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Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Grave | Deanna Raybourn
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Return to the beginning of Deanna Raybourn's adored Lady Julia Grey's Victorian mystery series, and be carried off by adventure"Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. "These ominous words are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.Julia is outraged when Brisbane visits and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. It is a reaction she comes to regret when she discovers the damning paper for herself, and realizes the truth. Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise, following a trail of clues that lead her to even more unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival.
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awishman
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I am a big fan of the Veronica Speedwell series so while I wait for the next installment I thought I'd try more Raybourn. This story was enjoyable overall, and I truly enjoy Julia as a character. I did think the pacing was a bit slow and the book was over-long.

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Eggbeater
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This book started out too slow for me, but it had a smashing and tricky five-star ending that I just did not see coming! I had to go back and read a section of the end again once I saw how the clues fit together. Because the conclusion was done so well, I will be reading the next installment of the series immediately.

Fleur, the French countess, was my favorite character. I hope the author expands more upon her.

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esurient
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I should have bailed with this. I need to be better about giving up on books that aren't clicking with me, but this one was a mystery and I wanted to know what happened and I was so mad at the climax that I almost threw the book against the wall.

esurient I wasted valuable reading time during Pride month spending time with a story where the big reveal(s) were a murderously jealous gay character and his victim and lover, the indiscriminately promiscuous manipulative and controlling emotional abuser who knowingly infected at least one person with syphilis. (edited) 5mo
esurient And that person was not his wife, the straight heroine, whom he married under false pretenses and the plot treats his decision to keep the hell out of her bed in the effort to prevent infecting her as the best possible option under the circumstances. Nope, instead, he just conspired with a doctor to lay the blame for their infertility on her body. 5mo
esurient To give the author her due, she does present the heroine as sympathetic to alternative sexuality and there are some gay secondary characters who are presented positively and the heroine is righteously pissed once she finds out. I still found it badly anvilicious and remain irked at the world in general. 5mo
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esurient (Sorry, @rretzler, this one turned out to be not my cup of tea.) 5mo
rretzler No, I agree - but it is actually the heroine that I don‘t like in the series! Book 1 may portray her in a sympathetically light, but she is a bit of an entitled shrew who does what she wants without thinking of the consequences to anyone else. 5mo
esurient @rretzler Ugh, even worse! Yeah, I will not be continuing with this series, but I will look forward to trying that Speedwell series when I lay hands on a copy. 5mo
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First line Friday (a day early because this is when I have time.)

Best first line EVER. “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor.“

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esurient
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Heroine afraid of hero is not an enjoyable plot element to me. :(

rretzler I was always a bit frustrated with Lady Julia throughout this series. The plotting was decent, but I just wasn‘t crazy about Lady Julia. I did like Nicholas though - he redeemed the series for me. Veronica Speedwell is a better character IMO! 6mo
esurient @rretzler Maybe I'll switch to that instead. The author's writing style is not wowing me, but this one was her first published book and I might enjoy her newer characters better. 6mo
rretzler The Veronica Speedwell series has been getting a lot of love on Litsy and elsewhere. 6mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Interesting. So I definitely didn't love this the way I do Veronica Speedwell and I'm failing to understand why this is classified as a romance really but I loved the murder mystery aspect. I also just really liked Lady Julia and she grows a lot throughout the book. Also, kinda love her dad. I'll fully admit I saw the last big twist coming and soon as it happened, I connected the dots on who the killer was but only like a chapter before.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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We've established I'm obsessed with Deanna Raybourn so I just HAVE to try her Lady Julia series.

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QueenJen
Silent in the Grave | Deanna Raybourn
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I figured since I really LOVE the Veronica Speedwell series, perhaps I should read about Lady Julia Grey.
I did enjoy this first book and will read the second but Veronica Speedwell is still my spirit animal. 😉🥃📚

rretzler Her Veronica books are much better than the Last Julia, IMO. I was just frustrated with Lady Julia much of the time! 8mo
QueenJen @rretzler I agree! 😉🥃 8mo
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LaurenReads
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I don‘t usually read historical mysteries, but a friend recommended this one. It was really entertaining and the twists well done.

CoverToCoverGirl Love the cover art! 10mo
DivineDiana What a beautiful cover! 10mo
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Crewgurl
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I loved this!!! Diving into the next one right away. @ErinSueG it‘s so Lady Darby. You‘ll love it!

robinb ❤️Raybourn! Do you read the Veronica Speedwell series as well? (edited) 11mo
ErinSueMreads Yes!!! I‘ve been missing my historical series! Thanks! Adding to list now. 11mo
Crewgurl @robinb I did! I loved those as well. The next one isn‘t out until 2020 😭 11mo
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Crewgurl I‘m already into the second one lol. Enjoy! @ErinSueG 11mo
robinb @Crewgurl Have you read the one coming out in March already?! If so, lucky you!!! I can‘t wait! 11mo
Crewgurl @robinb ahhhh! No! I completely skipped over that one on goodreads!!!! Now I have something to look forward to in March 😊 thanks!!! 10mo
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Mehso-so

I liked the Veronica Speedwell novels better than this but there were some humorous moments. I did predict who did it though...

