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Silent in the Grave Audiobook

Silent in the Grave

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Publisher's Summary

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

Prepared to accept that Edward's death was due to a long-standing physical infirmity, Julia is outraged when Brisbane visits and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. It is a reaction she comes to regret when she discovers the damning paper for herself, and realizes the truth.

Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise. Dismissing his warnings that the investigation will be difficult, if not impossible, Julia presses forward, following a trail of clues that lead her to even more unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival.

©2007 Deanna Raybourn; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"Riveting." (Bookreporter.com)
"Fans of British historical thrillers will welcome Raybourn's perfectly executed debut." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Howdyholly Youngsville, NC, United States 07-25-13
    Howdyholly Youngsville, NC, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2011

    A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.

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    "Wonderful and well done!"

    This is a very interesting read. The end will have you on the edge of your seat. I loved it! There is such a sweetness in this book and a wonderful plot! The Heroine has a major development and grows and you grow with her as she goes through the book. I Loved it!

    The Narration is brilliant!

    Very highly recommended!

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    Bookmarque 07-11-13
    Bookmarque 07-11-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Too much romance, too little mystery"

    Alas, I should have checked the publisher before downloading this from audible. If I’d seen the Harlequin name there I would have saved myself some trouble. This is not my thing. Too much romance and breathy innuendo and too little mystery. Too many modern ideas. Really, Lady Julia, enough with your cross-class do-gooder motif. I know there had to be some women who thought a bit like she did, but it didn’t ring true and that axe just kept getting ground. I don’t think there’s any left. I figured who had to have done it pretty early and so the culprit wasn’t a surprise. Overall disappointing. Lady Julia’s bosom will just have to go on heaving without me. And the fangirls will downvote because they're so mature.

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    Gash 06-30-13
    Gash 06-30-13

    Avid reader/listener.

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    "Caught me up - will probably finish the series"

    I liked the book quite a bit - but I find Archer's reading off-putting. Her accent wanders all over the place and her pacing is uneven. Still, I do like Lady Julia Grey, and Nicolas Brisbane is an intriguing character. Lady Julia reminds me of Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody, who is one of my favorite fictional females. I'll try another title, but I might have to read these in print if Archer doesn't get better.

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    Susan 04-11-13
    Susan 04-11-13
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    "S-l-o-o-o-o-w moving, predictabe, poor narrator"

    Interesting characters but the plot moved so slowly it got tiresome. To guess "whodunnit" in mystery novels, I always ask myself "who is the least likely culprit"... and I could tell very early in the novel that the author had chosen that old cliche to structure her plot. There are other pretensions in the novel that I found irritating as well, including the author's inexplicable need to break out of the first-person "real time" narrative at the end of many chapters to give omninous warnings ("Little did I realize...."). Also agree with other commentators that the lead character, as a married woman, would never have been addressed as "Lady Julia," which is the primary form of address used for her. I applaud the author's attempt to develop a realistic look at living conditions in Victorian England, but not the execution. Pick up a hard copy and skim through it on a cold rainy day, but avoid this audiobook. The narrator is awful. Her English accent for the main character is tolerable, but her other accents--Cockney, Scottish, French, gypsy--are horrible... what you might hear at a bad high school play. Haven't verified this, but I suspect she is American in part because I've never heard a British actress who was so bad at accents, and in part because she gives words like "clerk" and "privacy" their American pronunciations.

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-04-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Just okay"

    I bought this title with high hopes for a witty mystery following the many good reviews. It was just okay nothing compelling. The story was fair, the narration okay once I put it at 1.25 speed, overall an okay listen.

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    Annie quebec, QC, Canada 03-08-12
    Annie quebec, QC, Canada 03-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great fun !"
    If you could sum up Silent in the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, gripping, fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that it is set in other time is very interesting and educational.


    Have you listened to any of Ellen Archer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first time and I loved her!


    Who was the most memorable character of Silent in the Grave and why?

    Lady Grey, of course, who goes through a journey to discover herself and be free of her time.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the sequel...

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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 02-04-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 02-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable read"

    I read the first book of the series the last, so all the characters were familiar to me. I am glad to have finally read the dramatic meeting scene between Brisbane and Lady Julia. The mystery and the romance between the main characters are buried in the background of introduction of the characters, the period, the ambiance of the story, so pure mystery and romance lovers might not enjoy this story as much as the other regency romance/mysteries. I liked the slow pace and the intelligent and funny dialogues. What I did not like is Brisbane. He must have some redeeming quality that Julia sees but I haven't quite figure that out yet.

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    Janice 01-25-11
    Janice 01-25-11
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    "Entertaining story, but bad narration"

    Obviously, in an audible book, quality of narration is vital. We were taught, as children, to pronounce our "t"s, but this narrator seems to actually trip over them. Furthermore there are many laughable mispronunciations, and by the time you have stopped laughing the story has moved on, so that you have to rewind. If you are a Brit I don't recommend this audible, which is a shame because the books are enjoyably entertaining and quite well written. I'll be taking the rest of the series off my wish list. Pity.

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    Toni L. Campbell 06-19-10 Member Since 2005
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    "great story and narration"

    I really enjoyed this story and have now listened to all that audible has to offer in the series. But more than that, I could listen to this narrator read the manual on my dishwasher.

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    Kimberly Weixel 08-14-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable"

    I liked the 3-book series of the adventures of Brisbane and Lady Julia. I recommend listening to them one after another as I did.

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