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Silent on the Moor

(Lady Julia Grey #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  12,800 ratings  ·  1,024 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 February 24th 2009 by Mira Books
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Hannah Nope. That was all I wanted to say, but goodreads claims its too short an answer. So. No characters in this series develop past what we see in Silent …moreNope. That was all I wanted to say, but goodreads claims its too short an answer. So. No characters in this series develop past what we see in Silent in the Grave. Brisbane continues to be controlling and needlessly secretive and Julia is always headstrong to the detriment of herself and everyone around her.(less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Silent on the Moor is the third book in this LADY JULIA GREY series, and Julia and Nicholas Brisbane are still trying to figure out what their relationship is (and if they even have a relationship). But luckily there are mysteries to solve and murderous people to distract them (and us) from their relationship woes.

Julia, disregarding all the normal rules of British Victoian society, decides that Brisbane needs her and, moreover, needs to admit he loves her. So she travels, uninvited,
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
What the heck? (I want to say something else, but I'm trying to contain myself.)

This installment was my least favorite so far, and really for one main reason. Brisbane. He pushed Julia away for the most ridiculously stupid reason throughout the entire book. (view spoiler) It just got exhausting, and it made
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
The third book in the Lady Julia series was a little more gothic than her previous two stories. I thought it worked well, though. I felt creeped out the entire time I was reading this book! Deanna Raybourn is such a wonderful storyteller. I'm amazed with every book I read by her. I've been to so many different and unique places just by stepping into her stories and imagination. This time I was in the desolate, wild moors of England. She's so vivid with all the surroundings and even with the char ...more
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books

This one is my favorite in the series so far...for SO many reasons.
1. Although I have never been to the Moors, I FEEL as though I have, thanks to the Bronte sisters, so everything surrounding this locale is always magically enhanced to me. (and usually depressing).
2. Julia grabs the bull by the horns and goes after the Brisbane. That's what I'm talking about!!!
3. Portia is in it...end of.

The story wasn't very novel or surprising. I felt annoyed that the main characters didn't s
Feb 19, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Since I barely got beyond two chapters, I don't think it'd be fair to rate it and thus I won't.

But can I stomach more of Julia essentially throwing herself at Brisbane when he has made it quite clear (repeatedly) that he doesn't want to see her, doesn't want her around and she is most definitely unwelcome at his house? No. If it was Brisbane stalking Julia's every step and refusing to accept "no" for an answer, I suspect we'd find the behavior far more off-putting.

Even with that issue aside, I
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The mystery in this one is really pathetic. I guessed it all correctly from the get go. I was hoping that it would change into something far less obvious, but it didn’t. So sad. This book definitely felt like a placeholder. Or, relationship filler.

Once again, I have issues with how Julia is portrayed. Here, she’s just so desperate. I don’t know how else to view her stalking of Brisbane. Seriously. It’s stalking. So, a dude tells you he doesn’t want anything to do with you. He ignores you for mo
Lady Wesley
Upon a second listening, I have bumped this up to five stars. What an intriguing, complicated mystery. Moreover, what a beautiful romance.

Brisbane and Julia are a wonderful couple, but if he doesn’t marry her soon, I shall box his ears. And then he said this:
I will be closing up the house. I am leaving England for a while."
"For how long?" I asked him, determined to keep my composure.
"Until I am quite recovered from you," he said evenly.
"When will you return?"

And I knew that all would b
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
This book was a belly flop for me.
This is the book where Brisbane and Julia finally get together. But not only did the romance fall flat, the mystery wasn't very mysterious.
It was Gothic, for sure. And after reading this, I'd love to see the Moors someday myself. But I guessed much of the intrigue long before I should have.

Anyways, word is that Brisbane has been gifted an estate on the wild Moors of Northern England. It's a falling down ruin, and the original owners are still in residence. A f
I had to order this book through interlibrary loan, but I am glad that I did. I read all 465 pages in one day--I really didn’t want to set the book down. Raybourn writes a really good Gothic murder mystery/romance.

Lady Julia Grey is part of that movement that I sense in fiction right now to feminize the story of Victorian times. The role of women was definitely undergoing change during this time period, what with Margaret Sanger’s championing of women’s rights and birth control, plus the Ration
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
Kaethe Douglas
I'm indifferent to bored by the supernatural element, but I love all the gothicky goodness. Raybourn knows her stuff.

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Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: noir
Should be titled Boring on the Moor. Brisbane is a stubborn ass. The mystery is dull and dismal.
The Lit Bitch
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars full review to come
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked a lot about this book. There were so many characters with great personalities ranging from colorful, simple, deceptive, and funny. Then there’s the twisted family history of Nicholas’s new home, Julia’s sibling drama, and, of course, Nicholas and Julia’s non-relationship! It still ran from hot to arctic cold, keeping me quite frustrated at times! There was also a too-convenient wrap up at the end, but that’s another matter....

Dark family secrets, haunting moors, and new revelations kept
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
My notes for this book just say, "Goddamn it, I love you, Nicholas Brisbane!!" ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The main mystery was a bit too simplistic for me as I figured it out early on. I do enjoy reading about the March family and that probably helps to keep my interest in the series.
First Read: 30 Jan 2016

Second Read: 7 Feb 2019: How misleading is that cover? This is not a bodice ripper at all - this is a historical murder mystery with a side romance....hmmm...anyway, another re-read and I loved it (and Julia and Brisbane) as much the second time around as I did the first time around. More of Julia constantly running after Brisbane that actually got me a bit frustrated in this one which is why I am keeping the rating at 4 stars as a few times I thought "Enough Julia. Show s
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, own, mystery, historical
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
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Bookish Ally
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
One thing I like about Raybourn is that she usually has more than one mystery to solve in the book. I enjoy the feeling that one is untying the knots. Now, I usually enjoy a period piece because there are little nuggets of knowledge and learning but I learn nothing in these books - just enjoy being transported away to be Lady Julia Grey for a day or two - I’m young, I’m beautiful, I’m noble, smart, and independent. I’m wealthy and I have this enigmatic and powerful love interest.

PS pay no attent
Lady Heather
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, mystery
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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
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh this was my favorite of the series so far. I love payoff books. Lots of great Julia and Brisbane stuff.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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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