SILENT IN THE GRAVE
Raybourn makes a sensational debut, finding the humor and color in the
notoriously dour and drab Victorian
era through her unusual heroine's
eyes. She also mounts a stout challenge to the cleverest armchair sleuth. Best of all, it's the first book in a new series.
Persuading him to resume his inquiries is as challenging as getting his consent to allow her to participate in the search, but Julia is successful on both counts. Now they must catch a brazen, cunning killer who may be closer at hand than either suspects. (MIRA, Jan., 512 pp., $21.95)