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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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    Amazon Maggie 04-20-16

    I am a senior citizen living out in the country enjoying nature and my 3 rescued dogs. I like reading good mysteries (even with some comedic undertones); not too complicated self-help books; good recipes (although I never seem to try any). I have quite enjoyed listening to some of the No. 1 Ladies Detective series and David Copperfield (one of the many versions out there). I am looking forward to many more hours of listening enjoyment.

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    "Intriguing"

    This was a real treat to listen to. The ending caught me by surprise. Now I can't wait to listen to Silent in the Sanctuary. I hope there are more to come.

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    Margaret 02-10-16
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    "Good mystery"

    Very good story, well crafted, with interesting and amusing characters.
    Several mispronounced words detract from the performance, but not enough to totally spoil it.

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    Margaret H. Willison Boston, MA United States 06-10-15
    Margaret H. Willison Boston, MA United States 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Implausible but relatively fun"

    Not in love with the vocal performance on this one-- Archer affects a kind of breathy voice that, in conjunction with Rayburn's iffy plotting and worse dialogue, make Lady Julia seem like kind of a dimwit. I might like these better if they were plain romances-- as a mystery, they leave something to be desired. BUT you could do worse!

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    I_can_relate 06-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love these stories"

    I enjoy all of these books. I have read and listened to them each, at least half a dozen times.
    Good characters, interesting mysteries, and dynamic relationships.

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    A. Lindsey 05-09-15
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    "A very good "Who Done It?""

    Kept my interest from start to finish. I'm looking forward to the next one. Excellent narration. I will be looking for more of Ms Raybourn's work.

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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 05-05-15
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 05-05-15
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    "EXCELLENT"

    I am glad I decided to pick this one. The plot was very interesting and I could not guess who the murderer was. The narrator, Ellen Archer was very good. I will be following the series.

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    dspina 04-15-15
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    "Very good!"

    Great read! I was guessing all the way to the end. I can't wait to see what else is in store for these characters.

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    Colleen 03-19-15
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    "An unbelievable story- not in a good way."

    I had high hopes for this book for the first half of the story, but as more twists were revealed it became tiring. It's almost as if the author was trying to put forward modern age progressive thinking by setting the story in the past, making it unbelievable. The acceptance of so many things that were "unspeakable" by so many in the story in that timeframe makes this book more fantasy fiction than historical fiction. And the narrator was awful. Too many weird pauses, plus a monotone voice for the main character.

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    hawkes2063 11-12-14
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    "Watch out - Addiction ahead!"
    What did you love best about Silent in the Grave?

    The story telling and the narration are highly addictive. From the description of the novel you may not be quite sure of what you are in for, but you will be pleasantly surprised by a wonderful blend of mystery and slight romance. The style is remancisant of Austen's "Northanger Abbey", but the skill level is just shy of Christi's "The Secret Adversary". The detail gives you clear visions of the scenes and the plot just quirky enough to hold your attention. While Ms. Raybourn's writing is a great deal of what keeps you on the edge of your seat, Ms. Archer's excellent narration is what will keep you listening. There are many stories that read well on the page, but when put to the ear are just dull because the narration is lacking. This is not the case with this book. Once introduced, you will instantly recognize the many characters throughout the telling, even before their name is spoken.

    Again, you have been warned, this book will lead you down a path of pure listening pleasure and story addiction. If you are looking for something a bit cheeky and fun, set in a very different time, give it a whirl. Just remember, depending on the number of credits you have banked, the first story is free...if you become hooked, this could become a costly pleasure. (But it will be worth it!)


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    Kaye 08-24-14
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    "Meh"

    Read from July 16 to 30, 2014

    Story: 2.5 stars
    Narrator: 2 stars

    This barely maintained my interest enough to keep me listening through to the end. Rather than being a true mystery novel, it's more of a "lifestyle of the rich and widowed in Victorian England" story, which is interrupted at the end by the climax of the minor plot of the murder mystery. I never grew to like Lady Julia---she's one step up from a typical Too Stupid to Live heroine. Anytime she's told: "DON'T DO THE THING," of course she has to immediately run out and do the thing. And because it's written in first-person, from her POV, I never grew to like Brisbane all that much, either, because I was so disconnected emotionally from her and from everything she did and thought.

    So, at least I avoided getting sucked into yet another series.

    The narrator, Ellen Archer, annoyed me with her fake British accent (repetitive mispronunciations and accent slippages made it VERY obvious) and pauses/breaks in odd places in the middle of sentences and paragraphs. I've heard samples of other books she does in a regular (generic American) accent, and she sounds much better--with a better rhythm--in those. (She also does commercial voiceovers, including a series for MetLife).

    I'd actually purchased this audiobook back in 2008, before the audiobook boom, and before there was much information available about the narrators online. I might have enjoyed the book much more had it been narrated by Charlotte Parry, who did the other book of Raybourn's I've listened to twice and enjoyed both times: The Dead Travel Fast.

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