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Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,312 Ratings  ·  794 Reviews
Victorian England. Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends--but dark deeds are afoot at the deconsecrated abbey, and a murderer roams the ancient cloisters. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget--the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane--is among her fat ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by Mira Books (first published December 28th 2007)
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Jan 26, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given how much I loved Silent in the Grave, I felt a tingle of thrill and anxiety as I cracked open the sequel. The first book had what I consider to be a "perfect" ending. I couldn't have asked for more and wouldn't have wished it different in any way. Such endings are rare and to find one at the end of the first book in a series is rarer still. So, could Silent in the Sanctuary live up to its predecessor? I really, really hoped it could.

The second volume picks up several months after the end
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
I've been sitting on the this book, as well as the third book in this series, for a month. Then I got a notice from the library that they're due in a couple of days, tried to renew them for another month, got turned down flat because someone else has requested them, and panicked because I'm not ready to wait a month or two to get them back again. So I read this in one day yesterday, and I might do the same with Book #3.

This Victorian-era murder mystery gets a mixed verdict from me. I enjoy the c
Apr 10, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to _inbetween_ by: alex
I can't stand that woman. I tried. She should be a favourite, but Lady Julia Grey isn't just too Mary Sue (see author's photo) but a priviledged bitch with nine awesome siblings and one awesome rich father, so Brisbane has to be put down for his one kiss (still not described, while Julia being kissed by a few others in the meantime always was - and while I'm bored with purple prose, SOMETHING would have been preferable rather than the feeling a whole paragraph was missing), and Brisbane's bride ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooh goodness, I love this series! A nice break from the urban fantasy jag I've been on. I started reading it in England and the lovely characters and sheer Britishness of it really made my trip fuller. I love the mysteries, however simple they are, and the tone of the book, the sense of humor and the tormented hero Brisbane. Lady Julia is a wonderful heroine, smart and snappy.
Allison (The Allure of Books)
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
I really enjoy the main character - Lady Julia Grey. I'm not a big fan of mysteries, and I'm more than willing to admit to being a snob when it comes to the excess of bad mystery series available today, but I really enjoyed this.

The mystery itself isn't as twisted as in the first book, Silent in the Grave, but the characters, especially the supporting ones, are more fun this time around.

Lady Julia is from a family of infamous crazies and rogues and scandal makers, and it doesn't much phase her.
Feb 27, 2008 ScottK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a bit longer to get into than Silent in the Grave but I did finally get into it. I think part of the problem wiht this book is she brought in way too many new characters right away, then had to give them all a backstory so we would like them,or at least feel comiserate with them. The actual murder doesn't take place until almost the halfway mark. Having said that, I will say that I love her characters, the new as well as the old stand bys, and am glad that alot of the same people are in ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed this one so much more than the first in the series. I enjoyed the mystery, the camaraderie of the March family, and Lady Julia. Deanna Raybourn's writing is fantastic. She really knows how to set a scene and describe it so well that it truly feels like you are right there in Victorian England.
Feb 23, 2015 Kusanagi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Si le premier tome avec son atmosphère de deuil victorien avait des allures gothiques, ce second opus des aventures de Lady Julia Grey et Nicholas Brisbane (ainsi que la délicieuse famille March ^^) a plus des allure de Godsford Park qui rencontre Cluedo en passant par Agatha Christie ^^

On retrouve notre héroïne qui a gagné en caractère, normal, puisqu'elle a trouvé un but à sa vie: enquêter. Au péril de sa vie parfois, mais surtout en risquant souvent de mettre les pieds dans le plat.... ou de
Sep 12, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book of the Lady Julia mystery series picks up just 4 months after the end of book 1. Julia Grey is visiting her brothers in Italy when a summons from their father brings them all home for Christmas. I had a hard time getting into this one at first. Almost the first 1/4 of the book is filled with the travel to England, family relationships, and general character drama. The humor and secondary characters kept me reading, but it wasn't until the murder investigation begins that it pick ...more
Didn't live up to Book 1; enjoyable and necessary if you're reading the series, but a little disappointing