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AisPM
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Not sure why I never read these books before but I'm glad one of my friends recommended them to me 😄😍 I really enjoyed this book and definitely reading the others in the series! #historicalfiction #MayBooks

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AisPM
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Its been a crazy week but managed to do some reading this morning 📖 #kindleapp #mysteries #historical

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Skeeterisme
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Lovely.

Skeeterisme @Liliegreen I think you‘d like this series very much! 2y
booksandsympathy I love this series! 2y
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tracy_anne8
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Re-reading this book reminded me of why I fell in love with this series the first time I read it about 7 years ago. I am starting to fall in love with the characters again. Now that I have read the first book, looks like I need to re-read the whole series again 😁. #historicalfiction #historicalmystery #read

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tracy_anne8
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1st trimester fatigue and fog has officially started to lift. I actually have the desire to read. However, despite having literally hundreds of books that need to be read, I have decided to go back to one of my favorites. #historicalfiction #historicalmystery #currentread

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The face you make when you buy a book from a used bookstore and open it up to find it signed. By one of your favorite authors. 😮 It‘s obviously not addressed to me but still really freaking cool!!!

Heideschrampf You can always change your first name to match 😜awesome! Congrats! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Chrissyreadit Yay! It makes me sad when people get rid of signed books. 2y
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julesG Your secret name is not Kelsea? Good find. 2y
C.Perone That is so cool! 2y
jb72 Wow that‘s awesome! 2y
DivineDiana Fantastic! 2y
rather_be_reading yes!! its always amazing! 2y
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mdemanatee
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I missed this series when it came out (though I am not exactly sure how as this is EXACTLY the kinda thing i would have been plucking off those library shelves and maybe reading behind the circ desk during donwntime) but I needed some more Raybourn in my life.

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dsfisher
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This Victorian mystery series has potential, this is the first featuring Lady Julia Grey. Her controlling husband dies during a gathering and a mysterious stranger tells her that he has been murdered. Julia comes to terms with her widowed state and becomes more independent. 3.5 to 4 ⭐️

Cathythoughts Great cover ❤️ 2y
Lynnsoprano I love the opening line of this book. That‘s the original cover, too, which I much prefer to the later one. 2y
AmandaL I really liked this one. I downloaded the other books in the series, but I haven't read them yet. 2y
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robinb
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Congratulations to @GondorGirl on her #GG10k!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏 And thanks to her for her generous giveaway offer!

This is one of my favorite first lines just because it‘s so unexpected and dark....makes you really want to know what comes next! 😳😉😜

Libby1 Wowee zowee what a first line. 2y
tpixie Wow 😯 2y
GondorGirl Wow! That's one way to start a novel! 2y
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DGRachel What a great opening!! 2y
robinb @Libby1 @tpixie @GondorGirl @DGRachel I know, right?! I really love those books who manage to say so much about the tone of the story in the first line or two! You don‘t get that magic every time! 2y
Lynnsoprano I‘ve always thought it was the beer opening line I‘ve ever read. 2y
DGRachel I had to buy the book on Kindle because of your post! #blameitonLitsy 2y
TheKidUpstairs That is fantastic. 2y
robinb @Lynnsoprano I don‘t think I‘ve found one to match it yet! 2y
robinb @DGRachel yay!!!! Would love to hear what you think. It‘s good, but I think it‘s also one of those series that gets better as it goes along! 2y
robinb @TheKidUpstairs 👍👍🙌 2y
Mollyanna Agreed. I didn't know what to expect when I picked up the book, but that set the tone right away. 2y
robinb @Mollyanna yes, exactly! 👍 2y
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robinb
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Technically this is two lines...sorry....but what an intro to the series! 😳 #FirstLines #FirstSentence

rubyslippersreads Definitely makes me want to read the book. 😄 2y
robinb @rubyslippersreads I know! It shocked me but then also made me laugh out loud. Not your average beginning to a story. 2y
Andrew65 The second sentence is definitely needed. 2y
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robinb @Andrew65 👍 I think it‘s the “twitching” that gets me every time....😳 2y
Andrew65 @robinb I agree! 2y
Centique WOW! 2y
robinb @Centique Exactly!!! 2y
monalyisha Whoa, I love this! I'm not usually a fan of mysteries but it seems I might have to check this series out! 2y
robinb @monalyisha you should! I‘m enjoying it! 2y
Angieville This is one of my all-time favorites. I consider it a perfect book. 2y
robinb @Angieville it‘s a great series! ❤️ 2y
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tracy_anne8
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“I adored history, not the dry dates and boring battles, but the stories and the people who populated them.”
― Deanna Raybourn, Silent in the Grave

