Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn (a review)

(Just a general market review, that never made it to the blog before...)

Silent in the Sanctuary

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… and he is not alone. Not to be outdone, Julia shows him that two can play at flirtation and promptly introduces him to her devoted, younger, titled Italian count.

But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel, and a member of Lady Julia's own family confesses to the crime. Certain of her cousin's innocence, Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again. When a sudden snowstorm blankets the abbey like a shroud, it falls to Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane to answer the shriek of murder most foul.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was definitely better than the last. To a point I did enjoy Silent in the Grave, but the solving point I felt ruined what could have been a perfectly great mystery. But that's enough about that. I really enjoyed this one. This was not just one mystery, but several wrapped up in one. There was some romance and extreme feelings between various persons and trying to see them was a task. I enjoyed this story, and it makes me anxious to read Silent on the Moor, because I believe it will be even better. The first book I would not recommend to certain audiences, but I believe that most people could read this one without much affect in a negative sense. It is much more tasteful and enjoyable. I felt as if I could see clues and piece them together, when with the first novel it was more of a jolt of information here and there. In my opinion, this author is getting better and better.

Click here, to go back and read my review of Silent in the Grave, #1 and here to read my review of Silent on the Moor, #3.

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; 1st Thus. edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778324923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324928
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.8 x 1.1 inches

1 comments and creative thoughts:

Sheila Deeth said...

It's really quite interesting to read how the books and the writing change. This one sounds more my kind of thing.

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