Silent on the Moor

Silent on the Moor

by Deanna Raybourn

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Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family—the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes….

A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488058363
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 11/11/2019
Series: A Lady Julia Grey Mystery , #3
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 43,895
File size: 647 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.

Hometown:

Williamsburg, Virginia

Date of Birth:

June 17, 1968

Place of Birth:

Ft. Worth, Texas

Education:

B.A. in English and History, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1990

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Julia Grey, I would rather see you hanged than watch any sister of mine go haring off after a man who will not have her," my brother Bellmont raged. "And Portia, I am thoroughly appalled that you would not only condone such behaviour, but abet it by accompanying Julia. You are her elder sister. You ought to set an example." I sighed and stared longingly at the whisky decanter. Portia and I had known that the summons to our father's London townhouse was a thinly-veiled ambush, but I do not think either of us had expected the attack to be so quick, nor so brutal. We had scarcely taken our seats in Father's comfortable library before our eldest brother launched into a tirade against our proposed visit to Yorkshire. Father, ensconced behind his vast mahogany desk, said nothing. His expression was inscrutable behind his half-moon spectacles.

Catching my wistful glance, Portia rose and poured us both glasses of whisky. "Take this, dearest," she urged. "Bellmont is in rare form. He will surely rail at us until supper unless he has an apoplexy first," she finished cheerfully.

Bellmont's already high colour deepened alarmingly. "You may well jest about this, but it is unacceptable for Julia to accept an invitation to stay with Brisbane at his country house. He is an unmarried man, and she is a widow of thirty. Even if you are there to chaperone, Portia, you must admit, it would be a complete violation of propriety."

"Oh, Julia hasn't been invited," Portia responded helpfully. "I was. Julia rather invited herself."

Bellmont clicked his teeth together and drew in a deep breath, his nostrils going white at the edges. "If that is supposed to offer me comfort, it is a cold one, I assure you."

Portia shrugged and sipped at her whisky. Bellmont turned to me, deliberately softening his tone. At more than forty years of age and heir to our father's earldom, he had long since grown accustomed to having his own way. It was only with his eccentric family that his success was mixed. With a cunning blend of sternness, cajolery, and logic, he was sometimes able to bend us to his will, but just as often he found himself not speaking to more than one of his nine siblings. Now he attempted an appeal to my reason.

"Julia, I understand you were quite bereft when Edward died. You were very young to be a widow, and I am sympathetic to the fact that you felt compelled to search out your husband's murderer." I raised my brows. He had not been so sympathetic at the time. When I had unmasked my husband's killer in a dramatic scene during which my town-house was burned down and I nearly lost my life, Bellmont had actually stopped speaking to me for two months. Apparently, murder is a failing of the middle classes only. Aristocrats are supposed to be above such unpleasantness.

He went on. "I realise your connection with Mr. Brisbane was a necessary evil at the time. He has proved himself a thoroughly capable inquiry agent and, mercifully, a discreet one. But your association with this man cannot continue. I do not know what Father was thinking to invite him to Bellmont Abbey at Christmas, but it was badly done, and it has given you ideas."

"And God knows women mustn't have ideas," Portia murmured into her glass. Bellmont did not even bother to look at her. We were well-accustomed to Portia's pointed asides.

I looked helplessly at Father, who merely shrugged and poured himself a glass of whisky. If Bellmont continued on we should become a family of inebriates.

"Monty," I began, deliberately sweetening my tone, "I do appreciate your concern. But Father has already explained to you Brisbane was there to pursue an investigation. He left before the family arrived for Christmas. You did not even see him. I have never invited him to accompany me to your home, nor have I ever foisted him upon you in any social situation, although he would not be entirely out of place. His great-uncle is the Duke of Aberdour, you know."

Bellmont rubbed a hand over his face, smoothing the furrows that marked his handsome brow. "My dear, his antecedents are quite immaterial. He is in trade. He is a half-Gypsy vagabond who makes his living by dealing in the sordid miseries of others. His exploits are fodder for the newspapers, and we have been dragged through those rather enough at present," he finished, shooting Father a look that was ripe with bitterness.

Father waved an indolent hand. "Do not blame me, boy. I did my best to sweep the entire matter under the carpet, as did Brisbane." That much was true. The newspapers, through Father's influence and Brisbane's connections, had taken little enough notice of the events at Bellmont Abbey, although a few rather distasteful morsels had found their way into print.