I have posted this before but it is still one of my #favoriteline #autumnreads

robinb ❤️ 2y
booksandsympathy This is exactly what I love. 2y
Gezemice That's a great quote and I totally agree. 2y
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tracy_anne8
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I love the March #family. They are hilarious in these books. #jubilantjuly

booksandsympathy Me too! 2y
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actualdisneyprincess
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Lord March, the debonair patriarch of the hilarious and wonderful and colorful March family, is a relatively new addition to my personal list of favorite fictional dads. As mentioned, Deanna Raybourn has such a gift for characters, and Lord March is no exception to the rule of her pantheon of creations. #silentinthegrave #deannaraybourn #fictionalfathersday

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booksandsympathy
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Deanna Raybourn is GORGEOUS! I've met her and she has just the most flawless, beautiful skin. Hard to believe she's almost 50. She seems to be a very nice person, as well, which makes a difference to me, as nobody likes a beautiful person who's a jerk. #attractiveauthors #junebookbugs

tracy_anne8 I completely agree on her beauty. I'm so jealous that you got to meet her! She is one of my favorite authors. 2y
booksandsympathy @tracy_anne8 I went to a book signing with her and Lauren Willig. It was so much fun! Both ladies are fabulous and so friendly. They've both responded to my comments on facebook too, which just makes my day. 2y
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sherryvdh
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I got a couple of holds in from the library! Starting with this one. I have to be very careful with what I read while my husband is away, as I find my anxiety can be worse when he's away. So, I'm hoping this one isn't too trigger-y for me. The other one definitely would have been. #nobumpsinthenight #sensitivereader

Melissa_J Great book and series. 3y
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AmandaL
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This series works for two photo challenges today! Silent in the Grave, a #booksetinVictorianTimes, follows Lady Julia Grey and private investigator Nicholas Brisbane, who has many #mysteriousways, as they attempt to solve her husband's murder. #RockinMay #sparklingmaybookishdreams

Melissa_J I love this series 😊 3y
AmandaL @Melissa_J I loved the first book, but I've still got to read the rest of the series! 😊 3y
Cinfhen Nice mashup 💜💜 3y
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Lynnsoprano
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#marchintoreading #autobuyauthors We're at our son's home, helping out with the new baby. I'm not getting much reading done, and there aren't many of the authors whose books are automatic buys for me on their shelves. This is one of those authors though, and this book is here because I bought it for our DIL.

margreads Memorable opening line on this one 3y
Lynnsoprano @margreads Absolutely! I was hooked and immediately. 3y
[DELETED] 3144876009 LOVE all of her books!! 3y
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Melissa_J
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One of my biggest #bookishpetpeeves is when publishers change the style and/or format of an author's books, especially if the books form part of a series. Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series provides a great example - the first book was released in hard cover, the second only in trade paperback, and then the style of the covers changed for the rest of the series. Ugh. #Marchintoreading

erzascarletbookgasm I can't stand it! 3y
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emtobiasz
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When you wait to start your ebook until Overdrive sends the reminder email that it's almost due back... 🙄 #oops

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tracy_anne8
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I have several in mind for #mostbadassheroine but I wanted to post one of my favorites, Lady Julia Grey. One of my favorite characters in literature and one of my favorite #historicalfiction And #historicalmystery series. #riotgrams

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Reecaspieces
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#cupidgoespostal @BookishMarginalia @TraeHern thank you so very much!!! I love love love it!!!! 😘❤️️❤️😍😻

Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 3y
TraeHern Really hope you enjoy. This has been a lot of fun. 3y
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Amie
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Decided to read this because I really liked Deanna Raybourn's newer Veronica Speedwell series, which I think I like better, but this was good, too. I bought the rest of the series this morning, so I must have liked it 😁📚

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robinb
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Slow going (and not just because of its 500+ pages) and not a big fan of the H/h. Also not sure some of the issues/plot points were written appropriately for the time period of the book. I'd give it a 3-3.5. I actually plan to go forward and read the sequel to see if my opinion will improve.

