Title: Silent on the Sanctuary
Series or Standalone: Series
Amateur detective Lady Julia is back! Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn picks up a few months after Silent in the Grave ends. The story opens with Lady Julia and her brothers on holiday in Italy until they are summoned home to the family estate for Christmas. (Seems no matter the year or how old you get parents will always have a pull on their children. lol) As with the first book I loved Lady Julia’s family. They are loud and eccentric and are far from normal but they all have a deep love for each other and embrace their oddities. Even though society doesn’t always do so.
As with Silent in the Grave there is a murder to be solved and luckily Nicolas Brisbane is there to do so. Which is a good thing since Lady Julia does tend to bumble about even though her intentions are good. As with the first book there is lots of wonderful tension between Brisbane and Lady Julia as well as lots of witty dialogue. I really love these two together and I really love all of the crazy March clan.
The mystery in this book is different than the one in the first book as there is a confession shortly after the crime. But things aren’t as cut and dry as that because if they were then we wouldn’t have a book. There are some twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and the end result is a plausible one. There are no WTF sort of reveals in this book. Just a well paced story contained in a well written book. I found that once I started to read this story that I had to see it through until the end. If you like smartly written mysteries and a good historical book then I highly recommend Deanna Raybourn’s books. They are delightfully delicious in every way.