~E-PUB ⚖ Silent on the Moor ♄ This Is A Wickedly Witty Lady Julia Grey Mystery There Are Things That Walk Abroad On The Moor That Should Not But The Dead Do Not Always Lie Quietly, Do They, Lady It Is England, Grimsgrave Manor Is An Unhappy House, Isolated On The Yorkshire Moors, Silent And Secretive But Secrets Cannot Be Long Kept In The Face Of Lady Julia Grey S Incurable Curiosity In The Teeth Of Protests From Her Conventional, Stuffy Brother, Lady Julia Decides To Pay A Visit To The Enigmatic Detective, Nicholas Brisbane To Bring A Woman S Touch To His New Estate Grimsgrave Is Haunted By The Ghosts Of Its Past, And Its Owner Seems To Be Falling Into Ruin Along With The House Confronted With Gypsy Warnings And Brisbane S Elusive Behaviour, Lady Julia Scents A Mystery It S Not Long Before Her Desire For Answers Leads Her Into Danger Unlike Any Other That She Has Experienced And From Which, This Time, There May Be No Escape
It s difficult for me to describe exactly how excited I was for this book to come out Silent on the Moor was easily at the top of my most anxiously awaited books of 2009 I discovered Deanna Raybourn last year and, after blowing through the first two Julia Grey novels, have spent the last six months in that special agony reserved for the lovers of sequels Fortunately a copy popped up at a local ish bookstore and I was saved from suffering through the last two weeks til its March 1st publication date The third installment opens with Julia s big brother Bellmont trying to talk her out of haring off to Yorkshire after Brisbane when he has made it clear, in no uncertain terms, that he does not want her anywhere near the place Julia, of course, doesn t care a fig for Monty s scandalized pride and makes her way with all haste and several good intentions to the moors Unfortunately, Brisbane s new home, Grimsgrave, is even creepier and decrepit than he led Portia to believe in his letter The whole place reeks of Miss Havisham s manor and, after meeting the current occupants, Julia soon realizes something is seriously amiss in this house where madness and murder walk hand in hand Not only does she face the task of convincing Brisbane of a few increasingly important things, but Julia also finds herself uncovering hidden corpses, accepting charms from Gypsy witches, and thwarting a particularly vicious murder attempt Reading Silent on the Moor was an exercise in conflicting emotions I wanted to blow right through it to the end in one sitting and I simultaneously wanted each page to last longer than it possibly could so that I could savor being back with these two characters I have come to love I had some pretty high hopes for this one The third book in a series such as this comes with a rather hefty share of promise resting squarely on its shoulders and can really make or a break the series as a whole, in my opinion This one truly made it Every hope I had was fulfilled and I found myself turning back to reread favorite passages before I was even a third of the way through the book This practice was repeated at regular intervals for the duration truly the mark of an excellent read around these parts If you like literary mysteries and haven t come across this series before, for the love of all that is holy, go get them now I am immoderately fond of them. Me he llevado una decepci n Sab a que el romance no ten a peso y estaba avisada de su final, pero el suspense y el tema de investigaci n tiene tambi n muy poco peso lo cierto es que la mayor parte de la novela es una sesi n de conversaciones entre sus miembros, que al final tampoco ayudan a mucho ya que desde el principio he sabido el meollo de la cuesti n quiz s porque con un rinc n con tan pocos personajes las opciones son realmente muy pocas Por ahora me planto con la serie.Esta novela ni me ha enganchado. The third book in the Lady Julia series was a little gothic than her previous two stories I thought it worked well, though I felt creeped out the entire time I was reading this book Deanna Raybourn is such a wonderful storyteller I m amazed with every book I read by her I ve been to so many different and unique places just by stepping into her stories and imagination This time I was in the desolate, wild moors of England She s so vivid with all the surroundings and even with the characters..I just absolutely love reading DR s tales Alas, the mystery was decent and I m happy to see some conclusion in Brisbane Julia s relationship I simply cannot wait to read the rest of the series, although, because I know there s only a couple left, plus novellas, I m pacing myself. Since I barely got beyond two chapters, I don t think it d be fair to rate it and thus I won t But can I stomach of Julia essentially throwing herself at Brisbane when he has made it quite clear repeatedly that he doesn t want to see her, doesn t want her around and she is most definitely unwelcome at his house No If it was Brisbane stalking Julia s every step and refusing to accept no for an answer, I suspect we d find the behavior far off putting Even with that issue aside, I find it difficult to continue supporting an heroine who was willing to cast aside all her self esteem and propriety to chase a man who didn t want her And not only did Brisbane not want to marry her, he was being a complete jackass to her I quite agreed with her brother and father s lecture to Julia I only wish she had listened and behaved like the 30 year old widow she is rather than acting like a willful teenager Brisbane s I don t want you denial schtick is tiresome and if Julia had an iota of sense, she would ve realized that a man who was still insisting on behaving like a douche and cutting contact TWICE after getting hot and heavy with her is not worth throwing away her self respect for Besides, this is supposedly Victorian England and her father s an earl why Brisbane hasn t yet