave". In this case - the unmistakable clue was on page 310 of a 534 page book. As the book is a little wordy, lots of talking to herself, for example, this made the last half of the book a little tedious.

Not a bad read, though; it's just not a super read. I like historical mysteries, but I like them to be decently true to the times. In this case, this book let me down a little, too. The protaganist, a docile aristocratic widow in the 1880's, finds her independence including instant acceptance of an intelligent prostitute and traipsing off to a gypsy camp in men's clothing. This does a disservice to the true independent women of the time (and there were many) who trudged through jungles, etc., while wearing their petticoats - an altogether more amazing and believable scenario than that which the books depicts.

But, that said, this was a nice first effort by Deanna Raybourn. I read it because I decided to always start out with the first-in-a-series when approaching a new author.
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Product Details

Mira Books
Romance - General
Raybourn, Deanna
Historical - General
General Fiction
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Private investigators
Upper class
Mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
December 2007
Mass Market Paperbound
Grade Level:
6.70x4.32x.90 in. .54 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , When her husband dies under suspicious circumstances, Lady Julia Grey investigates and discovers "disturbing truths about a husband she never truly knew and a world of deception, disease, and sexual obsession she could never have imagined" ("Publishers Weekly").
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