Raybourn, Deanna. Silent on the Moor.
The third in Raybourn's series about Lady Julia Grey.
I have to admit that the cover nearly prevented me from checking the book out. A poor choice, I think. The earlier covers were excellent, and the series is popular so there was no need for the change in style. I would never have read the first novel if the cover had been in this vein.
Oh, well, having read the first two in the series, I bit my tongue and bagged the book.
I did enjoy it, of course. The first book was the best, partly because of that wonderful opening sentence, but this was a nice bit of mystery to occupy an empty evening. The immediacy of the first novel is not present in this one, and I'm a little tired of the Heathcliff image with Nicholas Brisbane--although it fit in perfectly with the setting in the Yorkshire moors.
Hopefully, the next in the series will see Brisbane begin to grow out of his petulance and to exhibit a bit more humor. I'd like to see Brisbane and Lady Julia more as partners than contestants; this possibility is implied in the conclusion, but the relationship will never run perfectly smooth.
And will there be more of Portia and Jane? This series has a number of interesting minor characters who deserve more time.
Raybourn writes light historic mysteries that make for enjoyable reading.
Fiction. Historic novel/Mystery. 2009 465 pages.