I unfortunately did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first one. It was something of a disappointment after Silent in the Grave , which I had so very much enjoyed, and a surprise, since the overall ratings for this book were higher than the first one. I wasn't as taken with our main characters, I didn't find the mystery as compelling, and whereas the first book had me literally laugh
Aug 09, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooray! Actual mystery solving! That’s what the first book was really missing. Investigation! I really enjoyed the Clue like setting with a murder at a house party. The mystery part of the story is really entertaining.

This series is definitely character driven. The crazy March family and their interactions are super fun. I think I might like the family better than Julia. Raybourn writes some really fantastic one liners, too.

One thing that really bugs me is how Julia is portrayed as the bumblin
Carolyn F.
Re-read by audiobook. I also have the paperback.

I read this years ago and remembered why I didn't finish up with the series. Nicholas is playing some kind of game or Julia is just way too desperate. If they were meant to be together, would it be so hard for him to stay in the same room with her? And the ending just made me cringe. This man just doesn't want you around and I felt humiliated for her that she would just keep throwing herself at someone. Shouldn't he make more of an effort? I'm hopi
More like 2.5 stars for me

This is a re-listen for me. I love the narration of these books and the cast of characters and setting, but this one is not nearly as good as the first in the series. Lady Julia acts like a nitwit so often, she drove me crazy.

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Jul 05, 2010 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Insomniacs
Recommended to Hannah by: Hanneybean
Shelves: mysteries, 2010-reads
#2 in the series was marginally better then the debut novel, but the same problems inherent in the first were still present and irritating here, IMO. (If you are at all interested, see my 1 star review of Silent in the Grave. The only thing propping this one up to 2 stars was a better mystery plotline.

I'll gladly pass on any further "adventures" of Lady Julia and Brisbane.
Morgan Erwin
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Jan 07, 2014 JoLee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I loved the 2nd Lady Julia novel even more than the first one. In this installment, Lady Julia returns to England from Italy just in time for Christmas. Unbeknownst to her, Brisbane is one of the Christmas house-guests. And, as before, their relationship is full of friction and fireworks.

When someone is found murdered in the March family chapel, Brisbane and Lady Julia are forced once again to take up their discordant partnership.

This book was so much fun. I love the crazy March family. I love
I loved this just as much as I loved Silent in the Grave. The main protagonists, Lady Julia and Nicholas, are wonderful. We learn a little more about their characters than we found out in the first book, but it was more of a case of building on the groundwork. In the case of Nicholas, he has swapped one exotic bad habit for another, whilst remaining as passionless about his work as he appears occasionally passionate about Lady Julia. Lady Julia, meanwhile, has come into herself after the first b ...more
Nov 11, 2013 MRB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As so often happens when reading historical romantic mysteries, I think my love of both the historical romance and mystery genres raised my hopes so high that disappointment was the inevitable result. I've heard such raves about this author, and while I certainly found her writing competent (sadly, that's not a given these days and hence worth mentioning!), I was disappointed by how relatively dull this novel was. The vibrancy, humor, emotional poignancy and sharp insight that elevate books of a ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Read in February 2009, and again in April 2011. Review from Feburary 2009 -I loved this second book in the Lady Julia Grey series. I thought that it was much more enjoyable than the first book. I find Lady Julia to be a likeable and sympathetic heroine. Nicholas Brisbane also appears in this book, and he didn't seem to be quite as enigmatic as in the first novel. I enjoyed the mystery, and there were numerous interesting secondary characters, most of them Lady Julia's family. This book was a gre ...more
A fun follow-up to Silent In The Grave. This time, the murder takes place during a snow-bound house party (in an abbey-turned-family-estate, of course) and the mysteries are a little trickier to solve. While the mysteries are entertaining, the characters and dialogue are really the fun of this series. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, since several characters carry over and the first book really explains Julia's transformation from a quiet and conventional Victorian lady ...more
Jun 23, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The gothics I used to read years ago in middle and high school seem like such light weights compared to the Lady Julia Gray mysteries. Ms. Raybourn creates such an atmosphere that makes it truly hard to put her book down. In this second mystery, Lady Julia Grey and her brothers have been summoned from their Italian vacation by their father for Christmas at home. Home is a de-consecrated abbey that has housed her family for generations. Her father has invited extra houseguests as well, one in par ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have decided to rate books like my 10 year old son. If he really likes it, he gives it five stars. He doesn't pick books apart and find tiny things wrong with them.

