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LET THE WICKED BE ASHAMED AND LET THEM BE SILENT IN THE GRAVEThese 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 inuiry 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 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 unpleasant truths and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival


10 thoughts on “Silent in the Grave

  1. says:

    Obviously this book has far admirers then detractors if the ratings are any indication but I'm damned if I know why As far as I can analyse you might like this book if you enjoy1 A surly and charmless hero masuerading as a grade C Sherlock Holmes clone2 Forced chemistry or rather no chemistry between said surlycharmless hero and an eually vapid oh I'm so stupid but I'm so adorable because the writer tells you so heroine3 A 435 page mystery where the actual detection takes place around ohhh say page 367 and contains all the tension intrigue danger and drama of an evening spent watching a re run of The Lawrence Welk Show Wunnerful Wunnerful4 A historic period timeframe where the only thing keeping the reader knowing that it's 188687 Victorian London is the fact that Raybourn kindly included the date at the top of the first chapter Otherwise the characters completely act with 21st century politically correct sensibilities; conversing to each other uite candidly and openly about homosexuality venereal diseases contraception and marital failures Jeeze of COURSE all those things happened then and have through the centuries but it wasn't something to discuss in a hansom cab or in a London park or with your father brother or love interest Nothing takes me out of a book faster then this current fad of giving historical books and characters the faintest whitewash of their time period while conducting a novel that could just as easily have taken place in NYC circa 2010If any of the above appeal then run don't walk to the nearest bookstore and get your copy of Silent in the Grave todayIn conclusion this debut novel is dreck just dreck And the really really really crappy thing is that I had already promised my daughter I'd read #2 in the series Gah the things a mother will do for her childas if the diapers weren't bad enough


  2. says:

    199 Kindle sale July 10 2020 Victorian era murder mystery Lady Julia Grey is the young widow of Sir Edward who collapses at a dinner party and soon dies despite the best efforts of the doctor and Nicholas Brisbane a dark and mysterious private investigator who had been hired by Edward because of some threats he'd received Lady JuliaBrisbane informs Julia that her husband was likely murdered rather than passing away of a lifelong heart condition but Julia angrily dismisses him Nearly a year later however Julia discovers evidence that suggests that Edward may have been murdered after all So Julia tracks down Brisbane Nicholas BrisbaneThe two of them belatedly begin an investigation attempting to find out who may have murdered Edward and why The trail of clues will lead them to some surprising and unpleasant revelations This is a well written book and I enjoyed the way it immersed me in Victorian society mostly high society but with a few notable visits to the seamier side of London life I thought the realism of this novel was marred somewhat by main characters who display 21st century open mindedness toward subjects that were extremely touchy at the time such as prostitutes taking lovers racial backgrounds and homosexuality I realize Julia and her family the Marches are wildly eccentric in some ways and with such a large fortune that they can get away with it but still it might be better if they were transplanted to the 21st century where they'd all clearly be comfortable Anyway whether you can enjoy the modern attitudes in a Victorian setting or at least handwave it will make a difference in how much you enjoy this book Silent in the Grave probably won't appeal to everyone it got rather slow in the middle it's gritty enough to bother some readers but probably not gritty enough for those who like really hard hitting mystery novels and there's a love interest that will likely appeal to those who like a little romance in their novels but may make other readers roll their eyes Also I didn't think the mystery was all that mysterious I guessed the murderer long before the main characters though I didn't get the motive right Still there's some enjoyable humor along with the tense moments in this book and it really sucked me in Images from


  3. says:

