Throughly enjoyable read. Reminds me a bit of the old Gothic Romances I was so fond of in the 70's and 80's. A romantic mystery that is well worth your time reading
Another delicious Victorian mystery (2nd in the series) complete with ghosts, gypsies, eccentric family members, false engagements, priceless jewels and murder.
I knew from the get/go that someone dies -- I tried to figure out who had to get killed. It was a suprise. There were times the book read "slow" and the hero did not treat the heorine with the best manners and sometimes intent. It has in its favor 484 pages.
This is the second book in the Lady Julia Gray mysteries. After the events of the first book and a trip overseas, Lady Julia and her brothers are called back to the family home for Christmas. Julia's father, Lord March, has a few family and assorted guests over at the March home, Belmont Abbey. Amid the usual family drama, odd occurrences start to happen and (of course, this is a murder mystery series after all), things culminate in a murder.
Compared to the first book, Silent in the Sanctuary had more story threads and twists. Which is not entirely surprising because there are a lot more characters, and they're all staying in the same house, which makes things ripe for conflict and mystery.
Loved the first one and the second one is again a strong book - I think I liked the twists in the mystery in this one more than the first book, but I'm undecided on which book I liked more for the romance. I really need to read book 3, Silent on the Moor! This series is shaping up to be one of my favorites, and if you are even considering reading these books, I strongly urge you to try them.
My full review: http://janicu.livejournal.com/96105.html
Historical romance & mystery combined. A good story. Looking forward to the next one.