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Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn

Title: Silent on the Moor. (It's when you use the same naming convention to title your second book as your first than you start down the road to trouble. Silent in the Grave was a great title, Silent in the Sanctuary was okay. If anyone in this particular book had been silent, it would have been a relief! The author has apparently given up with the fourth book, called Dark Road to Darjeeling.)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Series: Lady Julia Grey, book three
Genre: Historical mystery
Setting: ... the moor. I actually don't really like books set on the moor most of the time. Too bleak.
Reason for Reading: I enjoyed the first two, and the fact that the next book in the series is set in India made me want to read this one.
Finished In: Weeks, perhaps two of them.
Pages: 465
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: A woman leans back into a man's embrace before a beautiful sunset. If they really are on the moor, her outfit leaves her in severe danger of catching a chill. Does no one realize that corsets were UNDERGARMENTS in this time period??
First line: "Julia Gray, 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.
Best part: Some movement in the love interest plotline.
Worst part: Oh, how to choose. The heroine's impassioned speech about how two people shouldn't be married because she doesn't think they'll make each other happy bugged me. It was very anachronistic - people didn't used to look to marriage for those things. There was also a plot twist, held in suspense for many chapters, that was totally obvious to me from almost the beginning.
Imaginary Theme Song: Something bleak and classical.
Grade: C-. The book's flaws detracted from my enjoyment of it.
Recommended for: I don't feel I can recommend it very strongly.
Related Reads: Silent In the Grave, the first book in the series. Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross.
Tags: books 2010, fiction
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