I binge-read (listened) to all the books in this series. They are all very good. There are a few minor issue with the narrator - words mispronounced for example - but I liked these a lot!
While I enjoyed the story, this installment of the Lady Julia series seemed to chase its tale a bit.
I liked that they mystery pulled in some of Brisbane's history, but felt like his attitude toward Julia was awful. Maybe the author was trying to capture the vibe of Heathcliff and his asshat ways. Brisbane's habit of pulling Julia close one minute, then pushing her away the next got old. I am glad that is out of the way, so perhaps the stories can focus more on mystery.
This is my favorite of the series so far. Not usually a harlequin reader, the characters are well developed and the plots are twisty enough to be quite interesting. I've listened to this book a couple of times now and do not tire of it.
Due to being on the road hours most days, I'm an avid Audible fan! I live vicariously through the stories as the miles pass.
First to address the narration by Ms. Archer .... I absolutely loved her! I don't know all the proper accents and words, so I'm not prone to be as particular as some. I found her speech to be articulate and precise while giving emotion to the character of Lady Julia. For some reason, I found the voice of the sister, Portia, to be quite humorous as I believe she was meant to be. I thought Ms. Archer's ability to give the characters different voices was quite good. The story was a bit dark and the mystery was intriguing. Loved all the twists and turns and thought it was all tied together well at the end, while answering questions about who did what. This is a period piece, there is passion, but not steamy scenes. I recommend the books be listened to in order. Mrs. B.
Will not go further with this series...Ellen Archer does a helluva job though. Story just ran flat...now that they are a couple, sexual tension (which was getting boring anyway) is gone. Same thing happens on every TV episode where the sexual tension is a major plot line. The "mysteries" are beyond believable.
Either Archer is reading better, or I'm becoming less sensitive to her accents - probably a bit of both.
So far each mystery in this series is different enough from the others to keep things interesting. Raybourn changes the venue for each, which helps. This book has moved the main characters to the moors of the north country and the story is more atmospheric, so both Lady Gray and Brisbane are able to express more emotion in this context without it seeming a break in their character. Lady Gray is her usual sensible and intelligent self, but she's gaining confidence and therefore ferocity in fighting for what she wants. I like how she is evolving as the series progresses. Brisbane becomes more accessible in this book as well.
One thing I find uniquely enjoyable in Raybourn's books: she uses extremely good grammar even in dialog, which makes Lady Gray's bluestocking credentials ring true.
I plan on ordering the next book in the series.
The story was captivating
Where and when it took place.
There were several. The story kept me having to find out more.
The performance of Ellen Archer was amazing. It was a total pleasure listening to this book. Have already ordered her other books.
Each time I hear the announcement that this is a joint production with Harlequin, I cringe a bit. My experiences many years ago with Harlequin were not stellar. I no longer read much in the way of romance. However, this series continues to comprise entertaining historical mysteries, with a bit of romance blended in. I am enjoying them so much that I am about to start on the fourth book!
I really like how the author has developed the entire March clan (Lady Julia's family) as a major character in the series, with the unconventional nature of the father being largely responsible for the resultant wide-ranging interests and beliefs of his grown children. This adds a flavor to the stories that allows the reader to get a wonderful feel for the late Victorian period in which they are set and to root for the various family members as they go about their lives and experience their varying dilemmas.
Silent on the Moor takes Julia and Portia to Yorkshire, ostensibly to "help" Brisbane, who has purchased an estate there. Of course, this is against all propriety, and big brother Belmont, the most conventional and strait-laced of the clan, fights against the scheme until deciding that they can go if Val goes with them. So Julia and Portia are off on their next adventure.
This series is well-written and I believe well-researched regarding customs of the day. I recommend that anyone who has not read the earlier books (Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary) should begin with those to have a full appreciation for the background of the characters.
My only problem with the narration is that Julia's sister Portia is portrayed with a tiny little-girl voice which drives me quite crazy. Portia had a small role in the first book and has had expanded roles in the next two. The reader, Ellen Archer, began with this caricature of a voice in the first book and must have felt compelled to continue it. I wish there were siome way she could achieve a toned-down version of the voice if Portia is to continue in subsequent books!
I have read all five of the Lady Julia Grey series and enjoyed them all, so I knew the story already when I decide to listen to the audio version. Ms. Archer gives a very good performance and it was an enjoyable listen. I especially liked how she voice the various regional accents, it really added to the richness of the story. Sometimes Julia seems a little overly stiff but perhaps that is a more accurate depiction of a woman so well-born.
Lady Julia and Brisbane are such an intriguing mix of personalities and emotions that there is never a dull moment. Deanna Raybourn has developed characters that you cannot help but become attached to. And in Silent on the Moor she paints a vivid and forbidding image of the moors which adds to the interest and the tension.
I heartily recommend the entire series and look forward to more in the future.