Friday, March 4, 2011

Dark Road to Darjeeling, A Lady Julia Grey Novel by Deanna Raybourn

Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey)

I love series books.  When I pick them up and start reading it is like sitting down with an old friend, catching up with what has happened since I last saw them and then joining them on a new adventure.  Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn lets me catch up with two of my favorite characters, Lady Julia and her husband Nicholas Brisbane.

Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn joins Lady Julia and her husband of eight months, Nicholas Brisbane as they join Julia’s sister Portia and her brother Plum on a trip to India.  Portia’s friend Jane has written from India telling of the death of her husband and the impending birth of her child.  In the letter Jane hints that her husband was murdered and asked that Portia come to help discover the truth.  Portia and Plum stop off in Egypt to enlist the help of Brisbane and Julia.  Jane lives on the Cavendish tea plantation in India with her late husband’s family.  Once there Julia and Brisbane uncover dark secrets, old scandal, and a surprising murderer.

In addition to everything else going on, Julia and Brisbane are two very independent personalities.  They are still adjusting to marriage.   Julia’s desire to investigate and Brisbane need to protect causes problems and tension between the two.  The interaction between these two very strong characters gives an added spice to the story.  There are several unexpected twists in the story and further information about Brisbane’s past.

Dark Road to Darjeeling is the fourth book in the Lady Julia Grey series.  At the end of the book there is a Conservation With the Author and in the conservation Deanna Raybourn gives a few hints about the next book in the series.

I checked Dark Road to Darjeeling out at the Rogers, AR public library.

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