    Apparently it's now necessary to pre emptively address holier than thou trolls who conveniently leave out important words in uoting my own text back at me as they're scolding me for my apparent lack of judgment or those who leave criticisms in their own reviews of this oneI don't know whether it's a lack of comprehension skills or just willful misreading of words but let me spell this out very clearlyFeminism GOODHammering points exhaustively into a narrative BADOr at least not to my taste while it may obviously cause great celebrating in others Whether an author is writing about women's rights or saving kicked puppies or the need for universal healthcare these things need to fit seamlessly into the narrative of a novel not create a situation in which those who AGREE with the cause to be annoyed And if a woman is behaving outside the norms of the societal norms of historical period her defiance needs to be written in a convincing way See Sarah Waters Anne Perry and countless other authors who have written strongly feminist books in which the odds were very much against the women depicted in them but also respect history enough not to entirely rewrite it Lady Julia in her pampered earnest life doesn't even come close in her circumstance actions or character to convince me that she's worthy of being representative of the real women in history who did the real work for women's euality that we all benefit fromAnd yes I probably could have been tactful in the way I wrote the uickie reaction below but I also have neither the time nor the inclination to interact with people who are only interested in being outragedchiding strangers over what is in this case not even a difference in opinion Original review edited only to delete the breeches observation corrected by Melissa belowDear me This book puts me in a uite a predicament because I'm not uite sure what to make of itFirst off the good stuff I liked the Victorian world that the author created Dress customs and attitudes are meticulously detailed in the beginning and the book is very well written I'm partial to books set in this time period so it's always a pleasant surprise when the world building feels authentic to meThe not so good stuff the mystery is a snooze It's very easy to guess why Lady Julia's husband has been murdered so it's rather tiresome that the characters aren't catching on sooner sometimes the turn of a page means that a whole year has passed there is far too much heavy handed feminism presented in this book It didn't bother me in the beginning but after awhile there was just too much of it and most of it is inserted rather clumsily I'm all for feminism obviously but not when it's inserted so ham handedly you'd think that with so much raging femininity going on Lady Julia would play a pivotal role in uncovering the mystery She does eventually pursue clues after a long period of being pretty clueless but there is a certain lack of urgency and intellectual reasoning about the way she went about it Julia herself is interestingbut not uite compelling just yet our hero is a Nancy Drew Nicholas Brisbane can do it all he is a detective a prizefighter a violinist a view spoilerhalf Rom hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Nope Just nope


  5. says:

    Everybody loves a good international man of mystery but private enuiry agent Nicholas Brisbane is Just Too Much he's a prizefighter he's a violin virtuoso he's a duke's grandnephew he's a half blood Rom AND a psychic and a floor wax and a dessert topping Lady Julia Grey although at times stupid and inconsistent is a interesting character because she's believably human Born into a family of eccentrics Julia has spent her entire life suppressing herself until the death of her husband forces her into exploring her own powers Unfortunately the interactions of this odd couple always seem forced and artificial The mystery itself is not much Julia overlooks two obvious suspects one of whom predictably turns out to be the murderer although the motive was somewhat different than I imagined


  6. says:

    Finding Silent in the Grave turned out to be one of those beautiful stumbling across the perfect book to fit your mood moments Here I am staring down the barrel of this pregnancy willing the last few days to pass faster and this absolutely delightful Victorian mystery proves just the thing to take my mind off the all too slowly ticking clock Even better it's the first in a series with the second one already out and the third due to hit shelves in March Silent in the Grave starts out with one of the best opening lines I've read in agesTo say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate Edward it should be noted was still twitching upon the floorHa Honestly who wouldn't want to continue reading after that? Does she care? Does she not care? Is she as calm and composed as she sounds? And just who is this Nicholas Brisbane and why is he significant? You have to find out Each uestion is answered but slowly and carefully spread across the rest of the novel After her husband's untimely collapse Lady Julia Grey finds herself a young and surprisingly wealthy widow Having suffered from a heart condition his entire life his sudden demise was not altogether unexpected That's why when confronted with an unusual and mysterious private investigator's claim that her late husband employed him to find out who was threatening to kill him Julia dismisses the notion as preposterous and sends Mr Nicholas Brisbane on his way Nearly a year later she naturally comes across a clue leading her to believe dear Edward was in fact murdered Managing to track down Brisbane she apologizes and convinces him to reopen the case Intrigue and mayhem ensue and it's all just perfectly deliciousI so enjoyed Julia and her measured narration her bizarrely large but loving family and her cautiously fresh observations on the world and the people around her It is as though her husband's death removes a film from her eyes and she is unnerved to realize she hardly recognizes where she is and who she has become One of my favorite lines is Julia reflecting on her oldest and most pompous brother who is scandalized to hear she intends to manage her inheritance herselfHe had nothing to call his own except dead men's shoes and I think the highly Oedipal flavor of his existence sometimes proved too much for himAs you can tell I was completely taken with the characters and Deanna Raybourn's well paced writing style both of which made for an incredibly absorbing enjoyable read I'll be picking up the seuel ASAP Recommended for fans of Laurie R King's Mary Russell books


