Sometimes, marriage is the kiss of death for a series in which a man and woman quarrel incessantly but finally realize that they are essential to one another’s happiness. Fortunately, the union of Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane enhances rather than detracts from Deanna Raybourn’s DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING. The author keeps us engrossed by removing her characters from their comfort zone and placing them in a lovely Indian tea garden amid scenic mountains and valleys; making it clear that although Julia and Brisbane remain passionately in love (as we are reminded incessantly every time they repair to their bedchamber), they still have issues about Julia’s habit of courting danger; and providing supporting roles for Julia’s sarcastic siblings, Portia and Plum, Julia’s grumpy maid, Morag, and Portia’s sweet-natured friend, Jane, who is widowed and expecting her first child.
Deanna Raybourn’s SILENT OF THE MOOR, the third installment in her series featuring Lady Julia Grey, opens in London in 1888. Thirty-year old Julia is about to embark on a journey to visit the mysterious and mercurial inquiry agent, Nicholas Brisbane. The bad-tempered but very attractive Brisbane, who has gypsy blood and a mysterious past, pulls Julia towards him with one hand and drives her away with the other. What follows is a Gothic tale of long buried secrets, forbidden passion, and murder.
May 30, 2009
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Tags: 19th-Century, Amateur Detective, Deanna Raybourn, Gothic, Time Period Fiction В· Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Facing History, Sleuths Series, United Kingdom