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Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
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The novel continues from where the "Silent in the Grave" finished:

Returning home after a 6 months stay in Italy with her brothers Plum and Lysander, Lady Julia Grey gets a chance once again for excitement at Bellmont Abbey. The previous year, she had developed a taste for intrigue and danger after helping Nicholas Brisbane in the hunt for her husband's killer.

Once home in England, they find the Family Estate crowded with family and friends invited for Christmas; the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane is amongst them. The festivities are soon chattered when one of the guests is found dead and murder is suspected. When a cousin steps forward and asks for sanctuary, Julia has doubts and once again finds herself working with Brisbane following ghosts and tangled leads to sort through clues in order to solve the murder.

This novel is a blend between romance and mystery driven and populated with richly drawn characters and settings. The premise of the story is interesting enough but I found the introduction dragged before action kicked in, I became impatient for something to happen. The plot finally picked up during the second half and gave us entertaining twists that led to an enjoyable ending.
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