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.
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Date of Birth:
June 17, 1968
Place of Birth:
Ft. Worth, Texas
B.A. in English and History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1990
Deanna Raybourn's official web site
|An Acclaimed Debut|
|Silent in the Grave|
Murder, obsession, and a look at the underside of Victorian high society laced with surprising humor: this is the stuff of Raybourn's spectacular debut novel. When Sir Edward Grey collapses and dies at his London home -- in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests -- his wife is scandalized when P.I. Nicholas Brisbane pays a visit and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. Together, they follow a trail of clues that leads to a series of surprises and unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a cold-blooded killer just waiting for Lady Julia to find him.
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|If At First You Don't Succeed...|
|"The worst -- and best -- part of those rejection letters was that almost all of them contained some seed of hope," Raybourn revealed in our interview, when asked how she got her start as a writer. "Almost every editor found something to compliment, and many of them read whole manuscripts before they decided to reject them. I was tantalizingly close to getting published for years before it actually happened."|
|Pride and Prejudice|
Jane Austen, Carol Howard (Introduction)
In our interview, we asked Raybourn to tell us about some of her all-time favorite reads. "I am continually astonished by Jane Austen," she told us. "There is a precision about her writing that most authors can only aspire to."
|The King Must Die|
"The King Must Die is just glorious," Raybourn told us about another favorite book. "Mary Renault did a superb job of grounding mythology in such a way that it becomes entirely believable. Her powers of description were unrivaled." Read our interview to learn about more of Raybourn's best-loved books.