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Dark Road to Darjeeling (A Lady Julia Mystery Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Deanna Raybourn
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After eight idyllic months in the Mediterranean, Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband are ready to put their investigative talents to work once more. At the urging of Julia's eccentric family, they hurry to India to aid an old friend, the newly widowed Jane Cavendish. Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband's family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child—and with discovering the truth about her husband's death. Was he murdered for his estate? And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next?

Amid the lush foothills of the Himalayas, dark deeds are buried and malicious thoughts flourish. The Brisbanes uncover secrets and scandal, illicit affairs and twisted legacies. In this remote and exotic place, exploration is perilous and discovery, deadly. The danger is palpable and, if they are not careful, Julia and Nicholas will not live to celebrate their first anniversary.



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From Publishers Weekly

Set in 1889, Raybourn's sharp, surprising fourth Lady Julia Grey novel (after Silent on the Moor) finds Julia thoroughly enjoying her honeymoon with her detective husband, Nicholas Brisbane, in the Himalayas, where her brother, Plum, and sister, Portia, show up unexpectedly with startling news. Portia's former lover, Jane Cavendish, is convinced that her husband, Freddie, has been murdered in India. Brisbane, who reluctantly joins his wife and her siblings in their search for Freddie's killer, gets quickly drawn into a web of intrigue that's long on suspects and short on evidence. The mystery deepens as Grey and Brisbane explore India's colonial tensions and realize that everyone has a motive for murder. Raybourn skillfully balances humor and earnest, deadly drama, creating well-drawn characters and a rich setting. New readers may want to go back and start with the series debut, Silent in the Grave, which won an Agatha Award.
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From Booklist

The fourth Lady Julia Grey mystery (following Silent on the Moor, 2009) finds Julia happily married to handsome, brooding detective Nicholas Brisbane. Their honeymoon is interrupted by her sister Portia and brother Plum, who want Julia and her new husband to come to India, where Portia’s former lover, Jane Cavendish, is living on the tea plantation her recently deceased husband, Freddie, inherited. Freddie died under mysterious circumstances, and Jane suspects he may have been murdered for his inheritance. Jane is pregnant, and she fears her child will be in danger if it proves to be a boy. Despite her husband’s objections, Julia decides to investigate Freddie’s murder, getting to know the potential suspects, including Freddie’s spinster aunt, his cousin Harry, several neighbors, and a mysterious man known as the White Rajah. As Julia closes in on the killer, she uncovers more than a few family secrets. Raybourn expertly evokes late-nineteenth-century colonial India in this rollicking good read, distinguished by its delightful lady detective and her colorful family. --Kristine Huntley

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  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778328201
  • Publisher: Mira (October 1, 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041KLEI2
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking the Dark Road... September 23, 2010
By vshow
Format:Paperback
If you are a fan of historical mysteries and you haven't read the first three books in Deanna Raybourn's amazing Lady Julia Grey series then I would suggest that you do so immediately. This is a fantastic series featuring excellent writing, wonderful characters, exacting period detail, and sharp as a tack dialogue.

The first three books in the series found Julia and Nicholas meeting over the body of her first husband, bonding over adventures involving her family and his and finally realizing that they are meant to be. The newest book was bound to be a challenge for it would be the first to feature the couple as husband and wife. These are two incredibly strong-willed people and I wondered if DR would be able to find a way to allow them to make all of the compromises a newly married couple must make and still retain their individuality. I needn't have worried, because in DR's masterful hands Julia and Nicholas manage to navigate their way through the rocky waters of their new marriage and emerge not only stronger as a couple, but also with their individual character intact.

The book opens with Julia's siblings Plum and Portia tracking the newlywed Brisbanes down while they are on their honeymoon. Portia requests their assistance in the matter of her ex-partner Jane. Jane is recently widowed and expecting a child. She is living on her husband's tea plantation in India and Portia is concerned about her safety, as well as her state of mind. The group travels to India, where they set about figuring out if there was indeed foul play involved in Jane's husband's death. Initially, I bemoaned the fact that this book was going to be set in India since England is my favorite setting for historical mysteries, but I soon changed my tune. The setting was perfect.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, annoying heroine! November 8, 2010
By Claire
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This is the 4th book in the Lady Julia Grey series. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 novels, my feelings about this one are mixed.

After Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane marry in the previous book (SILENT ON THE MOOR), they spend the better part of a year on their Mediterranean wedding trip, finally rushing to India to aid a close family friend whose husband has died under questionable circumstances, their first mystery to solve as a married couple.

The setting at a tea plantation in the Himalayan foothills is described beautifully. The characters are all fascinating, and the mystery to be solved is a really tough one. However, Lady Julia does not come across very well this time out. I can't believe the author intended her heroine to be this irritating! Lady Julia imagines herself equal to her husband Nicholas Brisbane's sleuthing skills and manages to make his job that much harder as he has to constantly save her from herself. Julia's ridiculous over-confidence and childish need to compete with her husband is truly annoying. As appealing as she was in the three previous novels, that's how unappealing she is in this novel. I can only hope the author will endow Lady Julia with a lot more common sense in the next book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Harbinger: This series just gets better October 1, 2010
Format:Paperback
Like many mid-series books, I had both giddy, unrestrained expectations and somewhat hesitant reservations for Dark Road to Darjeeling. If the Lady Julia Gray series had been a trilogy, it was perfect in my eyes, especially the conclusion of Silent on the Moor. Really, I couldn't have asked for more. That said I was still very ecstatic about the prospect of another book with the darkly intriguing Brisbane and charmingly obstinate Julia, but it was hard not to think for just a second that the streak for near perfection would be tainted somehow. This reservation was compounded by the fact that this was a transitional book for these two. I was a tad afraid that their relationship wouldn't have that same spark that made the first three books so special.

