cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 44 for 2009

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Enjoyable Victorian murder mystery. Lord Edward Grey has had a weak heart all his life, so no-one is unduly surprised when he keels over at a dinner party and dies shortly afterwards. But then his widow, Lady Julia is approached by the mysterious Nicholas Brisbane, who suggests that her husband's death wasn't from natural causes after all...

A fun read, with interesting characters, marred by a sprinkling of anachronisms and Americanisms that should really have been caught by a decent proof editor - I really don't think the Victorian aristocracy said things like "I will be fine" or "Are you sure you're up for this?". Not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the book, or prevent me from reading the sequel, but still an irritation.

Tags: crime fiction

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