Bellmont swung round to face Father while Portia and I huddled closer to one another on the sofa and drank our whisky.

"I am not unaware of your efforts, Father. But the press have always been interested in our little peccadilloes, and you have simply not done enough to keep them at bay, particularly when you were so indiscreet as to entertain your mistress at the same Christmas party as your children and grandchildren."

"A hit, a palpable hit," Portia whispered. I stifled a giggle. Bellmont was being rather unfair to Father. He had exercised as much authority over the press in the matter as he could. Considering what had actually transpired at the Abbey, we were lucky it had not become the scandal of the century.

"Madame de Bellefleur is not my mistress," Father said, puffing his cheeks indignantly. "She is my friend, and I shall thank you to speak of her respectfully."

"It does not matter what she is," Bellmont pointed out acidly. "It only matters what they say she is. Do you have any notion how damaging such stories could be to me, to my children? Orlando is considering a run for Parliament when he is established, and Virgilia is to be presented this season. Her chances for a good match could be completely overthrown by your conduct, and it will not improve matters for her aunts to be seen chasing off to Yorkshire to stay with a bachelor of questionable reputation."

Portia stirred. "I should think the fact that I live openly with a woman would be far more damaging to her chances for a society marriage," she remarked coolly.

Bellmont flinched. "Your relationship with Jane is something to which I have become reconciled over these past ten years. It is a credit to Jane that she lives quietly and does not care to move in society."

Portia's eyes glinted ominously, and I laid a warning hand on her wrist. "Jane is the love of my life, Bellmont, not a pet to be trained."

Father held up a hand. "Enough. I will not have you quarrelling like dogs over an old bone. I thought we buried that particular issue long ago. Bellmont, you forget yourself. I have permitted you to abuse your sisters and me quite long enough."

Bellmont opened his mouth to protest, but Father waved him off. "You have a care for your sisters' reputations, and that does you credit, but I must observe for a man so often hailed as one of the greatest brains of his generation, you are remarkably obtuse about women. You've been married going on twenty years, boy. Have you not yet learned that it is easier to pull a star down from the heavens than to bend a woman to your will? The most tractable of women will kick over the traces if you insist upon obedience and, in case it has escaped your notice, your sisters are not the most tractable of women. No, if they are intent upon going to Yorkshire, go they will."

Portia flicked a triumphant gaze at Bellmont who had gone quite pale under the angry wash of red over his fair complexion. I took another sip of my whisky and wondered not for the first time why my parents had found it necessary to have so many children.

"Father," Bellmont began, but Father rose, straightening his poppy-coloured waistcoat and raising a hand.

"I know. You are worried for your children, as you should be, and I will see that their chances are not damaged by the actions of their aunts." He paused, for dramatic effect no doubt, then pronounced in ringing tones, "Your sisters will travel under the protection of their brother, Valerius."

Portia and I gaped at him, stunned to silence. Bellmont was quicker off the mark. Mollified, he nodded at Father. "Very well. Valerius is thoroughly incapable of controlling them, but at least his presence will lend the appearance of respectability. Thank you, Father." He turned to leave, giving us a piercing look. "I suppose it would be too much to ask that you conduct yourselves like ladies, but do try," he offered as a parting shot.

Portia was still sputtering when the footman shut the door behind him. "Honestly, Father, I do not see why you didn't have him drowned as a child. You've four other sons, what's one at the bottom of the pond?"

Father shrugged. "I would have drowned him myself had I known he would turn out Tory. I know you want to remonstrate with me over the suggestion of travelling with Valerius, but I want to talk to your sister. Leave us to chat a moment, will you, my dear?" he said to Portia.

She rose gracefully and turned, pulling a face at me as she went. I tried not to fidget, but I felt suddenly shy and uncertain. I smiled up at Father winsomely and attempted to divert the conversation.

"Valerius will be simply furious with you, Father. You know he hates to leave London, and he is devoted to his work with Dr. Bent. He's just bought a new microscope."

It might have been a good diversion under other circumstances. Father could rant easily for an hour on the subject of Valerius and his unsuitable interest in medicine. But he had other game afoot.

He turned to me, folding his arms across his chest. "Do not look to distract me," he said sternly. "What the devil do you mean by hunting Brisbane like a fox? Monty is right, though I would not give him the satisfaction of saying so in front of him. It is damned unseemly and shows a distinct lack of pride. I reared you for better."

