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Silent on the Moor | [Deanna Raybourn]

Silent on the Moor

In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close.
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Publisher's Summary

In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes.... A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider, and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil. Deanna Raybourn spins a gripping tale of loyalty and lust, set against the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors.

©2009 Deanna Raybourn; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Fans of romantic mystery could ask no more." (Kirkus )

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    M&M Seattle, WA USA 06-30-09
    M&M Seattle, WA USA 06-30-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Compelling romance continues"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 09-14-09
    Book Worm Merrillville, IN 09-14-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Love This Series!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-12-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 10-12-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Gothic Mystery! Best of the 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lavinia Wichita, KS, United States 04-10-10
    Lavinia Wichita, KS, United States 04-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Sometimes The Reader Is Everything"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne St. Louis, MO, USA 07-11-09
    Daphne St. Louis, MO, USA 07-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good narrator makes a difference"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ReadingRider California 08-03-11
    ReadingRider California 08-03-11 Member Since 2009

    Read & ride, read & ride, read & ride . . . repeat often.

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    "Wonderful, imaginative, and thrilling"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Edmond, OK, United States 05-02-11
    Denise Edmond, OK, United States 05-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "More mystery than romance, fair but not terrific."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer DENVER, CO, United States 09-30-14
    Amazon Customer DENVER, CO, United States 09-30-14
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    "Enjoyable story; easy to listen to"
    What made the experience of listening to Silent on the Moor the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Ellen Archer’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book was easy to listen to in stages - a bit at a time. The story stays with you, so you can pace yourself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Canyon Lake, TX, United States 06-15-14
    Michele Canyon Lake, TX, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bored with them"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-03-13
    Gash Tallahassee, FL, United States 07-03-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm retired and having fun watching birds, playing pennywhistle, cooking great meals, reading and listening to books. Ahhh... life is good!

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    "More gothic than the previous two."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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