Again, as many of the most beloved books do, I'm left speechless, and Dark Road to Darjeeling is just one of those stumpers. Where the mystery twists and turns may have become routine or Julia and Brisbane's relationship could've lost its distinctive tug-of-war, it didn't. The suspects were myriad and the motives complex. The change in location to totally unfamiliar territory - India - evidently proved inspiring rather than stifling. Along with Julia, I was alternately enchanted and frightened by the lush location and fooled as to the true identities and motives of those around her. Brisbane is as dashing, mysterious, and at times as frustrating as ever. The real stand out is their amazingly organic professional and personal relationship. They push and pull at one another and yet complement each other very well. I love watching them argue and care. It's a given that I've already reread my favorite passages, many of which include only Julia and Brisbane. I also continue to be touched and entertained by the March family, especially Portia.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Whodunit September 27, 2010
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Dark Road To Darjeeling is the fourth book in the Lady Julia Grey series, but it is the first book, I have read from this author. I think it is safe to say, that this book can be read as a stand alone, but I personally would have liked to have read the previous books. I normally do not read historical mysteries, as I am more of a historical romance type of gal, but I was intrigued by the blurb. Not to mention, I occasionally enjoy a good mystery as much as the next person. So, when I was asked to read and review, I was happy to.

The author does an amazing job with the character detail. Each character was rich with depth and substance. My favorite was the protagonist, Lady Julia. She was compassionate, independent, witty, and an intelligent woman, who also had a craving for adventure. But much to her husband, Brisbane's disdain, she also leaped before she looked and carelessly put herself in danger. Not having read the previous books, I thought Brisbane came off a bit a jerk in the beginning of the book, but, as the story went on, I began to understand his point of view. I think my problem was, I was living vicariously through Lady Julia, so much so, that I was also beginning to feel as she felt and only seeing the world around her, from her perspective. In truth, I didn't realize I was doing it, until it was brought to my attention, by a supporting character through the author's remarkable writing skill. I also appreciated, while Lady Julia and Brisbane were newlyweds, they were not living in marital bliss. It found it interesting as they struggled to find a compromise and discover that marriage wasn't all happy bliss, it took work.

I thought the plot was a wonderfully written whodunit. Lady Jane and Brisbane are pulled from their honeymoon to investigate a murder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great twisty ending!
Published 1 month ago by F. T. Vogt
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good series
Lady Julia's family are fun & quirky to read about. Still uncertain about Lady Julia as an actual detective.
Published 1 month ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars arresting development
Am hooked and bought all the series
Published 1 month ago by Donna Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars A budding Elizabeth. P. rival, in too much of a hurry to get there
A ripping yarn - but not so well done as the first 3 Lady Julia mysteries. The first (Silent in the Grave" I think it is) book, I thought quite enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars ... a bit slow but once into it I really enjoyed the whole story
I thought it started off a bit slow but once into it I really enjoyed the whole story.
Published 2 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked the first 3 books a lot better
Published 3 months ago by star24
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I find this book enjoyable but it lacks the depth I was hoping for. I find the 2nd book in this series the best and hope to have the 5th meet that quality.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Lou Maciey
4.0 out of 5 stars Least Favorite in the Series
I really love this series, but this was my least favorite book in the series so far. It was a great deal darker than the previous entries, which isn't really what I'm looking for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It is wonderful how the author takes you on these journeys to different countries. How she places you there. The descriptions are awesome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The book takes so many unexpected turns that I found fascinating, one never knows what place a new character may have or where minor one may change.
Published 4 months ago by Mary Gressette
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A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time. Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

"Sex, lies and awesome clothing descriptions" is how one reader described Deanna's debut novel, SILENT IN THE GRAVE, published in January 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 the 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.

The series continues with the second book, SILENT IN THE SANCTUARY (January 2008), a classic English country house murder mystery with a few twists and turns for Brisbane and Lady Julia along the way. Silent on the Moor (March 2009), set in a grim manor house on the Yorkshire moors, is the third adventure for Lady Julia and the mysterious Brisbane.

March 2010 saw a departure from the series with the release of THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, a mid-Victorian Gothic thriller that chronicles the adventures of novelist Theodora Lestrange as she leaves the safety and security of her Edinburgh home for the dark woods and haunted castles of Transylvania. Deanna takes Lady Julia and her companions to the exotic foothills of the Himalayas with DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING (October 2010). The fifth book in the series, THE DARK ENQUIRY, sees the return of Lady Julia and Brisbane to London for their most puzzling adventure--one that strikes painfully close to home.

Deanna plots her books from her home in Virginia. After one too many hot Texas summers, Deanna and her husband packed up their daughter and moved to the mid-Atlantic state, where they enjoy the fall leaves but deeply miss good Tex-Mex cooking.

Still Virginia has been good to this author. Deanna's novel SILENT IN THE GRAVE won the 2008 RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, a total of five RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Her fourth Lady Julia novel, DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING, was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery, and her fifth Lady Julia release, THE DARK ENQUIRY, was a New York Times bestseller.

Lady Julia's holiday adventure, SILENT NIGHT, a digital novella, will be available November 1, 2012, while her next stand-alone novel, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, debuts May 1, 2013. Set in Africa in 1923, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS follows the daring flapper heiress Delilah Drummond as she travels to Africa in disgrace only to find the adventure of a lifetime.

You can find her blogging three days a week at www.deannaraybourn.com/blog, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter, check out her contests and book trailer videos, and catch her latest appearances at www.deannaraybourn.com.

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