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The Lady Julia Grey Bundle [Kindle Edition]

Deanna Raybourn
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Book Description

"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 on the floor."

Starting with her husband's sudden death, Lady Julia Grey is swept into a world of mystery and deceit. It is also the world of the enigmatic and maddeningly attractive private investigator Nicholas Brisbane...

From the extravagant world of Victorian aristocrats to the wild moors of Yorkshire, experience the intrigue and romance of all three Lady Julia Grey mysteries by RITA Award-winning author Deanna Raybourn, now available in one convenient download. Bundle includes: Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary and Silent on the Moor.



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  • File Size: 869 KB
  • Print Length: 1083 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (March 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VLXMB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
THIS is why I love my Kindle...three great books for the price of one. After reading the reviews I thought the Julia Grey trilogy would be worth reading, and for $10 I was willing to gamble on the omnibus edition. It was a good bet.

The Julia Grey books are hybrid mystery-romances set in the Victorian period, best suited to readers who enjoy both genres. Mystery is the dominant element in each book, but the romance between Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane is the backbone to the trilogy. The slow, methodical development of the mysteries is nicely counterbalanced by the tempestuous relationship that develops between Julia and Brisbane. The writing is elegant and rich, and it was a real pleasure to immerse myself in it.

The omnibus contains all three books in the trilogy:

SILENT IN THE GRAVE - This introduces us to our heroine, Lady Julia Grey, and begins with her husband's murder. As the winning first line of the novel tells us: "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." Julia had been quiet, obedient, and dull all her life - the freedom of widowhood sparks a journey of self-discovery. When Julia realizes her husband was murdered, more than a year after he died, she is determined to find the killer - no matter how cold the trail. To succeed, she needs the help of Nicholas Brisbane, the private investigator her late husband hired before his death to investigate a series of ominous threats.

SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY - This second book takes place at the family seat in Sussex, a converted abbey in the dead of winter.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Amazon recommended these books to me after I ordered book 1 of the Lady Emily series by Tasha Alexander. Didn't like the Alexander book but Loved...Loved....Loved this series and the kindle bundle was icing on the cake! Delicious
mystery, excellent writing kept me addicted til I could not put the book down. Since the earlier review went into such great detail, take both of our advice and read the series!

And after you finish this series, read the Sebastian St. Cyr series by C.S. Harris which I guarantee you will love. Currently five books with the sixth out March 2011.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Evil candy books! Prepare to lose a weekend. December 6, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I could not put my Kindle down. Now I feel a bit like I have intellectually gorged on carnival treats. The mysteries are not very mysterious- the red herrings were a violent, pulsing scarlet and the villains were pretty easy to identify. On top of the predictability, Julia is irritatingly stupid a good deal of the time and Brisbane sometimes made me wish that Dr. Freud would magically turn up in the story and cure him of his textbook macho b.s. Why then did I spend an entire weekend in these books? I think it's because these are well researched books with real charm, not to mention a diabolical and addictive mixture of just the right mystery and romance tropes. Each book is perfectly paced to keep you hitting that "Next Page" button. You can't read just one. These books are my new guilty pleasure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good deal, beautifully crafted September 6, 2011
By R. Wood
Format:Kindle Edition
These were absolutely lovely, and a bargain: I am very glad I bought them, as if I had paid almost the same price for one, I would have had to buy all three simply to keep reading. Completely addicted to these characters. They are faceted, intriguing, and extremely human.
I wouldn't call this "romance." I'd call it historical mystery. Yes, there is romance, but it's a subplot, and really mostly serves to add conflict, and as an excuse for the characters to be in the right place at the right time.

people who will like this: If you enjoy Barron's Jane Austen mysteries, or Carole Nelson Douglas' Irene Adler series; if you like period mysteries with a strong and determined heroine who is also human...these books are for you. So glad I stumbled on them.

I've read so many poorly written "free" kindle books lately, I am also moved to add: The period was done impeccably, the language faultless. I would normally not applaud an author on that, as I take it as a given that if a person is an author they have done their research and know how to string a sentence together; however, a selection of absolutely screamingly bad novels lately has put things into perspective. This is a welcome relief. You'll find no grammatical messes or glaringly bad anachronistic phrases here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady Julia, a bundle of contradictions January 16, 2011
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This collection of the first three Lady Julia Grey mystery/romance novels by Deanna Raybourn is a very good bargain, as others have remarked, but it would be a better bargain still if the books developed at all. The first novel, Silent in the Grave, has an intriguing premise that is really not carried off perfectly, but well enough to be a "good read." The second and third novels in the series, Silent in the Sanctuary and Silent in the Moors, simply rehearse the events and characters from the first book again and again. Common elements: The eternal "madness" of the Marches, Julia's family; Julia vacillating between points of view on whether she is or is not really attracted to Nicholas Brisbane, the inquiry agent she meets when her husband dies; Julia trying to decide whether to live conservatively or flamboyantly, Julia rescued by Brisbane and/or her father, etc. There are definitely moments of humor and some witty writing, but these get fewer, it seems, as you move through the books. The solutions are fairly obvious; the motivations may be offputting to some readers. The third novel in particular suffers from being an unhappy mix of Charlotte Bronte and Sherlock Holmes, with a littlle G.K. Chesterton thrown in.

Some reviewers feel that these novels are not true to their time, and that many of the March family characters, including our heroine, are anachronistic. While this may indeed be so, the novels are after all intended as entertainments, not histories. If the characters had been better developed and, in particullar, Julia's behavior more consistently maturing, I don't think I would have minded their being a little anachronistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great concept
Published 1 day ago by Judith A. Mount
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining historical mystery series that kept my interest...
An entertaining historical mystery series that kept my interest throughout. I'll be buying the next book in the series.
Published 25 days ago by Romance Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane
These two books are the introduction to Lady Julia and the fascinating Brisbane's relationship that progress in each following book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggie Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I really enjoyed this set of books. Smart and interesting heroine and a well-written story. I just bought 2 more in the series!
Published 1 month ago by CK
5.0 out of 5 stars and I am so happy that I started with these
This is my first adventure with purchased e-books, and I am so happy that I started with these. Well-written, with authentic period touches. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie315
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this Series You Wont Be Disappointed.
I was browsing the Kindle store when I came across this series. I love this series. The heroine becomes stronger as the story progresses. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really a good series make it racier to fig which book comes next for kindle readers
Published 2 months ago by carol fink
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved them all.
Published 2 months ago by GRANNY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series
Published 3 months ago by shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
Pure entertainment. Love this series, lots of fun.
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More About the Author

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 www.deannaraybourn.com/blog, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter, check out her contests and book trailer videos, and catch her latest appearances at www.deannaraybourn.com.

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