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Silent in the Sanctuary

(Lady Julia Grey #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  15,084 ratings  ·  1,161 reviews
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 father's houseguests… an
Paperback, 552 pages
Published 2008 by Mira (first published December 28th 2007)
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Lindsay I would say no. There are many references to things that happened in the first novel in this one, and I think it would lessen the reading experience.
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This Victorian-era murder mystery gets a mixed verdict from me. I enjoy the characters and the world Raybourn has created, and I'm pretty much into the tortured romance of the main characters, even though they go months without seeing each other and spend more time insulting each other than kissing. I think Lady Julia and her eccentric family are too much 21st century with their socially liberal attitudes, but I already complained about that in the first book, so that one's on me if I decide to ...more
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Apr 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
I know that this series is generally considered a mystery series, but to me it is more of a romance series. The mystery portion of the plot merely provides the grit around which the pearl of the romance is gradually being formed. As per usual with Gothic romances, the mystery portion unfolds at an extremely leisurely pace and at least half of the fun of the reading experience is the amount of time the couple spends bickering rather than kissing—they seem to get 1-2 kisses per book.

There are the
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, historical
What was only slightly irritating in the first book became a huge let-down in this one.

Nicholas Brisbane hasn't changed at all, he is still the same mysterious figure who doesn't want to let anyone get a glimpse of his real self, especially Julia. He acts like an asshole to her and conceals anything he knows about the case. But what enrages me the most is that the author hasn't developed his character until now at all, he is still portrayed as an omnipotent man who knows everything but we never
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
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
So I liked it...but I found myself skimming quite a bit. It felt like half the book was over before someone even died!
And I AM NOT getting the romance aspect of this...I realize that SHE seems to be certain that he is into her, but I am not getting that vibe. Other than looking at her intently he is giving off some bad signals. Mostly the NEVER contacting you part. This is not sexy behavior.
...and I'm sorry...if you are falling all over yourself trying to get me to NOT fall in love with you...t
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
I liked this one much better. It's what I think of as a layered mystery, with multiple shenanigans going on at once. And while I figure out one almost right away, and another pretty soon after that, there were still more things to guess at and a couple of interesting twists.

Julia's growth was fun to watch. She's coming into her own and learning to speak out. Her family sometimes tease her about it, but it's clear they all love and support each other. She's got a huge family, so seeing a few of
Sep 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Ashley Marie
4.5 stars


Morag might be my new favorite. She and Aquinas are fantastic and if anything ever happens to either of them I'll riot. I hope Florence crops up again, for continuity's sake (after all, Grim and Puggy made return appearances). And we seem to slowly be meeting Julia's siblings - I think we've fully interacted with Portia, Valerius, Plum, and Lysander by now. More please! (Benedick looks like Kenneth Branagh in my head shhhh)

Also, in reference to the whole Trafalga
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
First Read: 24 Jan 2016
Second Read: 4 Feb 2019 (Aussie Readers Feb 2019 Reading Challenge - Love is in the Air: A Series I love). Upping from 4 to 5 stars. Is it perfect? No. But any book I want to re-read over and over is 5 stars in my book. Another murder. Another mystery to solve. Another few hundred pages of Julia-Brisbane chemistry. Gold. Already started my re-read of book 3.

Original Review (4 stars)
I was given the first four books in this series by a friend to read and I am thankful to her
*The Angry Reader*
I am a fool for this series. I’m third in line for the next one at the library. And I keep telling myself that I have plenty to read for the next few weeks while I wait. We both know I’m going to buy the next book by this evening, right?

I’ll reiterate that I’m thankful to have read this after the Veronica Speedwell series. Julia is such a balm to veronica’s prickles. Plus this book has so many similarities to A Dangerous Collaboration but the timing makes it easier. Julia and Brisbane are at odd
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lady Julia Grey's adventures continue, picking up six months after the end of the previous book.

After discovering the truth about her late husband and his death Julia has been travelling in Italy in company of two of her brothers, when their father summons them home after learning that one of the two got married. The siblings, along with a new acquaintance that seems to have developed feelings for Julia, are preparing to go home with various degrees of excitement.

The last person Julia expects to
“Now I was more certain than ever of my decision. I could not love a man who did not love Jane Austen.”

3 to 3.5 STARS

I liked this one but not as much as the first book. It seemed to be slower paced and the ending events felt like an episode of Scooby-Doo. To be fair, I probably should not be reading this series so close Sebastian St. Cyr. That series is amazing and on a much higher level than this one. However, I adore this quirky and over the top family and all their antics.

