©2009 Deanna Raybourn; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"Fans of romantic mystery could ask no more." (Kirkus )
This is a satisfying continuation of the relationship between Lady Julia Gray and the enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane. This was first issued with a different reader who was not good but has been reissued with Ellen Archer as reader and this is a great improvement. Nice light listening.
I love this series! These historical/romantic suspense novels are so well written, with complex characters, that I hate when the story ends. For me the romance between Brisbon and Lady Julia is hotter than some of the more explicitly sexual romances I have read. It took a while for them to decide, one way or the other, to be together. But the wait was worth it. The mystery of what was really going on in Grimsgrave Hall was also executed well and kept me guessing. If you haven't read the first two books in this series, "Silent In The Grave" and "Silent In The Sanctuary", I recommend reading these books first to truly appreciate this series.
I was entertained, but lukewarm to the first book of this series. I liked the 2nd book well enough, but I'm so glad I stuck with this series and purchased this 3rd novel. What a great book! Deanna Raybourn has achieved something very rare -- a book that is every bit as fun, dark and thrillingly entertaining as any by the Bronte sisters. Well done! And Ellen Archer has softened her delivery for the principle character, which is a great improvement. (All her other characters were perfect from the first book.) I Really, really loved this one!
I like this series very much mostly due to the reader's ability to bring the characters to life - and make them likeable. Some female readers make men's voices gruff when trying to make them masculine - sort of like Billy Goat Gruff - which effects the listeners perspecitve of what the man is like. Ms. Archer has perfected tones to indicate masculinity which is very effective. The mysteries themselves are a bit light weight but the stories and characters make them very enjoyable. Great beach/pool books!
The narrator does make the audiobook and Ellen Archer is a perfect fit for this author's work. Really enjoyed listening to the diversity of characters (especially Portia) without being distracted from the story by horridly done accents that don't fit the character. If you've read the other two Brisbane and Grey mysteries, you will enjoy Silent on the Moor and await the next installment eagerly.
Read & ride, read & ride, read & ride . . . repeat often.
This is a fabulous read. Lady J and her dashing man are at it again! Right up to the end, I was surprised by the events. It's a fantastic book by Deanna Raybourn, whose imagination, character development and story lines never cease to entertain me. I need more Lady Julia in my reading life!
This mystery takes a while to develop but comes together in the end. Over all there is very little romance in the story. Strong gay/lesbian subplot that the reader should know about before purchasing the audiobook. The narrater has an annoying voice for some characters but does very well with others. Overall just a fair experience.
I did not listen to the first book in the series, but started with a later book, and enjoyed it so much that I am backtracking to listen to the other books in the series.
Unlike other reviewers, I enjoy Ellen Archer as a narrator. Her voice is very pleasant and she gives a distinct voice to each of the major characters.
This book was easy to listen to in stages - a bit at a time. The story stays with you, so you can pace yourself.
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.
I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!
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.
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