SILENT ON THE MOOR by Deanna Raybourn
“I lifted my hand and touched a fingertip to his cheek. He jerked backward as if I had scorched him, dropping his hand from my face. He shook his head slowly, as if emerging from a dream.
вАШDo not push me too far, Julia. You have meddled with me in ways I ought never to have permitted. But I will finish what I began here, and you will not interfere with me again.’ ”
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky (MAY 30, 2009)
Deanna Raybourn’s Silent on the Moor, the third installment in her series featuring Lady Julia Grey, opens in London in 1888. Thirty-year old Julia is about to embark on a journey to visit the mysterious and mercurial inquiry agent, Nicholas Brisbane. The bad-tempered but very attractive Brisbane, who has gypsy blood and a mysterious past, pulls Julia towards him with one hand and drives her away with the other. She has not seen him since he purchased Grimsgrave Hall, a dilapidated house on the Yorkshire moors. He lives there with his servants and the last of the Allenby clan, a proud but down-on-their luck family whose fortunes have taken a steep decline. Brisbane had originally asked Portia, Julia’s outspoken sister, to help him organize his household, but he has since rescinded the invitation. Although Julia knows that Brisbane will be greatly displeased, she decides that she must see him again in order to find out if they are destined to be together.
What follows is a Gothic tale of long buried secrets, forbidden passion, and murder. After she settles in at Grimsgrave, Julia, as is her wont, sticks her nose in where it does not belong. She is determined to uncover the truth behind the strange behavior of Hilda Allenby, her beautiful sister, Ailith, and their infirm and sanctimonious mother. In addition, Julia decides to investigate the affairs of the late Egyptologist, Redwall Allenby, Hilda’s and Ailith’s brother, who was reputed to be cruel, selfish, and deceitful.
Readers are strongly advised to finish Raybourn’s first two books, Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary, before they pick up Silent on the Moor. This will provide a clearer picture of Lady Julia’s evolution from a cosseted wife “wrapped in cotton wool” to the audacious, forthright, and daring woman she has become. Raybourn has written an entertaining and intelligent novel that seamlessly and elegantly combines humor, mystery, and romance. Silent on the Moor is distinguished by its witty dialogue, intriguing and well-developed characters, impeccable sense of time and place, and immensely absorbing plot. Those who are already hooked on Deanna Raybourn’s fiction will be eager to spend more time with the unique and captivating Lady Julia Grey.
|AMAZON READER RATING:||from 88 readers|
|PUBLISHER:||Mira (March 1, 2009)|
|AVAILABLE AS A KINDLE BOOK?||YES! Start Reading Now!|
|AUTHOR WEBSITE:||Deanna Raybourn|
|MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION:||Read our review of:|
- Silent in the Grave (January 2007)
- Silent in the Sanctuary (January 2008)
- Silent on the Moor (March 2009)
- Dark Road to Darjeeling (October 2010)
May 30, 2009
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Tags: 19th-Century, Amateur Detective, Deanna Raybourn, Gothic, Time Period Fiction ¬Ј Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Facing History, Sleuths Series, United Kingdom