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Silent on the Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Mystery) Kindle Edition
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In this third installment, we have Julia following the handsome private investigator, Nicholas Brisbane, to the moors of Yorkshire. Julia first met Brisbane after her husband was murdered in the first book, Silent in the Grave. Julia comes from wealth, a large eccentric family. Brisbane is half Gypsy, half English. But Julia does not care about propriety and has followed Brisbane on the pretense of keeping her sister Portia company, while Portia sets up household for Brisbane at Grimsgrave Hall, the manor that he has recently purchased. Brisbane does not think he is good enough for the young widow, Lady Julia, and tries to drive her away. But she is determined to settle things between them once and for all. But first she has to solve the mystery of the hidden mummy babies, and the attempted murder by poison of Nicholas. The Allenby's are the former owners of Grimsgrave Hall and the mother and her two daughters are still living there while a cottage is being prepared for them. They had to sell the manor after the son squandered the family money before his death from malaria. Julia discovers Brisbane's ties to the family and the reason he has bought this rundown manor and the plans they have for him.
I love the Lady Julia series. The more recent book covers portray these books as bodice ripper romances. But they are not, they are well-written mysteries with complex plots and fascinating characters. Of course, the chemistry between Julia and Brisbane doesn't hurt either. Julia is very stubborn and headstrong and ignores Brisbane's warnings of danger and is often involved in scandalous behavior. And though he is loathe to admit it, he needs her help.
This is a perfect read to snuggle up with on a cold night. Though these books could be read as stand alone, I really recommend starting at the beginning to really get the history and flavor of the series. You don't want to miss any of these books.
They only downside is that this is the last book until Raybourn writes another, which I hope will be soon. I look forward to more adventures of Nicholas and Lady Julia!
I had to wait through to the end for the latter to happen and it really was an anti-climax. In between Brisbane was even more enigmatic and elusive and any lady in their right mind would have walked away a long time ago.
This time Deanna Raybourn takes us to the most remote parts of the Yorkshire moors where Brisbane has surprisingly bought a run-down house from a family with aspirations to royal blood going down the ages. Not only is the house run-down but a strange mix of survivors of the original impoverished, and run-down family are still living in the house.
The plot again takes in gypsies and poison but this time Egyptian artifacts and mummies. We also have to put up with the strange animal kingdom of ugly dogs and pet raven that accompany Julia and her sister wherever they go. Of course Julia gets involved in some sleuthing but it is far from compelling reading.
I started reading the Lady Julia Grey series after really enjoying Raybourn's breakout adventure-romance A Spear of Summer Grass and seeing how many reviewers had a hard time coming to grips with the change from their favourite Lady Julia series. This book had the opposite effect on me and I won't be reading any more in this series, despite Brisbane and Julia finally coming together as partners.
I love, love, love the writing style of Deanna Rayburn. Her characters are so much fun. I loved the humor in these books and the quirkiness of the characters. I do hope the series continues. I enjoyed it so much. I'll buy all the books for as long as the story continues.
I too was saddened by the end of a relationship in this book and was hoping that was going to go somewhere in the book. I can only hope she's saving that for the next book. I thought that was one of the most fascinating story lines running through the books. It worked because the March family is the March family.
"Silent on the Moor" is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read Victorian mysteries. I would also recommend you read the other 2 books first though....they make this book that much more enjoyable because you will grow to love the characters. In this order, read: "Silent in the Grave", "Silent in the Sanctuary" and "Silent on the Moor." Enjoy!
I liked the story and the romantic tension, but if you want your mysteries to start with a bang, then this book may not be for you. If you want to continue the series, then you will need to read this one as I think it is pretty pivotal.
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