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Silent in the Sanctuary, Deanna Raybourn

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Silent in the Sanctuary, Deanna Raybourn

Post by LoisAnn » Tue September 2nd, 2008, 5:03 pm

I adore books written in a series. The reader gets to really know the characters and the author gets to fully develop storylines. And, a good author rarely disappoints with his/her subsequent books even when the initial book in the series is outstanding.

This can be said of the 2nd entry in Deanna Raybourn's Victorian England mystery series - Silent in the Sanctuary, featuring Lady Julia Grey. All the wonderful attributes of the 1st book (Silent in the Grave) are present in Sanctuary. There is wonderful character development and an excellent opportunity for the reader to get to know Julia's family a little better. The primary and secondary plots are all tightly developed without ever feeling contrived or forced. And, as with Grave, there is a smattering of clever twists - both in plot development and in the characters - that keep the book interesting and unpredictable.

Ms. Raybourn delivers dialogue, descriptions and settings with an easy, natural style that makes her books sheer delights to read. Our setting for this book is the March family home - an old Abbey given to the March family in the 1500's by Henry VIII. Ms. Raybourn has given her main character a witty, clever sense of humor that makes her someone you wish you could spend an afternoon with. In particular, I love the relationship between Lady Julia and her sister Portia, between Lady Julia and her Scottish maid and between Lady Julia and her butler.

And then, the coup de grace - Nicholas Brisbane !!! He is, in a word, wonderful; and the tensions between Lady Julia and Nicholas keep the book clicking along at a quick pace. In one section of Sanctuary, Brisbane is gone ... and I felt like a little life, a little umph, had gone out of the book, because I knew there were not going to be any interactions or conversations between the two. As an "is he or isn't he" love interest, Ms. Raybourn couldn't have done any better for Lady Julia.

In summary, Ms. Raybourn built on the solid foundation she laid with Silent in the Grave, and Silent in the Sanctuary more than carries its own weight. I now eagerly await publication of the 3rd entry into the series - Silent on the Moor, due out in March, 2009.

One more note: I suggest reading the books in order. I'm a "read in order" kind of gal, but I believe it is particularly important with this series.

A fantastic read.
I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. ~ Charles de Secondat

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Post by diamondlil » Tue September 2nd, 2008, 9:14 pm

I loved the first book in this series, but haven't managed to fit this one in yet. I really should.
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