I have read the 106th book for the book challenge. It was Silent On The Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel) by Deanna Raybourn.
Imagine their surprise to find Lady Allenby, and her daughters Ailith and Hilda still residing at Grmisgrave Hall with Brisbane. He hasn’t turned them out. He is preparing a small cottage in which they will live but until it is ready, they will remain in the house, which has fallen into disrepair.
The east wing had collapsed. The sheep have been sold off. Hilda has her chickens. The Gypsy woman Rosalie lives on the moor. Sir Redwall’s Egyptian things are still in his study. Lady Julia endeavors to make a catalogue of his artifacts so that they can be sold. As she is going through them, she stumbles upon a coffin that hold the mummies of two babies. She finds that the babies have golden hair and that they are relatively recent.
Then someone tried to poison Brisbane. Everyone assumes it is Lady Allenby. He recovers, but Lady Allenby is sent to a convent in Ireland.
Lady Julia and Brisbane work to find out more about the mummy babies. Lady Julia finds that Sir Alfred father illegitimate twins in the village. Then she learns that Ailith gave birth to twins from the two golden haired babies in Ailith’s doll’s house. Ailith goes crazy and runs out onto the moor and goes after Valerius and hits him in the head with a rock. Then she goes after Brsibane with a knife and attacks Lady Julia with the knife but it lodges in her stays and only bruises her. Then Ailith jumps from the crag to her death.
Brisbane and Lady Julia publish their betrothal in order to look respectable at the inquest into Ailith’s death. But Brisbane is serious. He wants to marry Lady Julia. And she wants to marry him. They are very much is love. Despite the fact that he keeps pushing her away.
So the story ends with them marrying at Bellmont Abbey. And planning their wedding trip. And planning to be partners in the private inquiry business. Equal partners.
I love this period novel. This was a slower-paced novel than the previous two. The deaths of the two children are not discovered until half-way through the book and Brisbane is not threatened until half-way through the book. Then things happen quickly. One feels bad for Portia because of her break-up with Jane, but we are finally happy for Julia and Brisbane that they are together and have stopped their fooling around. A good ending.