Pese a que Nicholas Brisbane le había advertido que se mantuviera lejos de él, lady Julia Grey apareció en la finca que el distante y atractivo detective había heredado en Yorkshire. Así, ambos se vieron obligados a compartir aquella casona en ruinas con las últimas descendientes de una familia de ilustre linaje, que había mantenido bien ocultos sus secretos. Después de haber perdido la fortuna familiar y de haber caído en el olvido social, lady Allenby y sus hijas dependían de Brisbane. Aquellas mujeres estaban ...
Pese a que Nicholas Brisbane le había advertido que se mantuviera lejos de él, lady Julia Grey apareció en la finca que el distante y atractivo detective había heredado en Yorkshire. Así, ambos se vieron obligados a compartir aquella casona en ruinas con las últimas descendientes de una familia de ilustre linaje, que había mantenido bien ocultos sus secretos. Después de haber perdido la fortuna familiar y de haber caído en el olvido social, lady Allenby y sus hijas dependían de Brisbane. Aquellas mujeres estaban a la deriva, arrastradas por los vientos del pantano, incapaces de cambiar su propio destino.
En el corazón podrido de Grimsgrave había un misterio que tal vez lady Julia tuviera que desentrañar sola, ya que Brisbane estaba fuera de combate a causa del veneno que alguien le había suministrado. Sin embargo, la sangre hablaría, y antes de que la primavera llegara a los páramos del norte, lady Julia habría descubierto un antiguo legado de maldad.
After many years of struggling to break into the romance novel market, native Texan Deanna Raybourn has finally struck gold by switching gears and writing a finely detailed, impressively authentic, and utterly mesmerizing historical mystery titled Silent in the Grave. Now that Raybourn has published her debut critically acclaimed novel, she ensures her new readership that there she has plenty more mystery in store for them.
If there is one thing that novelist Deanna Raybourn has learned, it is the old adage "write what you read." Before penning her critically hailed debut, a spellbinding historical mystery titled Silent in the Grave, she spent years struggling to perfect the romance novel. Native Texan Raybourn wrote her first romance at the age of 23. Although she did receive some attention from potential publishers, she failed to publish the book. Ultimately, she stored it away in a box in her attic. Over the next several years, that manuscript would be joined by eight more, all written in the same lusty vein. That's when she finally had the revelation that would lead to her first published novel. "I lean more towards mystery and historical fiction in my reading, so I finally decided to write what I read," she explains on her website. "Apparently THAT is the magical formula for success, in case anyone is writing this down." Two years later, she had finished Silent in the Grave and Mira Books ("known in my house as The Finest Publishing Company on The Planet," Raybourn says) picked it up.
Raybourn's sprawling debut novel takes its title from a foreboding quote in the Bible's book of Psalms: "Let the wicked be ashamed and let them be silent in the grave." This is the final threat that London society hound Sir Edmund Grey receives before he unexpectedly falls dead in the middle of a dinner party. While his wife Julia initially believes Edmund's death to be the result of a preexisting heart condition, private agent Nicholas Brisbane informs her that he believes her husband's death to be of a more insidious nature. When Julia solicits Brisbane to find the killer, they are both drawn into a dangerous mystery and drawn to each other.
Silent in the Grave garnered much praise from Raybourn's fellow writers, the online community, and the literary press for its masterfully paced suspense and historical authenticity. Karen Harper, who wrote the bestselling thriller Hurricane, applauded, "This debut novel has one of the most clever endings I've seen." Dana Stabenow of PoisenedPen.com declared that Raybourn has a "strong voice akin to Amelia Peabody's, a superbly realized settingyou'll choke on the coal smoke of Raybourn's Victorian London." Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly called Silent in the Grave a "perfectly executed debut," while Kirkus insisted, "Bring on the sequel"! That demand was promptly met, as Raybourn continues to add to her Lady Julia Grey mystery series.
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Although Raybourn says that the ultra-busy schedule of a hot new writer does not allow for much free time, she admits that she regularly allows herself spare moments throughout the day to mourn the loss of her favorite show Will & Grace.
On her web site, Raybourn boasts, "I double-majored in history and English, which means I know how to find Jesus imagery in any book you care to give me, and then I can write a fifty-page paper about it with footnotes."
A few interesting outtakes from our interview with Raybourn:
"I taught English for three years, and my favorite lesson was my Trojan War lecture. It lasted three days. Aside from teaching, I was written up for insubordination at every job I ever had. The first book I remember writing was a diary of Marie Antoinette when I was in third grade."
"I read like a fiend. I knit badly, but I just learned to purl, so I'm hoping things will pick up. I am addicted to podcastsI currently have 600 loaded onto my iPod that I have yet to listen to. I watch too much television, usually classic movies, the History Channel, or Will & Grace reruns. I adore astrology and am always downloading natal charts. I am a Gemini with Libra rising and a Pisces moon."