Review: Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn

Review: Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna RaybournSilent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn
Also by this author: Silent In The Grave, Silent on the Moor, Dark Road to Darjeeling, City of Jasmine, Night of a Thousand Stars, A Curious Beginning, A Perilous Undertaking, A Treacherous Curse, A Spear of Summer Grass, A Dangerous Collaboration
Series: Lady Julia #2
Also in this series: Silent In The Grave, Silent on the Moor
Published by MIRA on 2009-02-01
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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This isn't your average eBook...Have you ever read something in a novel and wished you could see a picture, find a definition, or learn more about it without having to look it up? Now you can with Harlequin's Enriched eBooks. This special electronic book is enhanced with a recipe, list of characters, historical information, and images of a special Second Life event from author Deanna Raybourn! This Enriched Edition will bring the world of Silent in the Sanctuary to life, all without leaving your screen.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. 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. 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.

Lady Julia Grey is a heroine whom I absolutely adore. As you may remember, I spent a whole lot of time gushing over Silent In The Grave, the first in the series. Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn is equally as wonderful!

Silent In The Sanctuary opens with a dinner party at the March residence. At this dinner party we meet Julia’s poor cousins, as well as Brisbane’s fiancé. I know, I know, Brisbane having a fiance knocked me out too! For serious, I had to read and re-read that part, before my mind could process WTF was going on. Also, I was angry over it. I mean, come on, he’s supposed to get with Julia NOT some society lady. For real, Brisbane needs an equal, not a simpering twit.

Outside the cozy dinner, the weather is raging, a blizzard appears out of nowhere and everyone is snowed in! Of course, one of the guests gets MURDERED. It is up to Lady Julia Grey and Brisbane to join forces and discover who the murderer is.

I’m not gonna lie, I love the banter between the two. It’s like they just have this sizzling chemistry that manifests itself in these subtle little jabs. I love it. I know it’s slightly unhealthy, but I love reading about love/hate relationships. And, okay, I know a lot of people look for historical accuracy in their historical fiction, but what I look for is a fabulous plot with great characters, accuracy be damned. Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn is obviously, one of those books. Hello, it is published by a Harlequin Imprint. So you need to enter this expecting to have the pants entertained right off you. For serious.

I’ve read other reviews comparing Silent In The Sanctuary to Clue: The Movie, which I can definitely see. I mean, there are similarities, the house guests are trapped and have to figure out the murderer. Although, unlike Clue, there is no Tim Curry butler, nor an eccentric millionaire out for revenge.

As per usual, I am not very awesome at gushing, I mean, how many different ways can you say, bro, read Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn, it’s mad good?

Other Reviews of Silent In The Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn:

S. Krishna
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About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Haha, I know what you mean about love/hate relationships. They are somehow really appealing to read about even if you wouldn’t want that kind of relationship in real life (and usually there is lots of witty banter exchanged lol).

  2. I missed your review of the first book, but I clicked over now and wow – I’m DYING to get my hands on this series!

  3. Awesome! *happy* I bet you can’t wait for SILENT ON THE MOOR


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