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Deanna Raybourn

USA flag (b.1968)

Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in English and History and an emphasis on Shakespearean Studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist.
Fourteen years later, she signed a three-book deal with MIRA Books. "Sex, lies and awesome clothing descriptions" is how one reader has described Deanna`s debut novel, Silent in the Grave, published in December 2007. The first in the Silent series, the book follows Lady Julia Grey as she investigates the mysterious death of her husband with the help of enigmatic private inquiry agent Nicholas Brisbane. From the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to a Gypsy camp on Hampstead Heath, Silent in the Grave deftly captures the lush ambience of Victorian London.
Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Genres: Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Historical, Romance
New Books
March 2023

A Sinister Revenge
(Veronica Speedwell Mystery, book 8)
Agatha Award Best First Novel nominee (2007) : Silent in the Grave
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2008) : Silent in the Grave
Rita Awards Best First Book nominee (2008) : Silent in the Grave
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2009) : Silent in the Sanctuary
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2019) : A Treacherous Curse

Deanna Raybourn recommends
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (2010)
(Jane Austen Mysteries, book 10)
Stephanie Barron
"From its deftly crafted mystery to its pitch-perfect Regency tone, this book is a delight."
Vienna Waltz (2011)
(Rannoch Fraser Mystery, book 3)
Teresa Grant (Tracy Grant)
"Absolutely gripping... historical intrigue at its finest."
The Anatomist's Wife (2012)
(Lady Darby Mystery, book 1)
Anna Lee Huber
"A riveting debut... An original premise, an enigmatic heroine, and a compelling Highland setting... A book you won't want to put down."
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman (2015)
(Lady Montfort Mystery, book 1)
Tessa Arlen
"Tessa Arlen has a worthy debut with 'Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman.' With a deliciously gruesome murder and an unlikely pair of sleuths, this is a treat for fans of 'Downton Abbey' who will want to devour it with a nice steaming pot of Earl Grey."
A Desperate Fortune (2015)
Susanna Kearsley
"Susanna Kearsley deftly conjures both historical intrigue and a contemporary heroine as unique as she is memorable."
The Mayfair Affair (2015)
(Rannoch Fraser Mystery, book 9)
Tracy Grant
"Unravel the secrets and lies at the heart of an almost impenetrable mystery..thrilling."
The Smoke Hunter (2016)
(Magdalene Diggers, book 1)
Jacquelyn Benson
"Fans of spirited heroines, dashing heroes, and perilous mysteries will love this rollicking adventure. A thoroughly engaging debut!"
An Extraordinary Union (2017)
(Loyal League, book 1)
Alyssa Cole
"Richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters."
Murder on Black Swan Lane (2017)
(Wrexford & Sloane Mystery, book 1)
Andrea Penrose
"Thoroughly enjoyable . . . with sharp, engaging characters, rich period detail, and a compellingly twisty plot, Andrea Penrose delivers a winner . . . fans of C.S. Harris and Kate Ross will be rooting for Charlotte Sloane and the Earl of Wrexford. Devilishly good fun!"
The Countess of Prague (2017)
(Countess of Prague Mystery, book 1)
Stephen Weeks
"Hooray for Countess Trixie! Stephen Weeks has conjured a breath of fresh air with this colorful and memorable character. Fans of Elizabeth Peters will be charmed by the intrepid countess and her cast of valiant helpers. With its exotic setting and the promise of many more adventures to come, THE COUNTESS OF PRAGUE is sure to delight."
The Broken Girls (2018)
Simone St James
"With the moldering ruin of a boarding school, a malicious ghost, and secrets that will not stay buried, The Broken Girls promises much and more than delivers. Each new twist is served with calculated, masterful precision.... A vivid, riveting story you won't soon forget."
Searcher of the Dead (2018)
(Bess Ellyott Mystery, book 1)
Nancy Herriman
"This is the book Agatha Christie would have written if she had worn a farthingale."
The Hollow of Fear (2018)
(Lady Sherlock, book 3)
Sherry Thomas
"[A] fresh, exciting new version of Sherlock Holmes."
Murder Knocks Twice (2019)
(Speakeasy Murders Mystery, book 1)
Susanna Calkins
"There’s nothing like a slick and sassy speakeasy for atmosphere, and MURDER KNOCKS TWICE delivers. The secrets are as heady as bathtub gin in this smart 1920s mystery that will keep you guessing."
The Widow of Rose House (2019)
Diana Biller
"Utterly irresistible. With engaging, original characters and dialogue as crisp as a new apple."
The King's Justice (2020)
(Maggie Hope, book 9)
Susan Elia MacNeal
"Inimitable, indefatigable, intrepid--there simply are not enough good adjectives to describe Maggie Hope. The latest installment of Susan Elia MacNeal's masterful series brings us a wiser and wounded Maggie, one who defuses bombs and buzzes around London on her motorbike, drowning her demons in pink gin and pitting her wits against a serial killer determined to have the last laugh. I was riveted from the first page to the last, rooting for Maggie all the way. Reading her latest adventure is like walking a tightrope made of razor wire."
Fortune Favours the Dead (2020)
(Pentecost and Parker, book 1)
Stephen Spotswood
"Fortune Favors the Dead takes gritty 40s noir, shakes it up, gives it a charming twist, and serves it up with unforgettable style. My new favorite sleuthing duo are Pentecost and Parker, the spiritual sisters of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. An utterly brilliant debut!"
Absence of Mercy (2020)
(Lightner and Law Mystery, book 1)
S M Goodwin
"A hero you'll root for from the very first page!"
Olive Bright, Pigeoneer (2020)
(Olive Bright, book 1)
Stephanie Graves
"From literary-themed pigeons to a cozy village seething with dark secrets and populated by a delightful cast of characters, Olive Bright, Pigeoneer is fresh, original, and sure to enchant. An absolute winner!"
In the Garden of Spite (2021)
Camilla Bruce
"In the Garden of Spite is a chilling, pitch-perfect novel that should finally make Belle Gunness a household name. A superb and unforgettable read."
The Conductors (2021)
(Murder and Magic, book 1)
Nicole Glover
"Nicole Glover blends historical detail and magical elements into an unforgettable debut. The Conductors is a wholly original and thoroughly riveting story. This is no doubt the first of many brilliant books to come."
Under Lock & Skeleton Key (2022)
(Secret Staircase Mystery, book 1)
Gigi Pandian
"With dazzling sleight of hand, Pandian launches an enchaunting new series...A must-read."
The Villa (2023)
Rachel Hawkins
"Rachel Hawkins DELIVERS with The Villa. Slick, twisty, and packed full of pop culture references spanning decades, this book is a perfectly delicious read. I devoured it as fast as I could and wanted to read it again immediately. Buy one for yourself and another for your best friend because you'll want to talk about it for days."

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