been compelled to make her an offer of marriage after the way they ve been carrying on is beyond me.After that kind of opening to the book, I am quite pleased that I even managed to suppress the urge to lob the heavy tome across the room. HAPPY DANCE This one is my favorite in the series so farfor SO many reasons.1 Although I have never been to the Moors, I FEEL as though I have, thanks to the Bronte sisters, so everything surrounding this locale is always magically enhanced to me and usually depressing.2 Julia grabs the bull by the horns and goes after the Brisbane That s what I m talking about 3 Portia is in itend of.The story wasn t very novel or surprising I felt annoyed that the main characters didn t seem to consider the most obvious thing staring them in the facebut its the character interactions that makes these novels for me Everyone is coming around to Julia s new strong willed nature which I find so delightful.My next complaint makes me feel like a sex crazed personbut the romance is all fade to black I mean COME ON This series is obviously geared to adults with all the subject matterits VERY adultbut constant FADING TO BLACKeven the kissing isn t described Why have we been flirting for 3 books will continue with the series, because I am emotionally invested at this point. I picked this edition because the cover on the other one looks like a reprehensible prom dress Love this book, wraps things up very well, quite interesting torment Although I could see the ending coming, the characters are so good that the trip was worth it Less of a mystery than the last two installments, very evocative of Wuthering Heights or Rebecca Still Loved it, hope the series continues I had to order this book through interlibrary loan, but I am glad that I did I read all 465 pages in one day I really didn t want to set the book down Raybourn writes a really good Gothic murder mystery romance Lady Julia Grey is part of that movement that I sense in fiction right now to feminize the story of Victorian times The role of women was definitely undergoing change during this time period, what with Margaret Sanger s championing of women s rights and birth control, plus the Rational Dress and the women s suffrage movements Upper class women s desires to be able to move, to not be subject to restrictive social s, and to control their own bodies What must it have been like to have all your choices subject to parents or brothers Julia is a very sympathetic character to the modern female reader We identify with her desire to pursue what she wants Brisbane without having to answer to her stuffy eldest brother She is fortunate to have a father who is willing to aid and abet I was also glad to see that Raybourn spreads the restrictions around, writing Julia s brother Valerius as a frustrated medical doctor Gentlemen aren t allowed to practice trade, preventing Valerius from becoming what he is meant to be and showing that even men were hemmed in by the social contract of the time.I m disappointed that I will once again have to specially request the next volume of this series through interlibrary loan Plus, I am unsure where Raybourn will be able to take it after the conclusion of this installment, but I am willing to give it a try. What is with the new cover This series is so much than romance In fact, what drew me to this series was the independent spirit of the heroine, Lady Juliathink Austen meets Mary Russell the Laurie King books I will keep reading because I m already hooked, but I must wonder whether I would have picked up this series with this current designI know we shouldn t judge books by their cover, but this one makes me think it is a traditional bodice ripper which I completely detest I am looking forward to reading this latest installment, but I may have to remove the cover when it arrives from. I was really disappointed in this book I had enjoyed Raybourn s first novel, Silent in the Grave, but I feel that the overall skill, literary style, and simply classiness of the first novel had sadly deteriorated by this one First, I think it is clear that her publishers are taking Raybourn s literary pretensions less seriously, judging from this cover as compared to the earlier ones, as well as from the fact that this book unlike previous ones was published only in paperback It s as if Raybourn was demoted from borderline literary to borderline Harlequin over the course of her career.Raybourn s previous strengths lay, I thought, in her ability to create a pure gothic romance in the best style of the nineteenth century, yet to maintain a sense of humor so that the worse excesses of the genre felt fresh and fun Unfortunately this book marks a transition from a tongue in cheek dip into gothic romance to a true wallowing in the most melodramatic and overused cliches She played a lot with Wuthering Heights s tropes and themes in this book, but again without either Bronte s passion or Raybourn s earlier humor, such moments become merely wooden and unnatural.Lastly, on an affective reading level, the romance between Brisbane and Julia became so unbelievable as to be almost boring in this book Why exactly are we meant to believe that Brisbane has become almost emotionally schizophrenic in this book Either he loves or he doesn t his scruples are wearying company the nineteenth time around His unwillingness to marry Julia without money of his own seems contrived and just plain stupid, considering her own wealth If Julia had any sense at all, she d realize that anyone that perverse and contrary wasn t worth the effort And really, is she willing to go through three books again to get him to commit to anything ie children, career decisions, even a dinner menu To paraphrase Beyonce, put a ring on it preferably a book ago or STFU PS Raybourn also demonstrates the most callous attitude to incest and child murder possible.