Monday, May 9, 2011
*****Review of Silent In The Grave by Deanna Raybourn
A young aristocratic woman, Lady Julia Grey, has lost her husband to an apparent heart condition. Sir Edward's death is attributed to natural causes. But just as Lady Julia settles into her 12-month period of mourning, the enigmatic Mr Brisbane who witnessed Sir Edward's demise, tells her her husband was murdered.
At first Lady Julia doesn't believe the handsome Nicholas Brisbane, but at the end of her period of mourning, she finds a threatening note tucked away at the back of her husband's bureau drawer, and realises he was telling her the truth. She hires him to investigate the circumstances of her husband's death. But she does not intend to leave him to tackle the task alone.
What a joy to discover such an excellent writer of historical mysteries. The book reveals many fascinating details about late Victorian mores, attitudes and behaviour. I enjoyed her literary allusions, her historical detail, her characters, Lady Julia and Mr Brisbane both. The story held me and didn't give up its secrets until close to the end. Looking forward to the next one. Raybourn has joined Tasha Alexander as my favourite historical mystery writers along with Amanda Quick.