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Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey #3)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  6,206 ratings  ·  608 reviews
In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remn...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published 2009 by Mira Books
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What is with the new cover? This series is so much more than "romance." In fact, what drew me to this series was the independent spirit of the heroine, Lady Julia...think Austen meets Mary Russell (the Laurie King books). I will keep reading because I'm already hooked, but I must wonder whether I would have picked up this series with this current design...I know we shouldn't judge books by their cover, but this one makes me think it is a traditional bodice-ripper which I completely detest. I am...more
It's difficult for me to describe exactly how excited I was for this book to come out. Silent on the Moor was easily at the top of my most anxiously awaited books of 2009. I discovered Deanna Raybourn last year and, after blowing through the first two Julia Grey novels, have spent the last six months in that special agony reserved for the lovers of sequels. Fortunately a copy popped up at a local (ish) bookstore and I was saved from suffering through the last two weeks til its March 1st publicat...more
How is it possible that Deanna Raybourn’s third Julia Grey novel is even better and more thoroughly enjoyable than the first two in the series? The mind boggles at the possibility, but it’s true – in my book Raybourn has achieved the rare feat of crafting characters and stories so engaging that each installment is more enthralling and satisfying than the last. Where the second book in the series, Silent in the Sanctuary, gave readers a more self-assured Lady Julia, now more than ever she wants a...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
The murder, in this one, was the easiest to guess ahead of time. But there were SO MANY subplots that I think you had to have some idea of the bigger crime when you reached the final bend in the story or you would have been completely overwhelmed by everything else that happened.

What I love most about this series, anyway, is that it isn't about the mystery plot as much as it is the characters. Once the murders had been solved, there was still 50 pages left in the book to resolve the personal iss...more
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Christy B
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I was really disappointed in this book. I had enjoyed Raybourn's first novel, Silent in the Grave, but I feel that the overall skill, literary style, and simply classiness of the first novel had sadly deteriorated by this one. First, I think it is clear that her publishers are taking Raybourn's literary pretensions less seriously, judging from this cover as compared to the earlier ones, as well as from the fact that this book unlike previous ones was published only in paperback. It's as if Raybo...more
Lady Julia Grey has had enough. Despite Brisbane's best efforts to keep her safely out of his path, she has decided to follow her sister Portia to his remote Yorkshire estate, Grimsgrave, on the pretext of helping him to outfit the place. Despite his strong feelings for her (and she for him) Brisbane decidedly does not want Julia to come to his new home but Julia convinces her reluctant family to let her go and force Brisbane to decide once and for all what is to become of their relationship. Up...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Deanna Raybourn likes to take some of the most forbidden categories of human behaviour and weave them into her stories. I like that. (view spoiler)

Silent on the Moor was a better book than Silent in the Sanctuary in my opinion. The story contained...more
The mystery was much more of the older gothic style than murder mystery, and unfolded slowly over the course of the book. I enjoyed that aspect of the book. Raybourn has real talent with thinking up multi-layered plots and then peeling back the layers slowly. Like Raybourn's previous two Lady Julia mysteries, the reader is often in Julia's head "listening" to her thoughts on places and events. (The book is written in first-person.) This can make for some slow going at times when the description...more
Lori McD
3.5+ stars

2nd read: Sept 2013
I still agree with my 1st read review. But the dark, brooding nature of Nicholas Brisbane almost overshadowed the book. At times, it feels too over-dramatic -- too Bronte.

But Lady Julia's spirit and the mystery of the mummies is intriguing. And I love the interactions with the Gypsies!

1st read: Sept 2011
I will say that of the series, this book is probably my favorite. Take one beautiful, stubborn Victorian heiress in love with a wild, dark half-Gypsy and add to him...more
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I honestly didn't think that this book could be any better than Silent in the Grave or Silent in the Sanctuary. Well, I was wrong. This was one stonking great mystery. You had hints of what had happened in the past, but still the final unravelling took my breath away. It also took my sleep away, since I stayed up far too late last night to try and finish it.

In this one, we learn more about Nicholas. Some of it is revelatory, but all of it is consistent with what we've learned about him before. S...more
SILENT ON THE MOOR (Hist. Mys-Lady Jane Grey-England-1888) – VG+
Raybourn, Deanna – 3rd in series
Mira, 2009, US Trade paperback – ISBN: 9780778326144

First Sentence: “Julia Grey, I would rather see you hanged than watch any sister of mine go haring off after a man who will not have her,” my brother Bellmont raged.

Lady Jane Grey is put out knowing that the man she loves, Nicholas Brisbane, has asked her sister, Portia, to help him renovate his new home in Yorkshire, Grimsgave Hall, but has not invi...more
Deanna Raybourn has released another chapter in the wonderful story of her Lady Julia Grey. Number Three, Silent on the Moor, is another interesting, mysterious, romantic tale. Julia risks traveling to the far reaches of Yorkshire to find what has become of her troubled but magnetic Nicolas Brisbane.