I smoothed my skirts under nervous fingers. "I am not hunting Brisbane. He asked Portia to come and help him sort out the estate. Apparently the former owner left it in a frightful state and Brisbane hasn't any lady to act as chatelaine and put things in order." I opened my eyes very wide to show I was telling the truth.

"Nicholas Brisbane is entirely capable of ordering his own bedsheets and hiring his own cook," he commented, narrowing his gaze.

"There is nothing sinister afoot," I assured him. "Brisbane wrote in January to accept Portia's offer to help arrange his household. He told her to wait until April when the weather would be more hospitable. That is the whole of it."

"And how did you become involved?" Father demanded.

"I saw the letter and thought springtime on the moors sounded very pleasant."

Father shook his head slowly. "Not likely. You mean to settle this thing between you, whatever it is."

I twisted a bit of silken cushion fringe in my fingers and looked away. "It is complicated," I began.

"Then let us have it simply," he cut in brutally. "Has he offered you marriage?"

"No." My voice was nearly inaudible, even to my own ears.

"Has he given you a betrothal ring?"

"No."

"Has he ever spoken of marrying you?"

"No."

"Has he written to you since he left for Yorkshire?"

"No."

My replies dropped like stones, heavy with importance. He waited a long moment and the only sounds were the soft rustling of the fire on the hearth and the quiet ticking of the mantel clock.

"He has offered you nothing, made no plans for the future, has not even written. And still you mean to go to him?" His voice was soft now, free of judgment or recrimination, and yet it stung like salt on a wound.

I raised my gaze to his. "I must. I will know when I see him again. If there is nothing there, I will return to London by the first train and never speak of him again, never wonder what might have been. But if there is a chance that he feels for me—" I broke off. The rest of it need not be spoken aloud.

"And you are quite determined?"

"Quite," I said, biting off the word sharply. He said nothing for a moment, but searched my face, doubtless looking for any sign that I was less than resolute and might be persuaded to abandon my plans.

At length he sighed, then drained the last of his whisky. "Go then. Go under Valerius' protection, however feeble that may be, and find out if Brisbane loves you. But I tell you this," he said, folding me into his embrace and pressing a kiss into my hair, "I may be above seventy years of age, but I still fence every day and if the blackguard hurts you I will hunt him down and leave a stiletto in his heart."

"Thank you, Father. That is very comforting."

Dinner that evening was a peculiarly quiet affair. Portia was a charming hostess and kept an admirable table. She was renowned for the quality of her food and wines as well as the excellence of the company. She knew the most interesting people and often invited them to little suppers arranged to show them to perfection, like gems in a thoughtful setting. But that night there were only ourselves—Portia, her belovedJane, and me. We were all of us occupied with our own thoughts and said little, our silences punctuated with phlegmy snorts from Portia's vile pet, Mr. Pugglesworth, asleep under the table.

After one particularly nasty interlude, I laid down my knife. "Portia, must you have that dog in the dining room? He is putting me quite off my food."

She waved a fork at me. "Do not be peevish just because Bellmont took you to task today."

"Puggy is rather foul," Jane put in quietly. "I will remove him to the pantry."

She rose and collected the animal, coaxing him out with a bit of stewed prune. Portia watched her, saying nothing. They were a study in contrasts, each lovely in her own way, but different as chalk and cheese. Portia had a fine-boned elegance, coupled with the classic March family colouring of dark hair faintly touched with red and wide green eyes. She dressed flamboyantly, in colours suited to the pale alabaster of her skin, always in a single hue from head to toe.

