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Deanna Raybourn


USA flag (1968 - )

A sixth-generation native Texan, 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.
 
Awards
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


Deanna Raybourn recommends
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Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron (2010)
(Jane Austen , book 10)
Stephanie Barron
"From its deftly crafted mystery to its pitch-perfect Regency tone, this book is a delight."
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Vienna Waltz (2011)
(Malcolm & Suzanne Rannoch, book 3)
Teresa Grant (Tracy Grant)
"Absolutely gripping... historical intrigue at its finest."
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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."
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The Mayfair Affair (2015)
(Malcolm & Suzanne Rannoch, book 9)
Tracy Grant
"Unravel the secrets and lies at the heart of an almost impenetrable mystery..thrilling."
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The Smoke Hunter (2016)
Jacquelyn Benson
"Fans of spirited heroines, dashing heroes, and perilous mysteries will love this rollicking adventure. A thoroughly engaging debut!"
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An Extraordinary Union (2017)
(Loyal League)
Alyssa Cole
"Richly detailed setting, heart-stopping plot, and unforgettable characters."
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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!"
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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."
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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."
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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."

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