I really liked this book. I even enjoyed it more than the first one. No, I don't know how historically accurate it was, but I don't care because I liked it! The mystery wasn't particularly engaging, but there was more of a mystery than in the first book. I love reading about Lady Julia and her eccentric family. It makes me want to
Nov 19, 2015 Ania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5

I didn't love this book as much as I did the first one. It started off slow with the introduction of new characters, that I found a bit boring instead of interesting. Lady Julia seemed different than in the other book, she seemed more snobbish in a way. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy it, I did, I just didn't love it as much as I did the first one.

The highlight for me was, of course, Mr. Brisbane (and his relationship with Julia). I love how mysterious he is and no matte
Oct 06, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars, rounding up.

Relationships abound in this entry to the Lady Julia Grey series be they familial, amorous, business or other. I adore Julia's relatives. They are just the type to make reading about them enjoyable and perfect secondary characters. Brisbane I wanted to slap though. Rather hard. However Lady Julia has matured into herself perfectly and handled it all quite well. Once again the mystery mystified me but I have stated previously my ina
This series is totally addicting. Not to mention absolutely perfect for a cold chilly day while your curled by a fire. As I've said before, fans of mystery, historical fiction, or romance should give this series a try. Romance fans do be warned though that the romance is sort of a 'will they? won't they?' kind of thing even in this book here. But for me it just ups the need to continue reading, plus I hear the next book may finally get some kind of resolution in that area.
Silent in the Sanctuary is the second book in the Lady Julia Grey series. After the traumatic discovery of her husband's murderer in Silent in the Grave, Lady Julia joined her brothers Plum and Lysander for six months of rest and relaxation in the warm Italian sunshine. When the Marches are summoned back to England for the Christmas holidays, the family gathers at Bellmont Abbey, where Lady Julia is surprised to see the one person she tried to forget: Nicholas Brisbane. Their reunion is complica ...more
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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A compelling mystery, forbidden romance, and a cast of quirky yet complex characters made Silent in the Sanctuary an absolutely irresistible read. Despite the sizable length of the novel Raybourn’s pacing was flawless, without a dull moment in sight and a fascinating mystery it was impossible not to love the second novel in the Lady Julia Grey series.

The interactions between Julia and Brisbane continue to be my favorite part of t
Silent in the Sanctuary
4 Stars

Returning home to Belmont Abbey, Lady Julia Grey finds her ancestral home inundated with friends and family including the one man she thought never to see again, the inscrutable Nicholas Brisbane. Amid Christmas preparations and parlor games, a killer lurks and when one of the guests is found bludgeoned in the sanctuary, Julia and Nicholas resume their unlikely partnership in order to uncover the truth before the murderer strikes again...

Raybourn’s writing style is
Dec 17, 2010 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in a very delightful historical mystery series. For me these books have all the ingredients to keep the reader entertained from the first to the last page.
The plot itself wasn’t as intriguing as in the first book, but still it brought to life great dynamics within those snowed-in walls of Bellmont Abbey. What has me more thrilled is how I enjoy the writer’s ability to bring even more color, depth and humanity to her 19th Century characters. The reader is getting to know the
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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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