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Dark Road to Darjeeling (A Lady Julia Mystery Book 4) by [Raybourn, Deanna]
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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778328201
  • Publisher: MIRA (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041KLEI2
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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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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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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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This is the 4th book in the Lady Julia Grey mystery series. It is 1889. Lady Julia and her her husband Brisbane are drawn to India by Jane, the once-lover of Julia's sister Portia who now finds herself pregnant and alone after her husband died under mysterious circumstances. Jane and her unborn baby are now at risk as the baby, should it turn out to be a boy, will become heir to the considerable estate that presumably the father was killed for.

Like the other 3 books, this one is filled with a colorful cast of characters that Lady Julia politely mingles with (in that uniquely British way) while pumping them for personal details of their lives and entanglements with the deceased. The dialogue is clever and the conversations between Julia and her sister Portia are always good for a laugh. She and her husband Brisbane continue to have a spicy relationship filled with passionate arguments followed by even more passionate lovemaking. Or at least it's passionate in my head as the author doesn't divulge any details beyond, "satisfying marital relations."

But sadly this is the last book in the series I will be reading. The relationship between Julia and Brisbane, while still fun to read, lost much of it's sizzle in this book. The humor, which is still there (barely), is growing stale. Julia's character is not developing except for the fact that she gets increasingly unpleasant in each book. The premise of Julia being good at getting near-strangers to divulge their most intimate secrets has started to grate. And frankly, Julia never actually solves any mysteries. At the end of each book the guilty party simply confesses to her. Every. Freekin. Time.

The first 3 are really fun. Silent in the Grave (#1) is the best. But despite my desperate love of Nicholas Brisbane, this will be my last adventure with Lady Julia Grey.
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