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Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
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Jun 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical, mystery

This is an excellent first novel. Good enough that I've put the next two on my wish list.

It is the late 19th Century, somewhere between 1870 and 1890. Lady Julia's husband collapses suddenly during a dinner party, and dies later that night. He belongs to a family that is known to be sickly, but the death is quite sudden. Towards the end of Julia's year of morning enough clues come to light to make her ask one of the men who were at the party to help her find out if her husband's death was natural.

Lady Julia seems like a quiet mousy person totally overwhelmed by her large family and strong father and oldest brother, but there is more to her. You start knowing that when she tells that oldest brother, to her father's delight, that she intends to make her own decisions about the fortune her husband has left her. And over the months of the investigation she, in her own words, grows up.

One of the things that I liked about this book was the what it was like to live Victorian England if you were very wealthy, and living in a time when things were just beginning to loosen up.
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Reading Progress

June 28, 2009 – Shelved
September 12, 2009 – Shelved as: fiction
September 12, 2009 – Shelved as: historical
September 12, 2009 – Shelved as: mystery
September 17, 2009 –
page 1
0.2% "Haven't actually started this yet. Is is at the top of the to be read list, but I've got library books that have to go first."
September 26, 2009 –
page 240
47.15% "Decided to go with this book first and am enjoying it."
September 27, 2009 –
page 320
Started Reading
September 28, 2009 – Finished Reading

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Wendy Starling I loved this book and Silent In The Sanctuary. I am going to be reading Silent In The Moor in November with Christa. If at that time you would like to join us please do.
I hope you enjoy Silent In The Grave :)

Starling It keeps getting put off by other books in the to be read pile that get shoved ahead of it. Three from the library and one that arrived this morning from a used book purchase. ...[sigh:]...

Amanda I enjoyed this one and have the 2nd in the series in my tbr pile!

Wendy Starling that was a great review and I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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