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The Resource Silent in the grave, Deanna Raybourn

Silent in the grave, Deanna Raybourn

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Silent in the grave
Title
Silent in the grave
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Deanna Raybourn
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eng
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Award
  • RITA Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, 2008.
  • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, 2007.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Fans of British historical thrillers will welcome Raybourn's perfectly executed debut. In 1886, Lady Julia Grey's husband, Edward, dies suddenly of the heart disease that plagues his family, including his reclusive cousin, Simon, who resides with the couple in their large London townhouse. Just as she learns to cope with the contradictions of monied widowhood, Julia is visited by taciturn private detective Nicholas Brisbane, who reveals that Edward had hired him to find the source of some threatening letters. Analysis confirms Brisbane's suspicions of murder, leading him and Julia on a testily collaborative search for the culprit. Julia probes servants, Simon and a variety of peers, discovering disturbing truths about a husband she never truly knew and a world of deception, disease and sexual obsession she could never have imagined. Deft historical detailing, sparkling first-person narration and the fledgling love between Julia and the often surprising Brisbane balance otherwise dark themes. None of the book's components is new, but Raybourn updates and deepens them so intelligently that they feel freshly minted and free of cliché. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed September 4, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 35, p35)
  • /* Starred Review */ Who killed the English lord? Raybourn's debut is a lighthearted pastiche of a Victorian murder mystery.That dying figure writhing on the floor of his London home is Sir Edward Grey, husband of narrator and heroine Lady Julia. Forgive her composure: It has been a disappointing marriage (no children, separate bedrooms), and for Julia, still in her 20s, it is time to move on. Her husband's weak heart must have given out, she concludes, dismissing the suggestion of a mysterious stranger that it may have been murder. But a year later, in 1887, Julia discovers a threatening message and becomes hell-bent on tracking down the killer. For this she needs the help of that stranger: Nicholas Brisbane, a private investigator hired by Sir Edward before his death. Unlike the effete knight, Brisbane is "dark and masterful," the kind of man Julia daydreamed about as a young girl; he also has more secrets than a cat has lives. His prickly relationship with Julia, crackling with sexual tension, drives the story as much as the investigation. No bodices get ripped, but there is one furious clinch. It appears likely that Sir Edward was poisoned, and missing pages from Julia's Psalter, used in those threatening messages, point to an inside job. This makes for good entertainment, since Julia presides over an eccentric household that includes a Gypsy laundress, an Italian butler who was once an acrobat, a gardener who does his best work when drunk and (a recent addition) a talking raven stolen from the Tower of London. There are plenty of shocking revelations—visits to brothels, syphilitic infections, homosexual liaisons and grave-robbing—yet Raybourn keeps the tone light, displaying a gift for badinage. A far-fetched climax unmasking the killer is the sole disappointment. The state of play between Julia and Brisbane remains uncertain, perhaps to be resolved in another novel.Smart and stylish: Bring on the sequel. (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
150421
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Raybourn, Deanna
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lady Julia Grey novels
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Widows
  • Private investigators
  • Upper class
  • London (England)
Target audience
adult
Label
Silent in the grave, Deanna Raybourn
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
618490
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
509 pages
Isbn
9780778324102
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780778324102
  • (OCoLC)77012742
Label
Silent in the grave, Deanna Raybourn
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
618490
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
509 pages
Isbn
9780778324102
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780778324102
  • (OCoLC)77012742

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