February 19, 2009

Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn

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 more 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. 

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:42 PM

    I adore this series. Everything about it is just perfect.

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  2. I only skimmed because I just cracked this book open yesterday and I don't want to know anything in advance!! But I did read that you felt it lived up to hefty expectations. That was what I wanted to know. Now, back to reading.

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  3. Taryn1:56 PM

    I agree aboyut being immoderately fond of these books. I LOVE this series and I worry we have a long wait for book 4.

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  4. Anon, I absolutely agree. Perfect.

    Brie, pleasant reading to you!

    Taryn, I know. Finishing it was bittersweet as we have no actual release date for book 4 yet. Sigh.

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  5. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Even though I also worry that we have a long wait for the fourth book in the series, I'm excited to read something new from Raybourn. I have no idea what her fourth book, The Dead Travel Fast, is about, but I'm hoping it will be as funny and sexy as the Lady Julia Grey series.

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  6. Anon, I'll drink to that. I'm definitely looking forward to The Dead Travel Fast. Wonder what it's about?

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  7. Anonymous6:49 AM

    The only news I can find out about The Dead Travel Fast is at Deanna Raybourn's new web site. She writes that it's about a British woman in 1850s Transylvania and will be out March 2010.

    I was hoping it would come out at the end of 2009 so there would be a possibility of having the fourth Julia Grey in 2010, but it seems we'll have to wait until 2011 for it.

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  8. Transylvania=Very Cool. March 2010=Not Cool at All. 4th Julia Grey in 2011=*sob*

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  9. I'm about to start the first book.

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  10. Princess Allie, oh man. You are so lucky to be reading it for the first time. Enjoy!

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  11. I still can't manage to pull my thoughts together to scrape up a post of my own on this one. I loved it, absolutely, but I can't figure how you managed to talk about it without including spoilers.

    And now we have to wait! Forever! So not fair. (And, okay, I'm really looking forward to the new one anyway.)

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  12. Chelle, I did feel bad glossing over it and not getting to go into any of the juicy details. And I agree, I'm glad she has this new one coming out, but it's hard to accept that the 4th Lady Julia is even further away. Argh!

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