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Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
debbook More than 1 year ago
Silent on the Moor is third in the Lady Julia Grey Victorian mystery series by Deanna Raybourn. In this third installment, we have Julia following the handsome private investigator, Nicholas Brisbane, to the moors of Yorkshire. Julia first met Brisbane after her husband was murdered in the first book, Silent in the Grave. Julia comes from wealth, a large eccentric family. Brisbane is half Gypsy, half English. But Julia does not care about propriety and has followed Brisbane on the pretense of keeping her sister Portia company, while Portia sets up household for Brisbane at Grimsgrave Hall, the manor that he has recently purchased. Brisbane does not think he is good enough for the young widow, Lady Julia, and tries to drive her away. But she is determined to settle things between them once and for all. But first she has to solve the mystery of the hidden mummy babies, and the attempted murder by poison of Nicholas. The Allenby's are the former owners of Grimsgrave Hall and the mother and her two daughters are still living there while a cottage is being prepared for them. They had to sell the manor after the son squandered the family money before his death from malaria. Julia discovers Brisbane's ties to the family and the reason he has bought this rundown manor and the plans they have for him. I love the Lady Julia series. The more recent book covers portray these books as bodice ripper romances. But they are not, they are well-written mysteries with complex plots and fascinating characters. Of course, the chemistry between Julia and Brisbane doesn't hurt either. Julia is very stubborn and headstrong and ignores Brisbane's warnings of danger and is often involved in scandalous behavior. And though he is loathe to admit it, he needs her help. This is a perfect read to snuggle up with on a cold night. Though these books could be read as stand alone, I really recommend starting at the beginning to really get the history and flavor of the series. You don't want to miss any of these books. They only downside is that this is the last book until Raybourn writes another, which I hope will be soon. I look forward to more adventures of Nicholas and Lady Julia! http://bookmagic418.blogspot.com/
magggs More than 1 year ago
I had great anticipation for this Raybourn sequel and it did not disappoint. Her main characters continue to be original and well-constructed, and her plots involving and satisfying. This book owes a lot to the Brontes, and even to Conan Doyle's Hound of the Baskervilles, but while it revisits the familiar Victorian themes of class disparity,loneliness and human contradiction, and paints a very gothic portrait of the moors, it's also fast paced and very modern in it's appeal, and in the character of the heroine and her sister.The hero is a bit stereotypically brooding and inscrutable at times, but he never seems to be acting out of character, and the final resolution of conflict and tension between the two main characters is entirely believable. I hope Raybourn continues to give us many more of these intelligent and entertaining ventures into reviving the Gothic romance.
SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
Lady Julia Grey has had enough. Despite Brisbane's best efforts to keep her safely out of his path, she has decided to follow her sister Portia to his remote Yorkshire estate, Grimsgrave, on the pretext of helping him to outfit the place. Despite his strong feelings for her (and she for him) Brisbane decidedly does not want Julia to come to his new home but Julia convinces her reluctant family to let her go and force Brisbane to decide once and for all what is to become of their relationship. Upon arriving at the mysterious Grimsgrave, Julia finds things are not as calm as they appeared and she slowly unravel mystery after mystery surrounding the the previous owners of Grimsgrave and their connection to Brisbane. All my favorite elements from previous books are once again out in force - gypsies, the quirky Grim, servants who will happily spill gossip for a chance to chat with the lovely Lady Julia, and of course, bodies that keep popping up. Not to mention Julia's frequent interactions with her hilarious family - Julia and Portia's exhangces frequently had me in stitches. This third installment of Raybourn's fantastic series is a real standout. I felt the mystery itself was much more unexpected yet entirely believable and for that reason more horrifying. Julia really comes into her own as well. Always outspoken, she finds herself for the first time on equal footing with Brisbane and adeptly holds her own. I loved it. Lady Julia Grey is my hero. Not only is smart and an extremely good dresser but she just so happens to expertly solve the most puzzling mysteries that normal people would run screaming away from. Her curiosity is one of her most intriguing characteristics - she is logical, methodical and can give one cutting remark. I love her. I want to be her. And I also want Brisbane. And Ms. Raybourne, just so you know, I sleep much better at night just thinking that a Brisbane could possibly be wandering around this earth. Thank you. seemichelleread.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(First I should state that I would LOVE to see this series put on film by only the best producers/directors.) I was introduced to this author by a local bookstore employee and have been hooked since the first, "Silent in the Grave". I agree with the other posts on three points...I prefered the more mysterious covers of the previous two books, waiting for this to become available was a KILLER and one needs to pace oneself so as to savor the book as long as you can. I preordered with B&N and it arrived just in time to make winter temporarily disappear. Deanna Raybourn has a writing style that appeals to me as a reader. She draws you into a lovely scene and the story unfolds with a mesmerizing effect that the reader forgets they are turning pages. Then you realize, the chapter breaks and you see the beautiful quotes and scroll work to indicate that you have been entranced. Some plots I presumed to have had figured out but was grateful that I had not. Descriptions were wonderful. You can feel the emotions, smell the odors, hear the sounds. A delightful way to treat your eyes. I look forward to many more novels written by Ms. Raybourn.
