Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Character-Driven Victorian Thriller/Mystery
Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn, is an exceptionally fine murder mystery set in Victorian times. On the very first page, Lady Julia's husband collapses during a dinner party, in front of a new acquaintance, Mr. Nicholas Brisbane. Lord Gray consequently passes on, and Mr. Brisbane tells Lady Julia that he was employed by Lord Gray to investigate some nasty threats and that Lord Gray was likely murdered. Lady Julia refuses to believe it. Over the course of the next year and half, Lady Julia becomes convinced that Mr. Brisbane is correct and they both pursue the various clues. There are loads of Characters - and I mean that capital letter. Lady Julia Gray comes from a large family, all of them quirky and rebellious in various ways. Mr. Brisbane has his own suite of quirky friends and the blending of the two make for a very interesting tale.