I was really looking forward to Deanna Raybourn's second book, Silent in the Sanctuary. Of course, I was also a bit nervous because "sophomore" books can be good...or disappointing. But Raybourn didn't fail me; I'm happy!
First of all, GORGEOUS cover! It definitely sets the mood for the book. It's a Victorian mystery, with gothic elements, and romance.
Lady Julia Grey, at the end of Silent in the Grave, was off to Italy with her brothers Plum and Lysander. The siblings receive a summons from their eccentric father, demanding they come home for Christmas. They do, bringing home a hot Italian who just may be in love with Julia. Then, suprise, Nicholas Brisbane is there for the holidays, too--with a fiancée! A murder disrupts the family's Christmas and Brisbane and Julia work together again to solve it.
I was thoroughly satisfied by the developments between Brisbane and Julia. Raybourne does a great job with secondary characters and overall plot action. I'm not sure if the mystery aspect itself is her strongest point, since I almost figured it out, but it was still very good, with twists and shocks.
My only complaint is that is was too short--write more next time, Raybourne! I'm not sure when the third book will come out, but I'm looking forward to it already.