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Silent Night: A Lady Julia Christmas Novella (A Lady Julia Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Deanna Raybourn
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Book Description

'Tis the season for an investigation! Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane return for a Christmas caper at Bellmont Abbey—.

After a year of marriage—and numerous adventures—Lady Julia and Brisbane hope for a quiet, intimate Christmas together—until they find themselves at her father's ancestral estate, Bellmont Abbey, with her eccentric family and a menagerie of animals.

Nevertheless, Julia looks forward to a lively family gathering—but amongst the celebrations, a mystery stirs. There are missing jewels, new faces at the Abbey, and a prowling ghost that brings back unwelcome memories from a previous holiday—one that turned deadly. Is a new culprit recreating crimes of the past? And will Brisbane let Julia investigate—?

Don't miss a single tale in the Lady Julia series—read the book that started it all, Silent in the Grave, available now.

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  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (November 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X4BIII
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to snuff November 6, 2012
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This is a novella that tries to be too many things. It tries to be a heart-warming Christmas story, it tries to have a mystery, it tries to portray family holiday dynamics -- all in a novella. No surprise, it doesn't do any of it terribly well. Also, the characters are becoming a bit caricatured. Not surprising for a series that is starting to get lengthy. So, if you are a Lady Julia fan, then you will enjoy this. If you aren't, start at the beginning, not here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Picking up immediately after the ending of "The Dark Enquiry," the last Lady Julia novel, the too-short but still immensely enjoyable novella "Silent Night" will hopefully help tide over devoted readers until Deanna Raybourn gifts us with a new full-length story.

It's Christmas, and Julia and Brisbane find themselves at the Abbey, but the atmosphere is strangely un-festive. Half of the March siblings won't show up until Twelfth Night, the Earl March is moody and withdrawn, and much of the household staff is afflicted with a cold; no wonder the house feels so empty! When Julia hears rumors of a ghost, she is curious. But when valuable jewelry starts disappearing, she must investigate!

Remember that this is only a novella; it's not a full-length mystery, but it is fun to tag along with Julia anyway as she puts the pieces together. Julia and Brisbane, who feel like old friends to me this far into such a delightful series, and the entire March family are all kinds of fun, as usual. If you're a fan of the other Lady Julia novels, you'll definitely want to pick up "Silent Night;" the only disappointment to be found here is that it ends so quickly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Since the first Lady Julia Grey mystery, Silent in the Grave (A Lady Julia Grey Novel), came out in 2007, I've been a loyal fan of Deanna Raybourn's series. For me the first 3 are the very best, with perhaps the first one as my personal favorite, but all of them have been fun to read.

That's why this little story is enjoyable. Lady Julia, her family, and Brisbane have become like old friends to me, so I liked reading about this Christmas 1889, one and a half years after Julia and Brisbane married. There's a little mystery but it's no big deal. The best part of reading this is just the touching base with everybody 'til the next full-length novel is published (and I don't know when that will be, even after checking out Raybourn's website).

An added bonus of this download is the instructions for how to make the March family wassail and Christmas potpourri. Cute and a bit educational.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars She phoned this in December 29, 2012
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I really enjoyed all her other books but this one was too predictable, short, and not nearly as entertaining as her others.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Far cry from her previous Books. December 24, 2012
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I wasn't impressed with this book after reading the whole series. It lacked depth and the actual mystery just wasn't developed enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read the other books instead November 7, 2012
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I am a HUGE fan of the Lady Julia series. I love Deanna Raybourn's writing. Her description of places and events are great and the relationship between Julia and Brisbane always draws me in but this novella was a total flop. There was too much crammed in and none of it was done well. The mystery was hardly addressed - introduced and then solved with none of the investigative work explained. It was nice to see Julia and Brisbane's relationship again but it lacked the depth that is normally there. If you've been missing Lady Julia, you'll probably want to read this but unfortunately it is nowhere near as good as the actual books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Typical Christmas Fluff November 24, 2012
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Let me start off by saying that, being in the mood to read a Christmas themed story, I came across 'Silent Night' by happenstance, having previously been familiar with neither the series nor the author. When I realized it was an "in-between" filler type novella for an already established set of novels, I became more than a little disappointed, however, that sentiment did not last very long. All the elements came together so artfully, I forgot this was meant to be a short novella, and for an entirely too brief time, had the pleasure of meeting Lady Julia and her rather eccentric family.

