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The Lady Julia Grey Bundle (Lady Julia Grey #1-3)

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To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching on the floor.

Starting with her husband's sudden death, Lady Julia Grey is swept into a world of mystery and deceit. It is also the world of the enigmatic and maddeningly attractive private investigator Nicholas Brisbane...

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Published March 1st 2009 by Harlequin Books
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Mar 28, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Good value and fun stories - very much enjoying this series.

HowEVER, I did just discover after reading the 3rd book that I'd been HOODWINKED. These books are published by HARLEQUIN, the ROMANCE NOVEL PEOPLE THAT I'VE MOCKED MY ENTIRE ADULT LIFE. Good grief. I can only take this to mean that they have upgraded the quality of their writers and stories, as the characters in this series are enjoyable and the plot lines interesting and fun. Huh. Who knew.
Oct 25, 2012 Gils rated it really liked it
I received this bundle for a very low price on my kindle. I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did. Historical Mystery is not always my thing. I read them straight through and immediately got the next few. Here is a review of each book as I read it:

3.75 stars. I couldn't give it 4, but it is more than 3.5.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this yet. I definitely liked it enough to keep reading the series. But I am a little torn. It wasn’t what I expected at all. Not
Megan Lavey-Heaton
The series appeals to me on a number of levels. Julia herself is a fantastic character and her growth throughout the novels is amazing. She's a dormant little mouse to start with, but as she discovers her true self, she begins to blossom. Her family -- she's one of nine siblings -- are all fantastic. I love reading about her siblings and how they just literally waltz into her life. Seriously, the beginning of the fourth book has Julia's meal in Europe interrupted when two of her siblings just ra ...more
Maggi Andersen
May 29, 2011 Maggi Andersen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deanna Raybourn had me with the first line of the first book in the series. If you've read it you'll know what I mean. I could hardly put my kindle down until I'd finished the third, bowled over by the level of research and descriptions of life in late Victorian England. The third book, Silent In The Grave is extraordinary. Raybourn's hero, Nicholas Brisbane is a smoldering, flawed Heathcliffe, although blessed with finer qualities, in a Wuthering Heights, Yorkshire setting. Add a touch of murde ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Lynda rated it it was amazing
There are now five books in the Lady Julia Grey series. I suggest that the reader ignore the "bodice buster" art work of the covers and settle in for an excellent mystery with fascinating characters. The author is a master of story telling. Julia comes from an extended family of non-conformists, all named for a Shakespearean character. Nicholas Brisbane brings to the stories his role as a private investigator, given to horrendous attacks of migraines, and his own off the beaten track family memb ...more
Lady Wesley
May 28, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev
I've loved mysteries, ever since starting out as a girl with Nancy Drew. I eventually moved on to Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Dorothy L. Sayers. I also love to read historical romance, especially Regency and Victorian.

So how could I help loving the Lady Julia Grey books? Simple. I couldn't. The three books in this very nicely priced ebook bundle were much more mystery than romance, but that's okay. They were engaging and well constructed. The underlying romance -- which in these thr
Jun 11, 2015 Cphe rated it really liked it
Has one of the best opening paragraphs that sets the tone for the rest of the series.
May 21, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it
Since this bundle encompassed three books, I will give you my opinion on each one.

Book 1 - Silent in the Grave: This was the introductory book and I was sucked in quickly. Although not normally a fan of first person books, I found myself liking Julia and fascinated by her thoughts and views of the world. Although there were times when I did not completely follow her rationale or reasoning, I could see how her upbringing and place in society had shielded her from the seamier side of life. Her hus
Jul 29, 2009 Oriana rated it liked it
While I really enjoyed the first two books of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, Silent on the Moor was far from giving me the same satisfaction.

In the final pages of Silent in the Sanctuary, we learned that Lady Julia was going to visit Brisbane’s mystery house, Grimsgrave Manor, with her sister, Portia. The later was invited by the young man to help him set up a more pleasant household on his recently acquired house in Yorkshire. Of course, Brisbane isn’t aware of this sisterly plan and when he se
Margaret Metz
I'm not sure what to say about these books.

I'm conflicted. If I'd bought the first one individually - I may not have continued on in the series. I believe in realism and don't mind a little "dysfunctional" in any family situation - it can make things more interesting. This first book and this family... well everything that could be wrong is. A love triangle between men... STDs, prostitution, lesbianism, racism, betrayal, adultery,... all this in the family. Then you have a man that not only can
Dec 27, 2013 Stéfanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I normally don't go for novels that seem like they have a strong romantic component but I was intrigued by the historical context and the detective mystery aspect in the small passage I read at the bookstore. I have since purchased all of the books (5 to date I believe) and have never been disappointed.

The romance is certainly present, but it is not overpowering, and the mystery style is far more prominent. I like the main character because she is multi-dimensional and adapts to the other chara
I like the series well enough, but towards the end I found myself shaking my head a lot. The mysteries were good, but the author just kept adding in more and more quirks about the family or the mystery to where I finally reached the point of ENOUGH ALREADY I get it the Marches are EXTREME good grief for the love of all I get it. And seriously Julia was a ninny when it came to Nicholas I'm going to leave you for being mean to me, I'm going to leave you for making a fool of me, I'm going to leave ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
I was so surprised on learning this was a HARLEQUIN romance book. I really liked the author, the pace, the characters and the descriptive way Ms Raybourn colored the scenery in the book so well. I found myself waking up at 4:00 am to get a bit more reading time. Lady Julia Grey was a fascinating character and truly enjoyed the varied characters of her family. The mysteries were plausible and in the very first book, I was stumped at who the true killer was. That doesn't happen to me often. I real ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Mandy rated it it was ok
This series was on sale in the kindle store and I was in the mood for a good mystery, especially one set in Victorian England.

