Silent in the Sanctuary – Deanna Raybourn

Title: Silent in the Sanctuary
Author: Deanna Raybourn
ISBN: 9780778324928
Pages: 560
Release Date: January 1, 2008
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

From the back cover:

Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father’s estate crowded with family and friends. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget—the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane—is among her father’s houseguests…and he is not alone. Not to be outdone, Julia shows him that two can play at flirtation and promptly introduces him to her devoted, younger, titled Italian count.

But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel. Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again.

I was really anxious to read Silent in the Sanctuary after reading and thoroughly enjoying Silent In The Grave [review]. I had been told that Silent in the Sanctuary wasn’t quite as good as the first in the series, so I was mentally prepared before I began reading it in an effort to thwart disappointment.

Imagine my surprise when I found that I actually liked Silent in the Sanctuary as much as, if not better than, Silent In The Grave [review]! I loved the feel of this book – it had all the signs of a gothic mystery. An old rambling house, rumored to be haunted, and a snow storm that strands all the guests for a few days – and of course, a murder. It had the feel of a whodunit, which was a nice change from the first book.

The mystery is very well-done – I didn’t guess the perpetrator of the crime or any of the details. Therefore, it really was a delicious read. Additionally, the relationship between Nicholas Brisbane and Julia Grey is as satisfying ever. I loved reading about them matching their wits and going head to head, as well as working together to solve the mystery.

I thoroughly enjoyed Silent in the Sanctuary and can’t wait to read the third in the series, Silent On The Moor. If you haven’t read Silent In The Grave [review] yet, I would highly recommend reading it before picking up this novel. While you will understand the mystery, you will miss a lot of the subtleties contained within the book, as well as the wonderful relationship between Brisbane and Julia. If you read and enjoyed the first book, I can’t recommend this one highly enough!

Comments

  1. I love these books! I’m glad you’re enjoying them too. I hope you like Silent on the Moor as well.

  2. I love these books! I’m glad you’re enjoying them too. I hope you like Silent on the Moor as well.

  3. I have the first book and maybe the second one on my bookshelves. I want to read the for sure now after your review!

  4. I have the first book and maybe the second one on my bookshelves. I want to read the for sure now after your review!

  5. Sounds like a fun and entertaining read, I like that mixture of history, mystery and romance, and humor. I’m glad that it’s actually a series so I’ll have more than one to read.

  6. Sounds like a fun and entertaining read, I like that mixture of history, mystery and romance, and humor. I’m glad that it’s actually a series so I’ll have more than one to read.

  7. History and mystery make for a great mix. I saw this book with a friend, your review makes me want to read it.

  8. History and mystery make for a great mix. I saw this book with a friend, your review makes me want to read it.

  9. I love this series, too! You’ll love Silent on the Moor; very Wuthering Heights-ish and creepy. And Brisbane is as maddeningly sexy as ever 🙂

  10. I love this series, too! You’ll love Silent on the Moor; very Wuthering Heights-ish and creepy. And Brisbane is as maddeningly sexy as ever 🙂

  11. It sounds like I need to look for Silent In The Grave.

  12. It sounds like I need to look for Silent In The Grave.

  13. I love the Silent series, I’m halfway through Silent on the Moor. Julia Grey is a great heroine and I love Brisbane.

  14. I love the Silent series, I’m halfway through Silent on the Moor. Julia Grey is a great heroine and I love Brisbane.

  15. I’ve got the first one on my wish list. There are so many people that love this series that I need to see what all the love is about 🙂

  16. I’ve got the first one on my wish list. There are so many people that love this series that I need to see what all the love is about 🙂

  17. Great Review! I loved Silent in the Grave – the artwork on the cover was almost worth the price of the book!! Thanks for reminding me to look for the this one. I get so involved in other books I forgot to be on the lookout! I see s trip to the bookstore on tomorrow’s agenda..oh darn!!

  18. Great Review! I loved Silent in the Grave – the artwork on the cover was almost worth the price of the book!! Thanks for reminding me to look for the this one. I get so involved in other books I forgot to be on the lookout! I see s trip to the bookstore on tomorrow’s agenda..oh darn!!

  19. I was totally sold on this book after reading your first review (and Meghan’s). I really must add this series to my list.

  20. I was totally sold on this book after reading your first review (and Meghan’s). I really must add this series to my list.

  21. I adore gothic mysteries. This sounds like a good series.

  22. I adore gothic mysteries. This sounds like a good series.

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