  7. says:

    The Lady Julia Grey series is one of my favorites series ever It's one of those that jumped out with the first line and grabbed me in To say that 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 From that line onward I was completely besotted with it I was a bit nervous for this re read in case it didn't match up Thankfully I loved it almost as much the second time around Knowing the culprit took some of the tension out this time but being able to revisit the characters than made up for it I've read other books in the Historical Mystery genre since this which was my discovery book for the genre so I now have a judgmental eye I still think the mystery is decent although the actual investigation is much less of a focus than Julia and her journey from a mouse of a widow into a woman finding out who she is I am also less tolerant of romance these days and this was a lot romance than I remember it being But as far as romances go this is a good one and one I enjoyed re reading Seriously Brisbane is one of my favorite male leads everI'm keeping my rating at 5 stars in part because this was my first discovery of a genre that now almost rivals Fantasy in my affections It brought me back my love of Victorian times after I had mostly exhausted the classics and become tired of re reading my favorites The added suspense romance and wit made it irresistible to me I've since found a huge cache of books earmarked for my future all thanks to this one little library find It goes on the shelf of life changers in that respectI've found that the witty humor is uniue to Deanna Raybourn in this genre I actually chuckled out loud a couple of times before I caught myself I have read other historical mysteries that feel dry and dark in comparison even if they are focused on the mystery than the adventurous spirit of the heroine The characters are where Raybourn really shines I remember all of them as if they are friends and fully realized people Even the minor characters This series has some of my favorites of all time the mysterious and tempestuous Brisbane full of barely restrained energy The intelligent unconventional and sometimes idiotic and impulsive Julia Sometimes I want to shake her as much as Brisbane must Fleur Portia Julia's brothers the gypsies the raven the former prostitute turned lady's maid All add something fresh to the story The Victorian setting is lush and filled with atmosphere and the mystery and suspense and even the romance just add depth and purpose to the story The small touch of paranormal also sets this apart from many other Victorian mysteries It's a great combination I fell for it completely TwiceRaybourn earned a place on my favorite authors list through this series the first time around She maintained her spot as a favorite with the 1920s standalones that she wrote afterwards she is capable of diversity And now re reading this just confirms it I love her I can't wait for her new series coming out in the Fall I'm going to lap it upOriginal Review 4232012I've discovered a new favorite genre I love the mix of historical fiction mystery and little bit of love story The characters are full intriguing mysterious and witty The setting is fully realized the atmosphere intoxicating The mystery is twisting convoluted and absolutely satisfying Fantastic


  8. says:

    This is a reread I read the first Veronica Speedwell book a while ago now and really enjoyed it When I went to review it I realised I had already read and rated two of these books with Lady Julia Grey but I didn't remember doing so at all I was halfway through the reread before the story started to come back to me and that was uite telling in itselfthis story is ok but a bit slow It picked up in the last third I may continue this series if I get bored but for my money the Veronica Speedwell series is much better


  9. says:

    The first half of this book is readable enough a nice opening chapter in particular although Lady Julia is written as a modern woman stuffed into a corset and plopped down in Victorian London where she bemoans racism and classism and is totally cool with her sister's lesbian relationshipThe writing is good for a first novel if perhaps a bit awkward and repetitive in places I did like the author's lighthearted styleThe longer I read however the I began to dislike the story The mystery is slight which doesn't bother me too much but the romance is a complete dud I didn't feel any chemistry between Lady Julia and our mysterious tortured hero who keeps making vague annoying threats If I find that you have hidden anything else from me hindered me in any way he said softly I will not be responsible for my actionsThe plot gets gradually ridiculous and then at the 34 point the author tosses in a supernatural element which this story did not need There's a flood of sordid melodrama at the end view spoilerpornography adultery venereal disease male prostitution hide spoiler


  10. says:

    This is our pick for this month's Vaginal Fantasy Hangout Read along and then watch on Feb 27th 8pm PST THATS MONDAY THE LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH