Silent in the Grave – Deanna Raybourn

Title: Silent In The Grave
Author: Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 9780778324102
Pages: 512
Release Date: January 1, 2007
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the publisher’s website:

“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.

I’ve been wanting to read Deanna Raybourn’s Julia Grey series for awhile, but I was convinced I had to start it as soon as possible by Meghan over at Medieval Bookworm. Between her Twitter messages (tweets!) and her glowing review, I knew I was in for a treat with Silent In The Grave.

I have to say, I really loved Silent In The Grave. It’s got a bit of everything – romance, mystery, action – whatever you want in a book. The historical details were great and really set up each of the scenes nicely. Julia herself was a fun character who was extremely likeable. However, even more important, she was smart. I hate it in books where the female lead gets herself into horrible and completely avoidable situations just because she is (a) trying to prove herself or (b) she is irritated that some man is trying to tell her what to do. Julia is definitely headstrong, but she knows wisdom when she hears it. She is determined to solve the mystery, but understands when it is not safe for her to undertake certain tasks.

The ending was what convinced me how great of a writer Deanna Raybourn is. Too often in mysteries the answer is either completely obvious or so out of left field you didn’t even really know who the character was before they were revealed to be the murderer. Silent In The Grave, Raybourn manages to give the reader a completely satisfying ending without making it too obvious. She walks that fine line and does it incredibly well.

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of Silent In The Grave. It was never over done or overly complicated. I always understood what was going on, but it wasn’t so simple that I knew what to expect from the book. It’s incredibly well-written, and Raybourn deserves immense credit for that. I’m thrilled that this book has two sequels; I will be picking them up very soon!

Comments

  1. I loved this one! I enjoyed the second in the series, too, but not nearly as much as the Silent in the Grave. Doesn’t stop me from looking forward to the third which I’ve not yet gotten around to reading.

  2. I loved this one! I enjoyed the second in the series, too, but not nearly as much as the Silent in the Grave. Doesn’t stop me from looking forward to the third which I’ve not yet gotten around to reading.

  3. Boy does that sound good – a book with a little bit of everything! Great review, as always.

  4. Boy does that sound good – a book with a little bit of everything! Great review, as always.

  5. I was totally taken with it too after reading Meghan’s review. Now you’ve make me wonder why I didn’t rush right out and buy or borrow it. Will try to remedy this soon.

  6. I was totally taken with it too after reading Meghan’s review. Now you’ve make me wonder why I didn’t rush right out and buy or borrow it. Will try to remedy this soon.

  7. I have not heard of this author before – but I will definitely check her out now!

    I am so glad that you enjoyed the book because I found the title and the cover very attractive. It is always nice when the aesthetics of the cover coincides with the eloquence of the actual story.

  8. I have not heard of this author before – but I will definitely check her out now!

    I am so glad that you enjoyed the book because I found the title and the cover very attractive. It is always nice when the aesthetics of the cover coincides with the eloquence of the actual story.

  9. I loved this book! This series is awesome. Good review.

  10. I loved this book! This series is awesome. Good review.

  11. Another great review for this book! I need to get around to it!

  12. Another great review for this book! I need to get around to it!

  13. I also loved this book, even though I guessed very early on whodunit. Started slow and picked up speed more and more as time went on – I really should get a move on reading the next two.

  14. I also loved this book, even though I guessed very early on whodunit. Started slow and picked up speed more and more as time went on – I really should get a move on reading the next two.

  15. I actually currently have this on loan from the library.

  16. I actually currently have this on loan from the library.

  17. I’m so glad you liked this so much! I agree with pretty much everything you said, too. I’m not sure the next two quite match this one, but it’s a wonderful series overall. Great review!

  18. I’m so glad you liked this so much! I agree with pretty much everything you said, too. I’m not sure the next two quite match this one, but it’s a wonderful series overall. Great review!

  19. I’ve this book in my pile, as well as another before this but just haven’t got around to reading them yet! I need more reading time!! 😉

  20. I’ve this book in my pile, as well as another before this but just haven’t got around to reading them yet! I need more reading time!! 😉

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