We join Lady Julia Grey in Italy where she joined her two brothers after the events in Silent in the Grave. Several months have passed without any word from Nicholas Brisbane. Julia is content but bored with life in Italy. Her brother, Lysander married a Neapolitan girl named Violante quite unexpectedly. They had planned to stay in Europe a while longer until a summons arrives from her father demanding that his children return home for Christmas. They pack up and return to England, to Bellmont Abbey with their friend, Count Fornacci in tow. When they arrive, they discover a house party in progress with a very interesting guest, Brisbane. When one of the guests is found murdered and another guest standing over the body, Lady Julia again teams up with Brisbane to solve the case.
If you haven't read the first book, Silent in the Grave, go out now and get it, I'll wait. It was so good, I hoped there would be a sequel. When I discovered there was going to be a sequel, I jumped up and down. Once I got my hands on it, I devoured it. What a phenomenal book. Everyone becomes a suspect, and I do mean everyone. I didn't know who the killer was until near the end. Besides the murder, there are missing jewels, a betrothal cancelled, a proposal, a wacky family, and some spectacular kissing scenes. Ms. Raybourn should be congratulated. She is a master at description without drowning you in it. The entire book unfolded like scenes in a movie. Julia is a wonderful character, finally coming into her own. Spooky moments and a mysterious hero, what more could you ask for. Brisbane is so yummy I could eat him up! I urge everyone to go out and get this series. Silent in the Moor, the third one, should be out sometime next year! Woohoo!!!!
SILENT IN THE GRAVE (first in series) - January 2007
SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY (second in series) - January 2008
SILENT ON THE MOOR (third in series) - January 2009
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.