Here's a synopsis:
Everyone agreed that it was the curse of the Greys that took poor Lord Edward. After all, his father and his father’s father never made it past their thirties, and Lord Edward had always had a weak heart. Lady Julia is shocked and angered when Nicholas Brisbane approaches her and suggests that something unnatural may have been the cause of her husband’s death. A year later, the discovery of a threatening letter hidden in her husband’s study forces Julia to accept the fact that Brisbane may have been right all along. Headstrong Julia is able to convince Brisbane to investigate despite the fact that a year has passed and the trail is most assuredly cold. Their subsequent findings prove to be shocking and Julia finds her quiet and ordinary life turned upside down.
This Victorian mystery, the first in a trilogy to feature Lady Julia, is both clever and witty. Silent was definitely an all nighter! Readers will fall in love with Julia and the eccentric Marches as well as Brisbane, who is obviously patterned after some of the most famous men in literature including Heathcliff and Mr. Rochester, among others. I love this book and guarantee readers will as well.
Book two, Silent in the Sanctuary, was released on January 1 of this year. I recommend that you run out right away and buy both books. Trust me, you'll be antsy with anticipation if you don't. And never fear, book 3, Silent on the Moor, is slated for a March '09 release (hopefully things won't change).
So, add it to your list. This is an absolute must read for mystery fans! Oh, and check out Deanna's blog here. It makes for some quite amusing reading.