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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Entertaining

Excellent narration and a decent story ( except for a rather flat finale ). Light and entertaining.

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Tyler, TX, United States
  • 05-11-13

I have now read all 5 of these books ...

Would you listen to Silent in the Grave again? Why?

Yes, at some point, I may go back over the entire series again. They are all wonderful, light, easy cozy mysteries with a little romance. No graphic violence or boring sex scenes. They go down so smoothly -- like a whole box of chocolates.

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Entertaining

Other reviewers have said it all, so I will mention:

Historical mystery with a hint of romance (might develop in the next few books in the series). I prefer this approach, rather than an emphasis on the romance aspect (other readers feel the opposite). Some good (and sometimes funny) observations of later Victorian customs, which made it so difficult for widowed women to emerge from mourning and claim a place in society.

I suspected that the reader was not English, but she did -- for the most part, I thought -- a pretty good job with accents and differentiating characters. I just had difficulty understanding how the publisher (or whoever is suposed to be in charge of quality) could allow a narrator to mispronounce things horribly, like saying VISS-count for viscount. There were a few other dandies, too. Other than those missteps, which were jarring during the listening process, I was engaged by the story.

I have the second book in the series, so I am going to try reading it instead of having it read to me.

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Silent in the Grave

Deanna Raybourn is a new author for me and if her other titles are like this I'm on a roll. Silent in the Grave kept me slowing down my tasks so that I could continue with the story. The plot kept me guessing until near the end which happens rarely. Plot, characters, and social history - it's all there. This should have been a 5 star rating but...

It's a real pity that the narrator is so awful. These are the most appalling English accents I've heard for a while. The mispronunciations of common words were a real turn-off also. It's to the credit of the author that I kept listening but not again. I'm restricting my Deanna Raybourns to books in print unless there's a better reader out there.

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  • Gina
  • Rohnert Park, CA, United States
  • 05-09-11

A Jewel of a Book

Deanna Raybourn has that rare gift of sly irony that provokes laughter at the situations people find themselves in rather than at the people themselves. A quote from another book, Margery Allinghams The Estate of the Beckoning Lady comes to mind. "Dignity skating on very thin ice."
There are few writers who can present a book that handles serious subjects and, at the same time, are able to make the reader laugh out loud over and over again.
I like the narrater as well. Yes, the accent slips a triffle from time to time but only slightly. What is wonderful is that the delicate, almost surgical, precision of her speech invokes a different time and place. She is perfect for the Lady Julia books. I've listened to all of them and am happily awaiting the next one.

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Pleasant Victorian Mystery

I liked the reader and her accents quite well. I probably don't have the discerning of some listeners but it was easy to separate the characters during the reading and only once, near the end, did I note that one character's accent somewhat resembled another.
It is not an extremely complex mystery but it was enjoyable as it evolved and better than I expected from a Harlequin, (I feel I can say this as I probably singlehandedly kept them in business back in the 80s!)
If you are looking for a light read this is fine. I liked it well enough to go buy the other two Audible has in the series.

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  • Theresa
  • Audubon Park, NJ, USA
  • 02-05-09

Well worth a credit!

This was a really enjoyable "read". It was my first romance, and I was looking for something light, but when I heard them say "Harlequin" I was like, "Oh, no!!" But I've been converted :)
The story is really good, with plenty of twists. I love the attention to detail the author gives, since I'm an historical fiction fiend. I loved the narrator-- this one is far superior to that of the next book in the series-- and enjoyed her sometimes quirky pronunciation. I've since enjoyed the next book, Silent in the Sanctuary, and am anxiously awaiting the 3rd book that is to be released next month.

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Nifty Read !

Had fun listening to this book, kept my interest thru a boring ride, no great epic, but enjoyable. The narrator did an entertaining and realistic job. Just the thing for a bit of "recess from Life".

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun Listen!

I read this book before I listened to and the audio version gave the book a new demention of how truly uptight the English peerage was during the 19th century. The book is a light mystery with romantic tension that will appeal to most people who like this combination. This the author's first book and you can see that the series will continue to grow over time. I look forward to her 3rd book (already read the sequel and am listening to it.)

The reader did a very nice job - her accent was just what I expected and she did a nice job with the other character voices - especially the men. My favorite character voice with the sister, Portia!

Give this book a try,it is a fun, light-hearted listen and you will find yourself smiling.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful