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Silent in the Grave | [Deanna Raybourn]

Silent in the Grave

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.
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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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    Linda Vanderlinden 01-31-08
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    "soooooo gooood"

    I have listened to this book at least ten times. I love the way it is read to where you can't til it is read by one person. and I will be looking for more books by Deanna Raybourn being read by Ellan Archer

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy South Charleston, WV, United States 04-13-07
    Timothy South Charleston, WV, United States 04-13-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Slow plot development"

    OK, I'm a man; I expect the plot to progress, and information shared. This book spends a lot of time setting the mood, much details, and did not "get on with it". This is not a good book for most men. We expect more bang for the buck. The reader was excellent throughout.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Nashua, NH, USA 03-01-07
    Michelle Nashua, NH, USA 03-01-07 Member Since 2006
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    "I can't wait for the next one"

    I loved this book. It was a great story with some very interesting people. I changed my mind about who was "it" so many times... it keep my interest and then some!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 06-03-07
    Anne 06-03-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Captivating mystery"

    This story kept my full attention - I had trouble getting out of my car at times! Intrigue on many levels - I look forward to the next book by this talented author.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Smith 04-18-10
    Carl Smith 04-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Buyer beware"

    Just read the previous reviews before you buy. Most people love it, some people hate it. Ditto for the narrator. Not at all my idea of a romance, which is fine, but I agree with someone else about the creepy male lead. Plot moves slowly and I found myself skipping around to see if I wanted to finish it. Julia is a strong personality and interesting in many ways but I never warmed to her enough to care what happens to her. So it comes down to unraveling the mystery. The ending just depressed me and I was glad to be done with it.

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    Fran Brevard, NC, USA 03-09-07
    Fran Brevard, NC, USA 03-09-07
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    "Looking for the sequel"

    I was disappointed with this book as it was listed under romatic historical. and it is sort of, its a real good who done it, well written, but I hate it when you get to the end of the book you are not at the end of the story. If these lovers get together you will need to find and buy the sequel because although it is clear they will meet again they have barely gotten to know each other in this book if these two will become a couple ever and that is usually what I am waiting for in good romance you won't find out till the next adventure or possibly the one after that. depending on how long the author wants to string the romance along ( once it begins) . What if they never publish it. I will never know if boy gets girl well actually thats usally a given but at this point we see only the obstacles to such an outcome which the auther usually although not always overcomes in the novel. I shall read more carefully and see if there is any hint of this croping up in books I order in the future.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 08-10-08
    Amazon Customer Utah 08-10-08 Listener Since 2007

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    "Very Boring"

    I really did not like this book. The story moved very slowly and the leading man in the book was a creepy jerk. I do not recommend this book to anybody unless you like stories about homosexuality and creepy leading men.

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    Holly lehi, UT, United States 03-20-12
    Holly lehi, UT, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2009

    I love God, my family and my country!

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    "WOW! What a DISAPPOINTMENT!!"
    What disappointed you about Silent in the Grave?

    The book was an interesting read until the part about the same sex relationships. The twists in this book were vulgar and the ending a disgusting disappointment. If your into same sex relationships you would like this book.


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    Deborah.bowens 10-26-07 Member Since 2007
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    I was taken by this book, months ago on Sonic T I started listening to the book and did not get to the ending because of my personal schedule. Sonic T then, started the book again and just by chance I heard it at an odd hour (for me) - I then purchased this Zen V that came with a 30 day trial period and I had to get this book. It was amazing and could not go to sleep until I finished the book. I ending kept my interest and it left me wondering is there another book. This book was wonderful, thank you for making it apart of Sonic T programing

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    Grace albany, NY, USA 03-10-09
    Grace albany, NY, USA 03-10-09
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    "Silent in the Grave"

    The book was true to its name Grave. Who quit a book after getting to chapter 24 chapter, one that just cannot take it any more. Romance you joke. If the author put more into the plot then the expectation of one to come maybe the book possibly could have went somewhere, possibly. My only consolation was that I did not waste precious hours literally reading the book. I am still feeling the pains from listening to it for the hours I did and the use of a creit. I think the English says it best, A total bore.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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