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Silent in the Sanctuary

Deanna Raybourn, Author
Deanna Raybourn, Author . Mira $13.95 (552p) ISBN 978-0-7783-2492-8
Reviewed on: 11/12/2007
Release date: 01/01/2008
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 978-1-4268-2726-6
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Fans and new readers alike will welcome this sparkling sequel to Raybourn’s debut Victorian mystery, Silent in the Grave (2007). Left homeless by fire, wealthy widow Lady Julia Grey has been recuperating in Italy. With Christmas approaching, Julia returns to England, where she joins her large and eccentric family at their equally large and eccentric ancestral estate, a former monastery that retains some monkish ghosts. Nicholas Brisbane, a private enquiry agent with whom Julia has shared both a heated embrace and a stint at detection, is among the holiday houseguests, and to Julia’s astonishment Brisbane is in line for a title and engaged. Then a local curate is murdered in the former church sanctuary, and a set of priceless pearls goes missing. Headstrong and clever Julia joins Brisbane in investigating the crimes, deciphering his personal situation in the process. Readers may wish for a bit more romantic development, but the complex mystery, a delightfully odd collection of characters and deft period details produce a rich and funny read. (Jan.)

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