Silent in the Grave

Silent in the Grave

eBook - 2011
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'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' London, 1886 For Lady Julia Grey, her husband's sudden death at a dinner party is extremely inconvenient, not to mention an unpardonable social gaffe. Once the shock has passed, however, things take rather a turn for the worse. Her eccentric relations descend en masse (and her odious Aunt Ursula clearly intends to stay until another relative expires elsewhere), and Julia is forced to drape the mirrors in crepe and herself in endless widow's black. But when swarthy, inscrutable private investigator Nicholas Brisbane tells her that her husband's death may not have been due to natural causes, Lady Julia finds herself thrust into surroundings she could never have imagined, from the elegant home of a renowned courtesan, to a volatile boxing match in a gypsy camp, determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice. As the truth begins to emerge, it seems there was a great deal Julia did not know about her husband–and a great deal she has to learn about herself. A wholly original mystery set in the extravagant surroundings of upper–class Victorian England, Silent In The Grave marks debut author Deanna Raybourn as a fresh, unique voice in historical fiction.To read more about this fantastic debut novel by Deanna Raybourn visit
Publisher: Sydney : MIRA, 2011.
ISBN: 9781742903620
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Nov 06, 2017

An absorbing Victorian mystery, with a strong (atypical for the times) female lead and a brooding male reminds me of the Lady Emily (Tasha Alexander) mysteries, but perhaps more compelling. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

Dec 21, 2016

Not bad at all for a first novel / mystery. The characters are engaging. Though I partially guessed the murderer, the story was very intriguing. (The first book in the Lady Julia Grey series) Recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeStaff11 Oct 20, 2016

Read this one on a rainy day with a cup of tea! The first in a series, this novel introduces us to the investigative partnership between Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane. Mystery with a touch of romance.

KATIE ESCHER Jun 01, 2016

This is the book that started my love of Victorian mysteries. Julia Grey is a wonderful protagonist; modern, but still appropriate to the era. And Brisbane, I have a love/hate relationship with him and his inner turmoils, but overall, a great leading man.

Feb 10, 2016

I really enjoyed this story, but as mentioned in other reviews it did tend to drag in places. For the time it was set it, the story dealt with some quite modern issues. Was also written in a style that was colourful and you couldn't help but like the main character, Lady Julia Grey, a modern woman for her time. Will read her other books

Chapel_Hill_MollyL May 09, 2015

A really fun, frothy mystery with a great heroine in Lady Julia Grey. For those who continue on with the series, I cannot give the later books the same ringing endorsement--the relationship between the two main characters becomes problematic/disturbing (and in a way that I did not find intriguing or fun). That said, this book was pure delicious escapism.

Apr 11, 2015

I'm loving this series! It is a perfect mix of mystery, historical fiction and romance. I also love reading about a strong independent woman in a time period where they are generally in short supply. The plot and setting reminds me of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily series, but better!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 11, 2015

Don't know how it took me so long to find out about this book, but this series has been my favorite read of 2015 so far. This first volume in the series follows Lady Julia Grey, who engages the handsome and mysterious private enquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane to investigate the death of her husband. There's something here for everyone: mystery fans will enjoy the whodunnit (not the world's most clever mystery, but still solid enough), romance fans will enjoy the subtle development of Julia's relationship with Brisbane, and Julia's eccentric aristocratic family and their antics are enough to keep anyone entertained. The most fun I've had reading a book in ages. The four sequel books are equally enjoyable, and I highly recommend them all.

Sep 10, 2013

One of the greatest opening lines ever.

Feb 26, 2013

This was okay. It started out promising but by the end was becoming ridiculous. For a better mystery series, I would recommend "The Blackstone Key" by R. A. Melikan. This one didn't seem very believable even though the author tried hard. I knew who the murderer was as soon as it started.

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Jul 13, 2012

If you were a man, your ladyship, I would cordially horsewhip you for that remark.

Those are facts. Are they the truth? No, for they do not tell you of the heart, and that is where truth lives.

After a moment, he turned sharply to me. 'Are you quite all right?'

'Yes, perfectly. Why do you ask?'

'Because I have just called you contrary and you did not bother to contradict me. I thought you might be ill.

erysimum Nov 12, 2009

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.

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Dec 01, 2009

Lady Julia Grey loses her young husband to hereditary heart complications...or so she thinks. She soon discovers anonymous and threatening letters had been sent to her husband just before he died, and the more questions she asks, the fewer answers she finds. In order to uncover the truth she employs a mysterious agent, Nicholas Brisbane, to help her piece this mystery together. They manage to consistently infuriate each other while creating fantastic sexual tension. A fantastic read!


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