Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Silent in the Grave

Well, I'm slow, that's all. My head has been in the world of kiddie lit and teaching reading for so long that I haven't had time to explore authors for my own enjoyment. But all that is about to change........

I'm very particular about the novels I read, and when I find an author I enjoy, I go on a reading spree. Since finding Diana Gabaldon's terrific Outlander series several years ago, I've become very spoiled. She's a difficult writer to top -- and many authors that I have high hopes for fall short. However, I may have just stumbled across someone who may turn out to be another favorite. The author is Deanna Raybourn, and her Lady Julia Gray series, at present, is a trilogy. (Silent in the Grave, Silent on the Moor, and Silent in the Sanctuary). I might be wrong, but she seems to be influenced by Diana Gabaldon -- I've read her blog (check it out here) and her blog posts begin with "In which we....." (very reminiscent of DG). Of course, I'm comparing apples and oranges here; Diana's "thing" is time-travel and Scottish Highlanders, and Deanna Raybourn's novels are Victorian mysteries. Anyway, it's been a while since I've enjoyed someone's writing so much. Here are two trailers to tempt you:

1 comment:

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

Hmm, I've certainly heard the name but didn't know what these books are about. I'm not a big mystery reader though, but it might be something I'll try. Are they romances too:

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