Monday, May 18, 2009

Silent on the Moor - Deanna Raybourn

I have been hanging out for Silent on the Moor ever since I finished the first two Lady Julia Grey books, and it did not disappoint. It was, in fact, wonderful, fabulous, utterly satisfying!

Here's the blurb:

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 remnants of an ancient family—the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes….

A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil.
If you're not reading this series, you must! I'd recommend starting with the first book, Silent in the Grave, because though the mysteries all stand alone, Julia and Brisbane's relationship grows through the books.

You can check out excerpts and book details on
Deanna Raybourn's website.

I know several of you are already reading this series. Are there any you'd recommend as being similar?


T said...

I haven't tried this series...yet.
Anyway, Nalini, do you know when you're going to update the website again?


Nalini Singh said...

I'm hoping to send in the updates today, which means they should be done this week. I was a bit slow this month, but there'll be a short story to make up for it. :)

Marg said...

Have you tried reading Tasha Alexander's series which features Lady Emily Ashton. That series starts with And Only to Deceive.

Pissenlit said...

I requested the previous books through the inter-library loan system awhile back and now they're at my branch, ready for pick-up(yay!) though I have to wait till Tuesday because tomorrow's a holiday.

Nalini Singh said...

Marg, thanks for the rec. I'm going to give them a go!

Another one that came up on Amazon as recommended was C.S. Harris - the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries. They look good, too.

orannia said...

I LOVE Deanna Raybourn's book - October 2010 is too long to wait for the next one!

I was just about to recommend the CS Harris book - they are probably more suspense than romance, but very good! I have the second book - When Gods Die - sitting on my bedside table!

...but there'll be a short story to make up for it. :)SQUEE!

ShellBell said...

Oh no ... another author to add to my wish list!!!!

Una said...

I haven't tried this series. What would the genre be? Historical romance/mystery? It sounds really good, I'll be adding it to my list. Thank you!

Nalini Singh said...

Una, it's a bit of all that. :)

FD said...

I very much like these also.
Anne Perry's William Monk & Hester Latterly series - Victorian set series about a nurse & a P.I. Deep, detailed, and intensely emotional.
Laurie R. King's Mary Russell series - Sherlock Holmes pastiches, but so much more.
And if you don't mind contemporary, I highly recommend Julia Spencer-Fleming's Millers Kill series. Murder mysteries entwined with a powerful romance arc, and an Episcopalian priest and a small-town Chief of Police as the protags.
Also: Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series (warning: Book 9 will break your heart) and Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon series.