This was not a traditional mystery, though that was easily overlooked since my preference is for strongly character driven books in lieu of other aspects, anyhow. On that note, I sheepishly admit that I often give a pass to historical fiction with leading female characters for two reasons - first, the women tend to be an unrealistic walking anachronism who generally become obnoxious and annoying in the author's attempt to make them "strong". It often seems contrived and has become extremely off putting to read about a 18th-19th century woman acting like she stepped out of a 21st century gutter. Lady Julia was refreshingly intelligent, her own woman if you will, without being exaggeratedly brash. Secondly, in such novels, the male characterizations inevitably suffer in a perhaps unconscious attempt to make the female leads look better.

This author focused on giving us very human, realistic, vivid, intelligent, quirky characters all around, so that everyone came off as strong on the page. With her somewhat humourous writing style and ability to make the reader experience what her characters are feeling, it was the icing on an already sweet cake.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this more than the first novella, but
It's still to short to really develop anything. This is a short few chapters in Julia and Brisbane's life, but it isn't a decent mystery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Clegg
3.0 out of 5 stars Brisbane and Lady Julia
Raybourn's Lady Julia novella's are fun reads. You rarely will be bored though, admittedly, some are better than others. This is a lovely little Christmas cozy. Enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Dr C
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Enjoyable quick read. Want to read the others in the series for my light hearted reading. Easy fun book to read
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer T
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The novellas just don't stand up relative to the Lady Julia novels.
Published 3 months ago by CJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Lady Julia Story
Great fun!
Published 4 months ago by Lorraine W. Besch
5.0 out of 5 stars A Teaser and a Bit of a Catch Up On the March Family
The March Family gets together for Christmas. Daddy March is all down and out. He has a hermit? of all things who he argues with continually. I confess this is a new one for me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Judge Tabor
3.0 out of 5 stars short and predictable. but a fun easy read
Written in the old English type of speak it was a fun read and included a couple recipes at the end that I may like to try. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Antonio R Mazzorana
3.0 out of 5 stars An acceptable bit of fluff but there are much better Christmas...
First Sentence: I tore open the letter and scanned it quickly before brandishing it at my husband.

Lady Julia and her husband, Brisbane, hoped for a quiet Christmas. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. J. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended! I've truly enjoyed each of Deanna Raybourn's books ...
Enjoyable series, recommended! I've truly enjoyed each of Deanna Raybourn's books and look forward to each new volume in the Lady Julia Mystery series!
Published 4 months ago by LadyMax
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun + Cute
This was a cute little Christmas novella. Definitely less of a high-stakes mystery than Julia's other adventures, but it was a fun read and it's always nice when the whole March... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura
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A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time. Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

"Sex, lies and awesome clothing descriptions" is how one reader described Deanna's debut novel, SILENT IN THE GRAVE, published in January 2007. The first in the Silent series, the book follows Lady Julia Grey as she investigates the mysterious death of her husband with the help of the enigmatic private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane. From the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to a Gypsy camp on Hampstead Heath, Silent in the Grave deftly captures the lush ambience of Victorian London.

The series continues with the second book, SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY (January 2008), a classic English country house murder mystery with a few twists and turns for Brisbane and Lady Julia along the way. Silent on the Moor (March 2009), set in a grim manor house on the Yorkshire moors, is the third adventure for Lady Julia and the mysterious Brisbane.

March 2010 saw a departure from the series with the release of THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, a mid-Victorian Gothic thriller that chronicles the adventures of novelist Theodora Lestrange as she leaves the safety and security of her Edinburgh home for the dark woods and haunted castles of Transylvania. Deanna takes Lady Julia and her companions to the exotic foothills of the Himalayas with DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING (October 2010). The fifth book in the series, THE DARK ENQUIRY, sees the return of Lady Julia and Brisbane to London for their most puzzling adventure--one that strikes painfully close to home.

Deanna plots her books from her home in Virginia. After one too many hot Texas summers, Deanna and her husband packed up their daughter and moved to the mid-Atlantic state, where they enjoy the fall leaves but deeply miss good Tex-Mex cooking.

Still Virginia has been good to this author. Deanna's novel SILENT IN THE GRAVE won the 2008 RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, a total of five RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Her fourth Lady Julia novel, DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING, was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery, and her fifth Lady Julia release, THE DARK ENQUIRY, was a New York Times bestseller.

Lady Julia's holiday adventure, SILENT NIGHT, a digital novella, will be available November 1, 2012, while her next stand-alone novel, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, debuts May 1, 2013. Set in Africa in 1923, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS follows the daring flapper heiress Delilah Drummond as she travels to Africa in disgrace only to find the adventure of a lifetime.

You can find her blogging three days a week at, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter, check out her contests and book trailer videos, and catch her latest appearances at

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