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silent on the Moor is third in the Lady Julia Grey Victorian mystery series by Deanna Raybourn.In this third installment, we have Julia following the handsome private investigator, Nicholas Brisbane, to the moors of Yorkshire. Julia first met Brisbane after her husband was murdered in the first book, Silent in the Grave. Julia comes from wealth, a large eccentric family. Brisbane is half Gypsy, half English. But Julia does not care about propriety and has followed Brisbane on the pretense of keeping her sister Portia company, while Portia sets up household for Brisbane at Grimsgrave Hall, the manor that he has recently purchased. Brisbane does not think he is good enough for the young widow, Lady Julia, and tries to drive her away. But she is determined to settle things between them once and for all. But first she has to solve the mystery of the hidden mummy babies, and the attempted murder by poison of Nicholas. The Allenby's are the former owners of Grimsgrave Hall and the mother and her two daughters are still living there while a cottage is being prepared for them. They had to sell the manor after the son squandered the family money before his death from malaria. Julia discovers Brisbane's ties to the family and the reason he has bought this rundown manor and the plans they have for him.I love the Lady Julia series. The more recent book covers portray these books as bodice ripper romances. But they are not, they are well-written mysteries with complex plots and fascinating characters. Of course, the chemistry between Julia and Brisbane doesn't hurt either. Julia is very stubborn and headstrong and ignores Brisbane's warnings of danger and is often involved in scandalous behavior. And though he is loathe to admit it, he needs her help.This is a perfect read to snuggle up with on a cold night. Though these books could be read as stand alone, I really recommend starting at the beginning to really get the history and flavor of the series. You don't want to miss any of these books.They only downside is that this is the last book until Raybourn writes another, which I hope will be soon. I look forward to more adventures of Nicholas and Lady Julia!
shomchick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is excellent. Book 3 takes place on the Moors and has Lady Jane Grey following Brisbane to his new home. She can't leave the secrets alone but I was disgusted with him because he knew answers and didn't tell her, letting her get into trouble. Each time she was ready to give up on him and leave, something happens that has her taking care of him again. In spite of being disgusted with him, I couldn't put the book down.
cuffindell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Victorian sleuth Lady Julia Grey follows her erstwhile suitor, thehandsome and enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane, to his new manor house on thestark Yorkshire moors, she sets off a chain of events which will end inmadness and murder. Well-written and brimming with dark secrets andbrooding characters, Silent on the Moor is a deliciously Gothic tale ofmystery and romance.
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing book #3 in the Lady Julia Grey series. I loved everything about this book, and was thoroughly happy with its conclusion. Looking forward to the remaining books in this series :-) The only thing I would change about this book would be the cover which was a little too Harlequin Romance for my taste.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been reading a number of historical mysteries lately and I have found few as entertaining as the Lady Julia Grey series. The third book, Silent on the Moor, follows the pattern of the first two books, with Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane unraveling mysteries and long-kept secrets while also attempting to keep their own mutual attraction at bay. I do not want to spoil the ending, but I must say I have been awaiting this conclusion since the first book!
AnneBrear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silent on the Moor is the third book in the Lady Grey Series and very enjoyable. Set in Yorkshire, England 1889, the book follows the story of Julia (Lady Grey) as she follows her heart and tries to make private investigator Nicholas Brisbane see sense and admit his love for her. (They are both stubborn mules)With murder, mystery investigations, plot twists and family troubles, secrets are revealed and decisions are made to bring the excellent story to a satisfying end.
