Monday, November 07, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 105: Silent in the Grave

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

I've seen Deanna Raybourn's books recommended numerous times on friend Shelley's blog, so was pleased to happen across the first two books in the series at a Library Used Book Sale back in September. I eagerly dove into book one over the weekend, and was drawn in by the opening paragraph below. I am now 3/4 of the way through, and can't wait to finish!

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.
(pg 13)


And then there is this passage from farther on in the book...

Before I could even put my weight upon the foot, he was up and across the room, moving with a speed and ferocity I would never have imagined.

I gasped when his hand closed hard on my wrist. He jerked, pulling me into the room. With his free hand he slammed the door in Monk’s face and twisted the key in the lock.
(pg 213)

Silent in the Grave
By Deanna Raybourn

"Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave."

These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, 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.

Prepared to accept that Edward's death was due to a longstanding physical infirmity, 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. Dismissing his warnings that the investigation will be difficult, if not impossible, Julia presses forward, 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.


Anonymous said...

I like these two teasers... strong voice.

Thanks for visiting.

Heather said...

Thanks, Tania! This author definitely has a strong voice. I'm not even done with this book yet and already looking forward to the second!

Shelley Munro said...

I'm glad you're enjoying this book, Heather. I was hooked at book 1. I really love this series. Nice teasers!

Heather said...

Shelley: Thank you, and thanks for the recommendation. I felt like I had unearthed buried treasure the day I found the first two books at the library's monthly book sale, in good condition and fairly cheap. Now to acquire the next three! *g*

Beth said...

Great teaser! I have heard about this series, but have not read them. Here is my teaser for this week.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I like the sound of this one!

Here’s my Teaser Tuesday post. :)

Gigi Ann said...

It sounds like an exciting book to read. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, very exciting teasers! I've been wanting to read this author, too. Thanks for sharing.

Here's MY TT POST and

kaye said...

interesting . . . I have no idea what is going on. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Tribute Books Mama said...

Interesting teasers!

Alice Audrey said...

Whoa, what a forceful character! I want to read this one.

Heather said...

Beth: I've heard so much about this series, mostly from Shelley, that I had to seek out the first couple books.

DomesticGoddess: Trust me, it is as good as it sounds!

Gigi Ann: It definitely pulls you in, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to future adventures with Lady Julia Grey.

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: I hope you will cater to the whim and pick this series up. Definitely worth it!

Kaye: Hehe...that's half the point of a teaser, is it not? *g*

Books Mama: Thank you! :)

Alice: This book features several strong characters, as well as a good mystery. A hundred pages to go and I am still guessing!

Jenny Q said...

Isn't that the best first line ever? To say I love this series is a serious understatement! Glad you're enjoying it :)

Heather said...

Jenny Q: One of the best openings ever! I'm hoping to finish this one tonight so I can move on to book two. Except...I don't have book three. Bummer!