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Following Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary, the newest book in the Lady Julia Grey series has a lot to measure up to-and it does. Freed from many of Victorian society's strictures following her husband's death, Julia feels she's found purpose assisting private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane, but their mutual attraction and his self-determined unsuitability keep them at a crossroads. As Julia descends on Grimsgrave, Brisbane's newly purchased estate on the Yorkshire moors, it becomes clear that it's not just the house that's rapidly falling apart-the inhabitants aren't doing well either. As the characters unravel, the mystery begins. The complex story mixes the dangerous undertones of family secrets, local lore, and the current desires of the living. After Brisbane is nearly murdered, the suspense builds to a wonderfully shocking end. Learning about Brisbane's past, a satisfying conclusion, and the promise of another book will thrill longtime fans. A great choice for mystery, historical fiction, and/or romance readers, with a strong appeal for Anne Perry buffs.