wbarker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perfect for : Personal reading, book club read (the book does have discussion questions)In a nutshell: I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down! This is the third book in the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries, and it may just be my favorite of the three! This book finds Lady Julia and her sister Portia (accompanied by Valerius, one of their brothers) travelling to Nicholas Brisbane's newly acquired estate in Yorkshire. Once there, mystery surrounds the Allenby family who still resides at the estate, and Julia feels that she must stay and help Nicholas get to the bottom of things. The book is wonderfully laced with mystery, and the romance between Julia and Nicholas is the perfect offset to everything sinister! We learn new snippets about Julia's family, as well as Nicholas' family and more about his life in general.Extended Review: I cannot speak highly enough of this book. I was a little worried that I would be disappointed. I loved the first book, which introduced us to all the main characters, and gave us just a hint of Nicholas Brisbane's past. Then the second book came along, and the first half gave us a brief respite from Brisbane (whom I missed terribly, and felt his absence left a sour note in my mind) while we were introduced to new characters and places. He resurfaces in the second half of the book, when the fascinating play between his relationship and Julia's (and more mysteries) returns! The third book finds Lady Julia and Brisbane working together again (to my great relief!).In this book, Brisbane has obtained an impoverished estate located on the moors of Yorkshire, along with the surviving Allenby family members. When Lady Julia and her sister Portia arrive to help him organize the household (accompanied by their brother Valerius), they find a run-down estate, a collection of Egyptian artifacts, and they come to realize that Brisbane is linked to the family in some mysterious way.Along the way, Julia meets Mrs. Butters, who runs the kitchens and the Allenby household. She also meets Rosalie, a gypsy woman who lives in a cottage within the Grimsgrave property. Rosalie has healing talents that come in handy more than once throughout the story, as well as compassion and friendship for Julia.Characters: Very well-written. We learn a lot more about all of the main characters, and the fun is in learning bits and pieces and trying to put them together as you read!Story-Line: A wonderful story laced with the perfect mixture of mystery, danger and romance!Readability: A very enjoyable read. I really liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, which gave just a hint of what was to come!Overall: A great page-turner filled with mystery and romance.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady Julia Grey has had enough. Despite Brisbane's best efforts to keep her safely out of his path, she has decided to follow her sister Portia to his remote Yorkshire estate, Grimsgrave, on the pretext of helping him to outfit the place. Despite his strong feelings for her (and she for him) Brisbane decidedly does not want Julia to come to his new home but Julia convinces her reluctant family to let her go and force Brisbane to decide once and for all what is to become of their relationship. Upon arriving at the mysterious Grimsgrave, Julia finds things are not as calm as they appeared and she slowly unravel mystery after mystery surrounding the the previous owners of Grimsgrave and their connection to Brisbane. All my favorite elements from previous books are once again out in force - gypsies, the quirky Grim, servants who will happily spill gossip for a chance to chat with the lovely Lady Julia, and of course, bodies that keep popping up. Not to mention Julia's frequent interactions with her hilarious family - Julia and Portia's exchanges frequently had me in stitches.This third installment of Raybourn's fantastic series is a real standout. I felt the mystery itself was much more unexpected yet entirely believable and for that reason all the more horrifying. Julia really comes into her own as well. Always outspoken, she finds herself for the first time on equal footing with Brisbane and adeptly holds her own. I loved it.Lady Julia Grey is my hero. Not only is she smart and an extremely good dresser but she just so happens to expertly solve the most puzzling mysteries that normal people would run screaming away from. Her curiosity is one of her most intriguing characteristics - she is logical, methodical and can give one cutting remark. I love her. I want to be her. And I also want Brisbane. And Ms. Raybourne, just so you know, I sleep much better at night just thinking that a Brisbane could possibly be wandering around this earth. Thank you.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Upon finishing this novel, the phrase that comes to mind is "thoroughly satisfying". I think that it is safe to say that I read this almost six hundred page novel in about three sittings, I just could hardly put it down. It was just that enthralling for me. Side note: I agree with what has been said about the cover. The original cover for the first two novels was much more mysteries and intriguing to me. This cover presents itself as a romance, and this is so much more than a romance novel.Easily this novel could stand alone, although you might feel the characters a bit more after having the background of what they have been through. Their stories are introduced well and it does not deter from this story to miss the background, so either way works. The first novel I enjoyed minus one certain part that just bugged me, not the writing, but a plot line. Anyway, the second novel was so much better than the first, so I was excited to read this one. Having already decided that I am a fan of Deanna's writing, I was expecting to enjoy this book. What I was not expecting was to absolutely love it beginning to end. Of the three Julia Grey novels so far available, this is the best so far. Each book gets better and I cannot wait for more from Deanna Raybourn in the future. With each twist of the plot and mysterious event to unfold I was shocked and amazed at the pieces that I missed and thrilled with the bits that I figured out myself. Julia Grey brings us through a fabulous journey with not just one big mystery, but bunches of little ones as well that kept the pages turning. Throughout the novel, I laughed out loud, became infuriatingly angry, teared slightly, and snickered relentlessly. Within the main plot and all the side plots, I definitely feel that the entire story led up to a great overall tale and I was vastly entertained. It is another one of those books, where I ask, why did it have to end and when can I get more?
