The Silents

March 14th. 2009

Continuing this blog about books I’ve read recently (I consider the last year still sort of recent) I wanted to brag about a series I stumbled upon last year. Anytime a debut author is able to publish in hard back tells me the publisher anticipates great things to come. So when I saw Deanna Raybourn’s first novel, Silent in the Grave, I grabbed it. (Yes, I am a compulsive book buyer.) And, I’m happy to report, I wasn’t disappointed in spending $21.95.  I’m drawn to historical books, and this one set in Edwardian England is chock full of surprises. I like how Maria Snyder says it, “Deceptively civilized and proper the book has undercurrents of nefarious deeds, secrets and, my favorite, poisons.” There really area some twists and quite a surprise ending, espcially given the time period the story is set. Needless to say I was very happy to discover book number 2, Silent in the Sanctuary, continue the mystery sleuthing and will they/won’t they romance of Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane. I don’t know more about Deanna Raybourn than what’s published on her website, but I will tell you that she’s skilled at creating fascinating characters. I just bought her third book in the series, Silent on the Moors, and its certainly continuing the drama. If you live in Longview, go by Barrons. Vickie keeps a good inventory of these books because she knows I’m telling everyone about the Silents.

6 Responses to “The Silents”

  1. Nancy says:

    I was drawn to your site because so many of my facebook friends have joined Friends of kimberlyfish.com. I decided I needed to check you out! (By the way, I am impressed. Although I don’t have much time to read, I am definitely going to pick up one of your books.) Well, I cannot tell you how amazed I was when I read this entry in your blog! Deanna Raybourn is my husband’s God Daughter! She and her family are some of our dearest friends, and I have known Deanna since she was about two years old. So, even if you had not won me over by the beautiful “teases” about your books, you CERTAINLY won my heart by saying such nice things about Deanna. Now I’m going to start reading “Silent on the Moor” which I just bought on Thursday — right after I join your facebook friends.

  2. admin says:

    Nancy, how wonderful to hear from you. I’d love to talk to you sometime because your address indicates you’re an antiques dealer in the hill country (texas, hill country?) and my second e-story is about two antique hunters in and around Comfort’s Hill Country. The world gets smaller all the time. It’s great that you know Deanna Raybourne. I’m a huge fan and I’d love it if you told her so. I met her MIRA editor at a writer’s conference and we talked about Deanna’s great story-telling skills. I’m about half-way through Silent on the Moors. Hope you love it too.

  3. Yes, I’m an antiques dealer in the Texas Hill Country. I started my shop in Boerne about 4-1/2 yrs. ago, but have since moved to New Braunfels — rent is about half, sales are about double! Can’t beat that!

    I’m writing an e-mail to Deanna’s mom right now. I’ve copied your blog entry to send to her, so I’m sure Deanna will be in touch with you soon.

    When you lived in San Antonio, what church did you go to? Your name sounds so familiar to me, but I’m not able to place it with your face? We go to Castle Hills First Baptist, and I feel like I must have known you there. If so, please forgive my memory lapse — seems to be happening more and more these days.

    If you are ever down this way again, I hope you will stop by my store. In the mean time, visit my web site. It’s new and I still need to add more merchandise to it, but it gives you an idea of the kind of things I have. Now I will HAVE to read your 2nd e-story!!!

  4. admin says:

    Nancy, how crazy is this? We did go to Castle Hills for about six years! (1992-98) We may have known each other. I was involved with women’s ministry and Young Marrieds S.S. director, Mel was in the choir. We spent a lot of time rotating through the nursery because our kids were babies through kindergartners. Plus, I did a lot of background work with Michael Adler and his choir productions. I love both Boerne and New Braunfels (used to brave the cold pool waters at their city park.) I’ll look for your website on line. I’m hoping to make a Hill Country run this June after some meetings in Austin so I’d love to swing by and visit with you. (We live in East Texas now.) Don’t you just love the way God brings people together?

  5. As I was driving toward New Braunfels this morning, it dawned on me — KIM, not Kimberly!!! Now I remember you well. 🙂 I just love Facebook. It sure makes it easy to re-connect with long lost friends and also to keep in touch everyone. I worked in women’s ministries for a short time with Nancy George, and was also in choir. You probably remember my daughter, Debbie, who was an actress & model. She’s now a full-time mom of 3 little boys — the pride of my life — Jason, age 3, Jagger, age 2, and Johnny, age 8 months. They live in Austin, so we get to spend a lot of quality time with them. You may or may not remember my son, Jason. He was killed in a motorcycle accident in August of 1995. We now live in Bulverde and are about to start building our new home — this week — just west of New Braunfels. God is so good! He knows how much fun we have with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and I’m sure He’s like earthly parents who take joy in seeing their children love on each other! It makes me happy to see your success with your writing! I can’t wait to start reading your e-books!

  6. Karen Ritch says:

    I am glad to know about this author. I am also a fan of historical novels. I enjoy well-researched lifelike stories.

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