The main reason I kept reading these books was that I loved the heroine. She was smart, feisty, silly in love, and interesting. The mysteries themselves are well developed and kept me guessing!

BUT...there was way to much other stuff that seemed just thrown in there...things that did not fit with the time period or story. Although there was nothing graphic, there were repe
Sep 01, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
I continue my tour of escapist, not-very-serious-minded literature with these first three books of this Victorian mystery/romance series. Here's the first line of the first book:
To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.

Yeah, it's pretty great. The characters, even the secondary ones, are wonderful (if anachronistic in their attitudes) and the writing is super fun. I didn't realize unti
Sep 30, 2011 Liz rated it really liked it
I have never read a series where I felt more like the whole series could have been read all through as one (huge, though it would be) book. The chemistry didn't falter and the characters didn't lose ANY of their appeal in this sequel, which so often happens in series.

The mysteries are good--sometimes the broader parts of the crimes aren't terribly hard to guess, but there are always smaller intrigues mixed in, and I don't think it would be possible to solve each and every one of them, so I think
Judy Tolley
Sep 08, 2011 Judy Tolley rated it really liked it
Three stores in one...Silent in the Grave; Silent in the Sanctuary; and Silent on the Moor. I loved this series all in one. Lady Grey marries, her husband is killed in the first story. She solves the mystery with Bisbane a handsome man. The second and third story takes them to solve two more mysteries. There were a lot of surprises in about the time I thought I figured it out, there would be another twist. I loved the easy read. I did find these stories similar to the series written by Tasha Ale ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-12
I liked these. Good mystery (although the actual dead body in the third one didn't turn up until WAY into the book. i thought I had started reading the wrong series. But I just finished a Thursday Next book, so that's going to happen for a while.)
I will probably read more of these, right up until Lady Julia becomes as irritating as Lady Emily has lately. Then I'll go to something else.
Apparently there's a new Flavia De Luce novel coming in January, so there's that.

But, if this is the kind of boo
Ann Coffin
Feb 17, 2013 Ann Coffin rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Victorian mysteries! Having loved good mysteries since my adolescent years with the likes of Nancy Drew et al, they still are my favorite go-to escape books. Her research and details of settings, speech and character makes these a delight to read. The protagonist is feisty, amusing and fearless--and even though some situations are a bit far-fetched, you have to love her spirit and determination.
Oct 26, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it
Hooked from the first sentance of the first book - Silent in the Grave. Love Victorian mystery and this series is well written. Starts with the murder of her husband and I must say I had lots of ideas on who had done it but was surprised at the end.
The next book was Silent in the Sanctuary and was a better introduction to Julia's family and her upbringing. The third book Silent in the Moor did not hold my interest as well; but still a good mystery.
May 18, 2013 Ryann rated it really liked it
If you've enjoyed Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily mystery series, Lady Julia Grey is Lady Emily if she let her hair down. Both heroines are enjoyable reads, but I'd rather hang out with Lady Julia in real life. Some of Lady Julia's family eccentricities are a bit of a stretch but they're great characters so it didn't bother me. However if you like your historical novels very authentic, you may need to skip this series.
Mar 02, 2016 Deeds rated it really liked it
Lady Julia is an intrepid, sometimes foolish, lady of means. She is impulsive and overconfident but somehow remains likeable. The surrounding characters of her family are varied enough to provide fodder for many mysteries, big and small. The stories are light even as they touch on some rather dark motives for murder in the Victorian age.
May 02, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. Especially good deal having first three books of a series bundled in one ebook. This was a good way to avoid withdrawal from my 20 Georgette Heyer binge. Lady Julia Grey is an amateur sleuth with just a touch of romance during the Victorian age. There is plenty of humor and the novels are fast paced. Nothing deep here, just entertainment.
Finished Silent In The Grave 03-08-12.
I enjoyed this, it put me in mind of the old Agatha Christie novels where so many little threads come together at the ends to reveal the culprit. The writing was a bit dry, but well plotted. The hero was enigmatic, dark and dashing. The heroine was somewhat immature in parts.
Jan 25, 2013 Mandi rated it really liked it
This is light reading, but well-written, engaging, and entertaining. The three-book series contains villains, heroes, a strong female lead, romance, mystery, the's just a rainy Saturday afternoon book!
May 20, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it
A delightful series set among the aristocrats of Victorian England. Lady Julia is not the typical retiring socialite, and she is up to her delicate elbows in solving crime. Just what we would all love to do. First three books in this series come in one Kindle package.
Martha P Futterman
Great trilogy mixing my love of period romance with suspense.

This is a trilogy mixing my love of period romance with suspense. The characters were charming, and the prose flowed nicely.
Mar 23, 2011 LaNae rated it really liked it
These are a little bit historical fiction, a little bit mystery, a little bit romance. Some of the main character's liberated ideas are probably ahead of her time, but I enjoyed these nonetheless. A little bit of escapist fluff.
Aug 16, 2011 Deborah rated it it was amazing
What a delightful series. Lady Julia Grey is smart, sly, coy and witty. The adventures are full of surprizes and I often found myself laughing out loud at her thoughts and they way she tries to be proper in the most nonproper situations.

This is a great summer read. Highly recommended!
Amy Boogie King
Jan 14, 2011 Amy Boogie King rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
easy to read books. Good little mystery novels for when one wants some light easy reading. It didn't captivate me to the point that I couldn't put it down til the last book. Still I really found it enjoyable vacation like beach reading.
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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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