Title: Silent in the Sanctuary
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Release Date: January 1, 2008
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!