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The Lady Julia Grey Bundle: Silent in the Grave\Silent in the Sanctuary\Silent on the Moor by [Raybourn, Deanna]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 2443 KB
  • Print Length: 1083 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (March 1, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VLXMB6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Erin Satie VINE VOICE on October 15, 2009
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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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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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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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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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I admit I'm only halfway through book one Silent in The Grave, but am extremely impressed. I had loaded this bundle on my Kindle due to the many positive reviews by members of one of the Kindle forums I belong to without investigating it any further.
I got into the first 4 or 5 chapters, and began wondering, "Who is this author?" Was this some Victorian author I was unfamiliar with? She seemed so learned in the ways of Victorian life among the rich and titled. So I decided to check on her, and discovered to my amazement that she is a modern day author.
I'm usually not a romance novel reader (in fact I despise them), but this also had the premise of a good mystery, which I do love. This book is so rich with atmosphere that you feel like you're there among the denizens of London in the late 1800's, especially the upper crust of London society.
Deanna Raybourn has a gift! It's almost like she is a re-incarnation of a real Julia Grey. I applaud her work, and will read all the books in this series.
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