If you are looking for a different kind of a story that doesn't fall easily into a category, you'll like this book. The cover art may say romance, but this book is great mystery and excellently writ...more
Jenny Q
My favorite so far! Kept me guessing right up to the wonderfully romantic ending. Lady Julia is such a fun character and her adventures never fail to entertain. Deanna Raybourn has a gift of talent, combining a well-planned, suspenseful, unpredictable mystery with a heroine that any woman would want to be, a hero that any woman would want to love, and a cast of eccentric supporting characters that readers never tire of. The Lady Julia books are fresh, smart, funny, all-around great escapes that...more
Just as good as her first and much better than the second, this third novel in the Julia Grey series delivers everything a good gothic mystery should. Broody characters, a dark setting (the moor) and a mystery with dozens of puzzle pieces. The fact that the many characters are well drawn, the humor is classy, and the romance in the background is believable and satisfying makes this a fabulous Voctorian mystery. Write quickly, Ms. Raybourn!
I picked this edition because the cover on the other one looks like a reprehensible prom dress. Love this book, wraps things up very well, quite interesting torment. Although I could see the ending coming, the characters are so good that the trip was worth it. Less of a mystery than the last two installments, very evocative of Wuthering Heights or Rebecca. Still Loved it, hope the series continues!
Oh man. This is kind of a mashup of... Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, Flowers In The Attic, Twilight, Murder She Wrote,, some other annoying book that I can't think of at the moment. Was there a mystery? Not really. And the 'i am being distant and an ass because I love you' crap was ultimately too much to take.
Lady Heather
aah... so worth the wait and the read! I loved how the reader was able to 'see' grow and change into the character she truly was meant to be throughout the three books. I can't wait to see what her next adventures will be!
Miss Clark
Sep 03, 2010 Miss Clark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mature Historical Mystery readers
Recommended to Miss Clark by: Angie
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No matter what else happens in this series, these three books are a trilogy. During them both Lady Julia and Brisbane grow, mature and become the people they are supposed to be, and solve mysteries to boot.

There is a lot to like in this odd couple. She is the daughter of an Earl, with some royal blood in her background. He is half Roma and half Scots, with a Duke in the Scots background. He is very much a self-made man mostly living in the "English" world rather than with his mother's people.

I'm doomed. It seems I have to buy the horrid US paperback that apparently purports that this novel is a bodice-ripper, and while I have no qualms about such a statement, this is clearly insulting to the author whose story well steers into a different path altogether to the typical formula. And all this because I got it in my inebriated, sleep-deprived head to buy the US version of Silent in the Sanctuary. Still, I can assure you (maybe) the Australian version of this book is equally awful, with...more
Linda O
Jun 03, 2009 Linda O rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of light mystery and fantasy
465 pgs. 2009. Fun, devilish fantasy/mystery taking place in early 1800's England. Lots of intrigue, danger and romance for the half-aristocrat, half-gypsy hero, Nicholas Brisbane. He has gained the attention and love of Lady Julia Grey, widow widowed ton. Nicholas and Julia meet in the first of the series, "Silent in the Grave," when Nicholas is engaged to investigate the murder of Julia's husband. Unconventional and somewhat willfull (sp?), Julia cannot just sit back and let Nicholas do his jo...more
First, I agree with the apparently unanimous vote that the new covers suck! It makes it look like a bodice-ripper, when it's supposed to be a mystery. This leads me to one of my reasons for just giving a "liked it" rating to a series I felt had a lot of promise. I feel bad giving only 2 stars, but after finishing the book and discussing our disappointment at length with Mom, I felt it was fair.

The problem, I think, is Deanna Raybourn needs to decide what she wants to write - romance, mystery, or...more
This one took me a little while to get into just because my mind was stuck in the last series I just finished, but once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. Just like the first two books in the this series, the author just teases me by putting Julia and the oh so fabulous Brisbane together for short snippets and conversations that are over much too quickly. I enjoyed the mysteries in each book, but what drove the series is the wonderful relationship between these incredible leading chara...more
Review from Badelynge.
Raybourn's books are very easy to read. She can write a bit but doesn't really succeed at doing more than providing anything more substantial than a bit of light entertainment. This is the third book in the series. I was hopeful that she could pull off some good evocations of what it is like to live on a moor. I live on the edge of a Lancastrian moor myself, so I know there is a wealth of natural beauty and wildlife available to use to colour the narrative. Unfortunately o...more
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This has been my favorite book in the series so far! The mystery behind this one is intriguing, gruesome, twisted, and I loved it! This had a nice mix of Lady Julia coming into her own, Brisbane being Brisbane, Gypsy magic and old scores to settle. Not to mention a crazy family due to some inbreeding. Yes, I said inbreeding (calm down, it will make sense once you read it and very typical under the circumstance, well, one was just...) Piqued your interest? Good, it's worth figuring out.

The myster...more
Ana T.
Silent on The Moor, the third Julia Grey mystery is a gothic and, it seemed to me, an homage to Wuthering Heights and the Brontës (they are mentioned…). There’s a big house partly in ruins, family secrets and a villain working in shadows.

This third installment of the series starts with Lady Julia Grey determined to follow Brisbane and force him to acknowledge his feelings for her. To do so she decides to accompany her sister Portia when she leaves for Brisbane’s new estate in Yorkshire, after be...more
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A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with h...more
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“Oh, yes. I mean to marry him. But not because I want him to give me a life. I want to marry him to share the life I already have. The difference, I think you will find, is a significant one.” 26 likes
“I stepped closer still. He closed his eyes again and covered my hand with his own. 'You smell of violets. You always smell of violets,' he said. 'You've no idea how many times I have walked these moors and smelled them and thought you were near. On and on I walked, following the scent of you, and you were never there. When I saw you in the hall tonight, I thought I had finally gone mad.” 24 likes
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