Silent on the Moor


Widowed Lady Julia Grey returns in this third outing to openly pursue Nicholas Brisbane, a private investigator she first encountered over her husband’s corpse. Her pursuit takes her to Yorkshire, where Brisbane has been gifted an estate. A book set in the 19th century on the Yorkshire moors begs for a hero as brooding as Heathcliff, and Brisbane is that. He is as determined to rebuff Julia as she is to make him admit his feelings for her. All manner of obstacles conspire against the couple: Brisbane’s half-Gypsy side and his renunciation of the Sight (which comes with punishing headaches), the widowed mother and daughters who have lost their family home to him and are dependent on his charity, and Lady Julia’s gruesome discovery among their dead brother’s Egyptian artifacts.

This third installment is eminently satisfying. It departs from the first two in that although narrated by Julia again, the focus is on Brisbane returning to his roots. He shares a past with the family he has dispossessed, and Julia learns even more about him; neither of these things affects her love for him. As with the first two books, plot points abound and yet nothing gets short shrift. I feel inadequate to the task of conveying how completely engrossing this was. Suffice it to say, I’m praying Raybourn continues!


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