I will definitely
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I had problems with a few things in Silent in the Grave, particularly the rampant anachronisms, but I found the mystery and characters interesting nevertheless. Unfortunately, I can't even say that for the second book - the mystery was surprisingly dull and while I still like the some of the Marches (one star of the rating is for Papa March alone), Julia herself seems to have confused being rude and full of attitude with having strength of character.

There's a big deal made about the old custom
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Victorian murder mystery. This was slower paced and
not as interesting as book #1. The author gave too many
details about scenery, furnishings, dogs.

Lady Jane & Nick grew closer in this one. After she, her 2
bros and their friend returned from Italy. Jane & Nick
each attracted the interest of someone else. Nick gave
Jane mixed messages. He acted sullen & quick to anger
too often.

Julia acted too calm when she confronted the murderer,
& she needed an assist on this. Preferably the hero, her
Da o
The Lit Bitch
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had much more chemistry for me than the first book! I was so relieved. I felt like there was such a focus on getting to know Lady Julia in the first book and there wasn’t enough romantic tension between the two to really intrigue me that much. However as I said before, Raybourn typically does a magnificent job at developing tension… I was willing to give the next book a try.

I felt like the audience got to know Brisbane much more and it was clear that he is fighting his feelings for
Juliana Philippa
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of the Lady Julia series, not good as a stand-alone
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 lau
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I don't have much to say that differs from my review in the first title in this series. Julia is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite characters to read about. I just feel like she thinks and acts very much like I do, which isn't to say that she always makes the right decision or behaves sensibly. She doesn't. But I like her all the better for being slightly flawed.

I can honestly say that the mystery here twisted enough to surprise me. I thought everything came together quite n
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Insomniacs
Recommended to Hannah by: Hanneybean
Shelves: 2010-reads, mysteries
#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.
Penny Watson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Raybourn hits all the high notes with this book. I can't wait to read the next one.

She has the perfect balance of humor, plot, excellent writing, spots of eerie gothic creepiness.

But the shining stars are the characters, who are plentiful, entertaining, engaging.

Her subtle humor and exquisite dialogue might be my favorite part of the series. Lovely!

Grade: A
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wish I had the 3rd book in hand. This series has been so surprising with the moments of dry humor and the funny moments between Morag and Julia. The side characters really made this book.
Julia runs off to Italy at the end of the last book and has been there for the last 6 months with 2 of her brothers. One of which married a fiery Italian lady.
Back in England in time for a family house party, Julia finds herself face to face with Brisbane and another unforeseen guest. But that's OK, because Julia has a unforeseen guest as well.
A house party is extended to hold a wedding for Julia's young cousin.
The murder doesn't happen till almost halfway into the book, but there's still plen
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I've only read the first two books in the Veronica Speedwell series, but I already know I love this series more, despite their similarities. The mysteries in each book, the writing, the full scope of the story were all reminiscent of Sherry Thomas' Lady Sherlock series, an absolute favorite of mine, which made me love these books even more. I'm already almost done with Silent on the Moor, which is the third book in the Lady Julia Grey series, and I can't wait to pick up the next one! ...more
Wolf (Alpha)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
I loved this book. I love the plot building and how once it gets exciting we get the mystery. I like Alessandro and I like that him and Julia are friends. I felt so bad for Lucy because she took the blame for the murder even though she wouldn’t harm a fly. Also I feel bad for her because she takes the hit for her sister and her lover. I love how they discover that Charlotte is a jewel thief and how they get their things along with other stolen jewels back. I don’t like Emma and I hate what she d ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the mysteries started later than I expected and were solved in quick fashion, it was fun trying to piece who to what. I also enjoyed Lady Julia and her oddball family. Liberal and rather forward thinking for the time, I got a kick out of the multitude of relationships and opinions. Also, whatever is happening-currently not much between Julia and Brisbane-does keep my curiosity alive and well, hoping for a romantic resolution in the next book.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
Silent in the Sanctuary , Deanna Raybourne - I enjoyed the second book in the Lady Julia series as much as the first, and I also had almost the same small criticism of it as Silent in the Grave, which I'll get to. But first, this book functions so well as a character study of an eccentric family of aristocrats that are born to privilege but are also deeply invested in liberal politics and quite a bit ahead of their time, including Julia, the "more conventional" member of her family. As with t ...more
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards, the Agatha ...more

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