chmessing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best one so far! Try to ignore the cheesy bodice-ripper cover because it is SO worth reading this book and this series (makes more sense if you read them in order). Ms. Raybourn needs to write faster - I can't wait for the fourth in the series...
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully complex Gothic romp - Brisbane goes all Heathcliffe living in the aptly named Grimsgrave House on the Yorkshire Moors. Lady Julia rides to the rescue, only to find that he's not alone, the aristocratic Allenby family are still in residence. But life at Grimsgrave is haunted by the past and it is Brisbane's past which nearly kills him. Lady Julia sets out to unravel the gruesome mysteries contained on the old estate.
runaway84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I still think the second book in the serious was the best book, so far. I think the fact that there was no murder mystery here is what bored me a few times. I mean, there is so much one woman can do and people she can talk to while cut off from civilization. Someone dying would have spiced it up.It was still an enjoyable book. However, for a better series I recommend Tasha Alexander's Lady Ashton series.Oh, yeah, and the cover is absolutely hideous.
aprillee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this third book of Victorian suspense featuring Lady Julia Grey (and you should read the first two before this one, even though the story here can stand on its own), Julia finds herself in a very Gothic, Romantic, Mysterious, Bronte-esque tale set in a lonely half-ruined mansion on the Yorkshire Moors. Julia's sister Portia had agreed to help the enigmatic detective, Nicholas Brisbane, sort out his newly acquired mansion, Grimsgrave, and Julia, drawing on her newfound determination to truly live life, insists on going with her to determine where she stands with Brisbane once and for all.Of course, the old mansion is chock full of mystery, secrets and all sorts of nastiness that is very slowly unraveled. There are the remnants of a proud and ancient family who were the former owners of the place, a profligate son who was an avid Egyptologist with a scandal in his past and a collection of artifacts, there are surly villagers, tales of a drowned village with a bell that rings to herald the imminent death of one of the members of the old family, there are gypsies with healing draughts and ties to Brisbane's past... And there is the mystery of Brisbane, himself. What is he doing at the run-down mansion? Why is he avoiding Julia, or pushing her away--while at the same time engaging in the occasional fervent embrace and kiss?The mystery plot is complex and detailed and slow to develop, but suits the brooding atmosphere. It does build to an exciting climax and then the denouement continues to be revealed bit by bit, again, as the book draws to an end. The romantic plot is also slow to build, pacing along with the mystery, and intertwined with it, particularly as it intersects with Brisbane's past.The tone and subjects of each of the Lady Julia Grey books have varied greatly, the first being more typical Victorian Mystery/Suspense, the second a cozy murder mystery set in an English Mansion. This exploration into the territory of _Wuthering Heights_ and _Jane Eyre_ seemed to work well considering Brisbane's gypsy background and Rochester and Heathcliff-like personality. I have enjoyed seeing Julia's confidence grow during the first two books. Unfortunately there were a few times in this book where she behaves like a typical flighty romance heroine, saying she'll stay forever one moment and ready to pack her bags and flee the next. And sometimes her intelligence seems questionable, but thankfully, at the end she's back to her confident and well-reasoned self. The mystery was better as an atmospheric backdrop than an actual puzzle since it seemed a little obvious to me towards the end. But thankfully, the romantic elements finally emerge at the end to create a fine conclusion.
dudara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I gave a bit of a sigh when I received this ARC copy in the post. The scantily-clad lady on the front cover promises a bodice-ripping type of read. As it turns out, the story is set in the late Victorian 19th-century, which means that the cover picture looks at least a century or two out of date. I actually used to keep the book against my lap when on the tram or bus so that no one would see this embarassing cover!It's the third story in the series of Lady Julia Gray novels, of which I've not read any before now. The story is simple though. When Lord Gray, Julia's husband was murdered, she met Nicholas Brisbane, a half-genteel, half-gypsy private investigator (who was pretty hot looking). The previous two novels have developed their relationship, both professionally and private and this third novel aims to provide some form of climax to the series.Exasperated by their relationship, Julia travels to Brisbane's new residence, Grimsgrave, situated on the foreboding Yorkshire Moors. However, she didn't expect to find members of the former owners, the Allenbys, still in residence. As Julia's natural curiosity causes her to explore, dark secrets from the Allenby past are uncovered as well as more of Brisbane's past.To be honest, this book isn't my cup of tea. I'm not one for historical romances, even when they have a good bit of mystery thrown in. But I can see the attraction of Lady Julia Gray for lots of readers. Despite living in the Victorian-era, she is a modern woman and the character of Brisbane will undoubtedly appeal to many.
