Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tuesday's Book Review

Up for grabs today we have two selections: 'Beau Crusoe' by Carla Kelly and 'Silent In The Grave' by Deanna Raybourn.

'Beau Crusoe' is a Regency novel I picked up in part because of those lovely ladies at Snarkling Clean--the author was a recommended read from them and--coincidentally enough!--I found this latest addition to Carla Kelly's long list at my local grocery. It was also picked up because it didn't have "steaming" or "sexy" or "red-hot passions" screaming from the cover. As you know from previous posts, I've been looking for less sexy, more substantial reads lately and this seemed like it might fit the bill.

'Beau Crusoe' delivered. The relationship between James and Susannah was realistic, developed slowly, made a real foundation of friendship, trust, etc... before they were "in love". Eventually, they had sex, and it was outside of marriage, but it was only briefly referred to in rather polite terms. (No gasping, twisting, screaming stuff here). I thoroughly enjoyed this foray into 'polite' romance, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a breath of fresh air.

'Silent In The Grave' is a Victorian era murder mystery and a debut novel by Raybourn. I devoured this book in two sittings and simply cannot wait for the next book. Julia Grey's husband dies during a dinner party, and everyone assumes it is because of his weak heart. Not so, thinks Nicholas Brisbane, a private inquiry agent. At first Julia puts Brisbane off, but then upon discovery of a threatening note in her dead husband's possessions, she contacts him and they start an investigation.

This story has twists and turns galore, and secrets are being kept by nearly every player. There is an attraction between Julia and Brisbane, but it is not acted upon beyond one kiss--and the cool thing about that was, I had to wonder for almost a whole chapter whether or not they really kissed because it was written so subtly! Anyhow, I suspected at least five different people of the murder and was wrong on all of them. This was a thrilling read, well written, well done!


Robyn said...

Thank you, darling, glad you enjoyed la Carla. And you gave me a TBR! I adore Victorian mysteries.

Ellen said...

I can't wait to try these books! Thanks for the recommendations.