Silent in the Sanctuary

Silent in the Sanctuary

Silent in the Sanctuary

Author: Deanna Raybourn
Copyright: 2008 (MIRA); pgs. 552
Series: 2nd Lady Julia Grey mystery
Sensuality: Kisses

Julia and her brothers Lysander and Eglamour – Plum – are summoned home from Italy by their father, the Earl March.  They  arrive in time to spend Christmas at Bellmont Abbey, the family seat.  However, before the festivities can begin, there is a murder.  As with the previous volume, the book introduces other members of the eccentric March family, this time on home turf.  And course Nicholas Brisbane is back, and he is engaged to be married.

Julia quickly realizes that Brisbane and her father are up to something.  What, she doesn’t know. But before she can learn anything, a guest is murdered — supposedly by one of the March cousins — and the earl informs Brisbane that Julia will assist in the investigation.  Though the March family is used to being the subject of gossip and scandal, the earl wants the matter wrapped up — while they are snowed in — as quickly and as discretely as possible. Brisbane isn’t happy with these arrangements, but he can’t contradict a nobleman in his own home.

I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t elaborate on the plot. Julia does learn something of Brisbane’s past, however.  I wish there had been more interaction between them. It seemed as if Brisbane was barely in the book.  As for the March family, I really enjoy meeting them and hearing about their eccentricities.  Above all, they are a very close and loving family.

I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to Silent on the Moor, due out in March 2009.

Favorite Quote:
Now I was more certain than ever of my decision. I could never love a man who did not love Jane Austen.
— Julia’s thoughts

Started: 1 November 2008
Finished: 11 November 2008


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Silent in the Sanctuary — 9 Comments

  1. Marg – I loved the first one, too! It’s the characters that make this book.

    Beth F – You’re welcome!

  2. I wished there was more Brisbane as well. I think if someone read Sanctuary without reading Grave first, Brisbane would have little impact on them. I did like that some things were revealed about his past, and that he and Julia came to an agreement of sorts. I think that Moor will have more Brisbane, based on the lead up to it at the end of Sanctuary.

  3. Ooo, yes, Moor definitely sounds like it will have, well … I’m going there ….more Brisbane. 🙂

    Brisbane belongs on a moor. 😉

  4. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I think we’re due some pretty good Brisbane time in SILENT ON THE MOOR. He’s definitely going to be pissed at Julia right off the bat so that will be awesome. Plus, Portia should be around a fair bit and I love her.

  5. “He’s definitely going to be pissed at Julia right off the bat so that will be awesome.”

    😀 That made me giggle.

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