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robinb
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Time for a little mystery and an author who is new to me....I've heard great things about this series! Can't wait to get started! #romantsy

robinb OK, so far I'm not overly wowed by this one...which is a shame since I had heard wonderful things about it. I'm 150 pages in (400+ total), and I'm not connecting to H/h, and the story is moving sooo slowly. I'm normally not a quitter but am giving it a second thought with this one. 😔 3y
robinb OK, I stuck with it and even though it's not going on my list of faves, it did improve as I went along. It was still too slow for my taste, and I still am not totally won over by the H/h, but believe it or not, I'm going to give the sequel a shot and see how it goes. It takes a lot for me to reach my threshold of totally giving up, and I'm not yet there with this series. I'd give this one a 3.5. #romantsy 3y
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Verity
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This is my #greatfirstline for #booktober today. How can you not want to read a book that starts like this?!

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MMenefee
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I realized nothing really happened, yet my attention was held, for over 80% of the book. Then, everything happened and it was over. But, it's the first in a series (so, it's not really over) I will mos def continue reading.

ReadingOver50 That's a sign of some good writing 3y
Verity I love this series. They're so much fun. And iirc doesn't this start something like "I first met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's body"? Which is just a fab opening! 3y
MMenefee @Verity That's the opening - it is fab. 3y
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AmandaL
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Thank you @StaceyKondla for recommending this book. I loved it! It's such a great mix of Victorian intrigue, an eccentric aristocratic family, a dark and brooding hero, and an awesome heroine. I could not stop turning the pages. Now I have to read all the books in the Lady Julia Grey series. So good.

annahenke Her newest series is also excellent! 3y
StaceyKondla @AmandaL - I am so glad you enjoyed it! Love that feeling when somebody loves your recommendation 😊❤️ 3y
AmandaL @loveonlit Thanks for the rec! 3y
raelaschoenherr I loved this series for a while and then wasn't as interested towards the end. But the first few are great and her new series is good! I also like some of her stand-alones. 3y
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AmandaL
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Next up. I picked this up in favor of the last Jackaby novel - there was a plot point I found irritating in the first few chapters. I hope this is as good as I've heard.

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Bookbeez
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I needed something not to deep or serious and this worked out perfectly. Impulsive, at times bumbling heroine, dark and brooding detective, Victorian London, and quirky family relationships. Yes, I knew who done it pretty early on, but I enjoyed the ride to get there in the end.

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Lynnsoprano
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I loved this author's Lady Julia Gray series, and her first book has a great hook of an opening line. Picture of the second because the first is AWOL, and picture lit by lantern because no power. Not storm related. A truck hit a pole🙄#debutnovel #booktober

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Bookbeez
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Cheddar bacon cheeseburger on a pretzel roll, salad, Noon Whistle Bernie Stout, and a good book on the Kindle. Relaxing dinner before attempting to convince the pint sized one that bedtime is about sleeping not jumping on mama.

Ubergeekygirl Now I'm hungry, it looks delicious! 3y
ThatBookishGal Mmmmmmm pretzel roll 3y
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AnyaKhiori
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Ah i remember reading this for the first time almost 10 years ago...still one of my favourite book. The first line is one of the most memorable line. I think i was hooked from the very first line..what a line ...

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StaceyKondla
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#Recommendsday! It is historical fiction set in Victorian London and is also a great mystery and an intense romance. The first two lines gripped me: "To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor." I carried on to binge read the entire 5 book series. The sexual tension between Julia and Brisbane is tremendous - I loved this book!

AmandaL Sold! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I love this series! I remember those first lines and how they set the tone for the books! 😉 3y
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Treatyoshelf
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❝ Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. ❞ 🔥
From the opening scene to the last, I loved this book. This Regency mystery is smart and fast paced with colorful characters. I loved that Lady Julia Grey's progressive father is upset that she isn't getting into enough shenanigans. There was just a bit of romance but it was more than enough.
I listened to the audiobook and I'm SO BUMMED this gorgeous paperback is unavailable.

nessochist Yay!! 3y
Treatyoshelf @nessochist I started Book 2 and I am loving it! 3y
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Treatyoshelf
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When the author of one of the books you're reading brings the fire on Twitter. 🔥 #ItsLit

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hwheaties
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Also, for #recommendsday here is the first in the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn. I love the settings, the characters, and her writing. I wish I could write books like these! I'll settle for reading and loving them 😏

[DELETED] 2232195534 This was definitely a fun book!! 3y
MarriedtoMrT I loved this book! 3y
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Book_Gnome
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Squeals!!! I love this series!!!

jpmcwisemorgan I'm adding this to my stack but it sounds familiar so I think I've read one or two. I'm going to have hold one in my hand and flip through it to known for sure. 4y
MilenaM What addition is this? I've never seen this cover. I love Lady Julia Grey Series 😍 4y
Book_Gnome It's MIRA marked by harlequin. Isbn is 978 0 7783 0137 0 I'm in the UK as well as having came from American I can say I usually always love UK covers best! 4y
Treatyoshelf I'm so upset this cover isn't available! I loved this book. 3y
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