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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Deanna Raybourn - Silent in the Grave


We were lucky at Bournemouth Libraries in being chosen as part of a MIRA promotion for this book. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It is an amusing Victorian Murder Mystery reminiscent I felt of the Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series. The protagonists stay delightfully in character, although our heroine fortunately has had a rather 'modern' education. Lady Julia Grey discovers that her husbands sudden death is not after all natural causes, and with the saturnine Nicholas Brisbane sets out to find who has killed him. There is a lot in this book for reading groups to discuss, attitudes to gypsies, the whole servant- master issue, the class structure, homosexuality, brothels and I could go on. Quite a few of our reading groups have read this now and the discussions have always been lively!!

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