dianaleez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover art on Deanna Raybourn's 'Silent on the Moor' may have been a terrible marketing decision, but the book itself continues the entertaining tradition of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries. The familiar characters are back in style, but this time they find themselves in the midst of a highly entertaining Gothic romp. With due credit to the Brontes and a little 'Cold Comfort Farm' thrown in, Raybourn introduces all the classic elements of Gothic horror - the windy desolate moors, a priest's hole, a mysterious tolling bell that precedes the death of a family member, shrouded furniture and even Egyptian mummies. We have a house named 'Grimsgrave' and a character whose name is Earnshaw. I don't know if Raybourn had fun writing this one, but it reads as though she did. And I certainly had fun reading it. Brisbane as Heathcliff - haunting the moors with long black locks flowing - is a hoot. So if you're in the mood to relax and curl up with a well written Gothic romance, this is the book for you. If, on the other hand, you haven't read the series, by all means start at the beginning with 'Silent in the Grave,' and then move on to 'Silent in the Sanctuary' before reading this one.
Cherylk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julia Grey is back again in Deanna Raybourn¿s third installment in the Lady Julia Grey mysteries titled Silent on the Moor. Julia and her sister, Portia are traveling to Yorkshire to pay a visit to Brisbane. When Julia arrives at the manor of Grimsgrave, she is dismayed by Brisbane¿s appearance. He looks like a man haunted by demons. Also Brisbane is not alone. Under his care are Lady Allenby and her two daughters. They have lost their fortune and now have nothing. Lady Allenby used to be Brisbane¿s first love till Julia. Brisbane takes a turn for the worse. To Julia¿s great surprise she learns that her love has been poisoned. Now Julia is out to seek the truth. What she discovers is disdain, gypsies, revenge and a long, lost legend that could change Julia¿s feelings for Brisbane forever. I love Julia. She is full of grace and determination. She is no weak flower. She and Brisbane were meant for each other. She seems to be the only one that can turn Brisbane from a grizzly bear into a teddy bear. Brisbane at first appearances may seem cold but once you get to know him, he is a very caring and good detective. If you don¿t mind the full details behind what transpired with Julia and Brisbane then you would be fine to read this book without having read the others. I say this because I myself only read the first and third book and not the second. I didn¿t feel like I missed much by not reading the second book but I still want to go back and read it. Silent on the Moor makes reference to some things that happened in the first novel. I devoured this book. It was that good. I can¿t wait to read the next book in this series.
Kasthu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been anticipating Silent on the Moor ever since I tore through Silent on the Sanctuary. This time, Lady Julia Grey travels to Yorkshire with her sister Portia, where Brisbane has recently purchased a decrepit mansion on the moor. Living there too are Lady Allenby and her two daughters, the descendents of Saxon kings but living in reduced circumstances after the death of Lady Allenby¿s son, Redwall. I greatly enjoyed this story of poison, romance and revenge, compounded by a number of sinister and rather twisted family secrets. We learn more about Brisbane¿s past, and we get to see more of his and Julia¿s relationship¿never smooth, but they have wonderful chemistry together. Julia¿s maid Morag is back, too, still as feisty as ever. What I love about Deanna Raybourn¿s books is that she¿s so good at character and plot development, and Silent on the Moor failed to disappoint me on those points. The title is a misnomer, which I guess in a way is a good thing; this novel is pretty unpredictable. My only problem is that I finished this book so fast. When¿s Raybourn¿s next book coming out?
reader247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Silent on the Moor is the third in the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries and I think it is her best yet. I was drawn into the story as Lady Julia traveled out to the Moors to visit her love interest Brisbane. Lots going on in this mystery that brings up his past and links Lady Julia to him even more.
dknippling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the mystery in the first book was fairly obvious, it had twists that I hadn't expected to it. This one - came out very early on. As a mystery, I was disappointed, but that was traded off by the sense that this was not a mystery but more of an exploration of the mechanism of how people decide not to know something. The theme was repeated throughout the book.As much as I liked the first two books, and as easy as the mystery was to see through here, I think it has been my favorite so far. More depth.
Michelle_Palmer More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book by Deanna Raybourn. This is the first book that I have read in this series, it will definitely not be the last. I loved the characters, setting, and plot. A great mystery set in the moors of Yorkshire. A creepy old family and a Gothic, crumbling house. A house and town full of fantastic characters. I loved Julia and Brisbane. They are a fantastic duo.
van65 More than 1 year ago
Nicholas may be a tad to tortured, but overall plot and writing very good. Characters are really starting to come alive.