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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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Twisty plot with compelling characters

Love the strong females and enlightened males in this story. Raybourn is a gifted writer and I intend to read the rest of this series, and so shall you. For anyone who enjoys reading Victorian fiction.

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Great series

I binge-read (listened) to all the books in this series. They are all very good. There are a few minor issue with the narrator - words mispronounced for example - but I liked these a lot!

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 05-14-16

There should be a quiz

Very enjoyable book with lots of twists and turns. A first person voice is hard to sustain but the author managed it well. However, the reader was another matter! There should be a basic vocabulary test for narrators to be sure they can actually pronounce words commonly used in books of this genre. VIZcount indeed!

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I have a new favorite!

the reader is phenomenal! I was so engrossed in this I could not stop listening! I have already ordered the next in the series.
it had enough intrigue to keep the momentum. not a boring moment ever.
I will recommend!

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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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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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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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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 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

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.