Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dark Road to Darjeeling

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.

I've been waiting "patiently" until the ebook price lowered, but I broke down and bought it. And I'm happy to say that it was worth the money.

It was one of those books that you start and you do not want to stop. It was a definite page turner and the setting of the story was breathtaking. Plus my favorite characters were a fine form, Julia her usual curios self, Brisbane is still dark and mysterious, Plum and Portia were there as well. And there were a couple of old "friends" in this book as well. The characters that are introduced in this story, range from the lowest of servants to the mystical intrigues of a Raja. Not only all that but there were also two peacocks that had their own issues. The dialogue did not disappoint, I love the banter goes back and forth with the siblings. And Brisbane and Julia's arguments are the same as previous books.

The mystery, or rather, mysteries were very interesting and I was totally stumped on who the culprit was, and not mention surprised as well. There's a few answers to questions raised in previous books but at the same time more questions have come to mind. I wonder how long I have to wait the next book?

Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn (4.5/5) Historical Mystery; Published: Mira (10/2010); Format: Ebook for Kindle; Series: # 4, Lady Julia; Books 2011 (9);


Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

So glad you enjoyed this book! Towards the end I was in constant surprise at every page... everything I thought I had figured out was so very wrong. Her next book, The Dark Enquiry, should be out this summer!

Nise' said...

Glad you loved this one too. I was sorry about Portia's friend though. But her future sounds like it will be interesting!

Kailana said...

I really want to read Deanna Raybourn one of these days!!

Marg said...

I loved this book so much! I think it is my favourite in the series.

Fortunately we don't have to wait too long for the next book. I am thinking June, but don't quote me on that.