17 April 2011

Silent in the Grave - Deanna Raybourn

Summary: To say that Lady Julia met Nicholas Brisbane over her husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward -- it should be noted -- was still twitching upon the floor. 
Lady Julia Grey is a London aristocrat with a wildly eccentric family and a husband she does not love. When her husband dies, she discovers that Edward was the target of menacing notes. Enlisting the help of detective Nicholas Brisbane, Julia begins to sleuth for clues to unravel the mystery of Edward's death. As she does so, she discovers that she has more in common with her unconventional family than she would like to admit, and also finds herself increasingly attracted to Nicholas, a man with a few mysteries of his own. (Source: Bookreporter.com)

Comments: This is the first book written by Ms. Raybourn that I have read and I must say, I will be reading others in the future. It's narrative is first person, which I enjoy, but which unfortunately many writers cannot manage. Ms. Raybourn does the first person very well. The author has created some real characters with Lady Julia Grey, her iconic father, Earl March, her older sister Portia and most especially with Nicholas Brisbane. The reference to Henry Dashwood and the Hellfire club I found most interesting as I had just read about that in another book of fiction, Suspense and Sensibility, or, First Impressions Revisited,  by Carrie Bebris with the notation that a Mr. Francis Dashwood (1708-1781), did indeed exist, as did the Hell-Fire Club. And we think the victorian age is so prim and proper - what an illusion.
I am really looking forward to reading more of Ms. Raybourn's works in the future. In fact, the next one in the series is on its way now. 

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