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Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia Grey #5)

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Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business.Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother,...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Felicia
Well I have a HUGE soft spot for this series. The last book was a TAD off for me, but very excited that this one took it back to awesomeville. In fact, it might be my favorite since the first two! I am absolutely in love with Lady Julia and her point of view. The writing is so impeccable, it really sets the Victorian tone, but at the same time we enjoy the POV of a modern, liberated woman. Most people try to shove modern sensibilities into history and make it WHOLLY unbelievable, but with these...more
Jenny Q
If you haven't read the Lady Julia Grey series, then I must ask you...WHY NOT??? Though I shouldn't scold you. I only picked up the first book this past February. But I fell in love while reading Silent in the Grave, and I went out and got all of the other books in the series and read them back-to-back--they're that good!

I won't delve too much into the plot because I don't want to let any spoilers slip, but I will tell you why I thought this book was another fantastic addition to a fantastic ser...more
Lori
Deanna Raybourn, Lady Julia, and her "yummy" husband, Brisbane, just keep getting better. I loved this addition to the series. Raybourn is an expert at creating setting and the way that she reveals her characters to the reader just leaves us wanting to know more (especially about the wonderful, Nicholas Brisbane). The dialogue is witty without being absurd, and the sparks fly between the two main characters. I read these stories for the characters, but the mysteries are nicely plotted and have a...more
Allison
This was fun, for the most part. The part that started to drag was Julia getting lectured and chastened by both her husband and father. I know it's appropriate to the time period, but still. Yes, she's reckless. No, she never listens to any advice. But why should marrying Brisbane have changed any of that? Isn't it time to come to terms with this and find a suitable compromise? I believe it's driven the plots as far as it can.

Thankfully, the last part of the book moved beyond this tired conflict...more
Barb
I was really disappointed by this installment of the Lady Julia series. I am not easily offended and I appreciate sick humor but there were a few things that I had difficulty with and was surprised that Deanna Raybourn included in this story.

I didn't care for the view of Julia as somewhat flakey and I hate to say it but this story reminded me of Tahsa Alexander's Lady Emily books.

I have always been a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn and I feel like I am being disloyal by posting this unfavorable revi...more
Mary
The Dark Enquiry is the fifth book in the Lady Julia Grey series. Brisbane and Lady Julia have returned to London, and Brisbane resumes his private enquiry business. Lady Julia would desperately like to be an equal partner in his business, and she feels she has much to offer in the way of detective skills; Brisbane, on the other hand, views her as a complication, an irresistible but exasperating complication. In trying to prove herself a worthy partner, Lady Julia unexpectedly discovers that her...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn is the fifth book in the truly spectacular Lady Julia series. Y'all, I can't even explain to you how much I love these books. Julia and Brisbane are definitely among my most beloved characters of all time. Both Gothic and mystical flairs give this series an atmosphere unlike any other. If you haven't checked these books out yet, what are you waiting for?

Like I've mentioned in past reviews, the first book of the series begins like so:

"To say that I met Nicholas...more
Linda Baker
I was delighted to get the galley for The Dark Enquiry and meet Deanna Raybourn at the same time as I have been a fan of the series since the first book, Silent in the Grave. Silent in the Grave has one of the best "grabber" openings ever---"To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor". If that doesn't catch your attention, nothing will! One of the thing I enjoy most about the series is t...more
Hannah M.
From the start, the stories of Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have held me captive. I have, over the course of several books watched the two characters grow and change as individuals and as a couple. Even before The Dark Enquiry the two had weathered so much together, so when the investigation in this book turned out to be tied close to the family, I was intrigued to see how everything would work out – for better, or worse.

There is, in my opinion, a huge plus column backing up The Dark Enquiry...more
Ruth
I loved this one. Yet again, the author has managed to hit my "funny bone", with witty, clear writing, correct grammar and spelling (pedantic, I know, but if you can why not write fluently?), great character and plot development and the continuing charming and oh-so-real relationship between Julia and Nicholas.

This is the 5th of the series, and it's astonishing to me how engaged I still am in it. Especially when I consider I read them all back-to-back, and I'm trying to put my finger on why I li...more
Angie
Oh, how I love this series. I'm sure you all know very well just how much I love this series. I look forward to the new installment in Lady Julia's and Mr. Nicholas Brisbane's adventures all the year long. And by the time I get my hands on the latest book, I feel justified engaging in a little happy dancing as I have exhibited uncommon patience going so long without their inimitable company. And that's essentially what I did when I saw THE DARK ENQUIRY pop up on NetGalley. They came through for...more
Marlene
The Dark Enquiry is the latest entry in Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series. In this installment, Lady Julia and her husband, Nicholas Brisbane, have recently returned to London from both their honeymoon in the Mediterranean and an extended trip to India to solve a murder.

Solving murders together is nothing new for Brisbane and Lady Julia;they met when she hired him to solve the murder of her first husband. In fact, their entire courtship was conducted over a series of the recently and felo...more
Holly
SPOILER WARNING: I hate to do this but it’s become impossible to talk about this series without mentioning a major spoiler from DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING. If you have any interest in reading this series please go pick up SILENT IN THE GRAVE and the two “Silents” which precede it first. I promise you you won’t be disappointed. ;)

Freshly arrived from a murder investigation in India, Lady Julia is back in a routine at the Brisbane residence in London. Routine meaning her new routine – getting used to...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

**WARNING** The Official Blurb and review for this book both contain spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Mira
Author’s Website: deannaraybourn.com
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Lady Julia Grey Series
Series Best Read In Order: Yes.
Steam Level: Warm


I have been a fan of the series since I picked up the first Lady Ju...more
K. Bird
Brisbane and Julia are one of my all time favorite couples, and in this fifth installment Deanna Raybourn has surrounded them with interesting characters ranging from old time favorites Morag, Julia's unrepentently unloyal maid, to new characters like Morgan fielding, a noble using his charm to hide his network of spies.

For any lover of this series, The Dark Enquiry will be a satisfying read. Once again Deanna stirs up intrigue and passions starting with the death of a medium after a seance and...more
Michele
I read the Lady Julia Grey mysteries for one reason only: they are such a delightful excursion into the beauty of writing. Raybourn can string a sentence together and write charming dialog better than almost any other writer out there. The plots are lovely, but it's the writing that hooked me.

If you haven't read any of the Lady Julia books, please do start with the first one. Maximum enjoyment comes from reading the series in order and this book is the 5th in the series.

If you've been reading th...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
4.4

This installment lets the readers see a little bit more of Nicholas and also gives us a rounder impression of Julia and Nicholas' married life.

Though they argue about the same damn things and make up with the same loveliness, at first I thought I was going to bang my head against the wall with the "sameness". As a married woman I understood the argument and the stubbornness and the arguing but as a reader I was hoping something would give.

And it did; boy, was it glorious! They seem to have g...more
Jennifer
Jul 02, 2011 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans
Shelves: mystery
I cannot recommend these books enough. They only get better the deeper we get into the series.

This one opens with Julia and Brisbane attempting to settle into a normal married life in London. But as we've learned with this pair there's really no such thing as normal. They still struggle to find a happy medium between Julia's desire to join Brisbane in his investigations and Brisbane's desire to protect Julia at all costs. This makes for some great dialogue (sometimes touching, sometimes funny, s...more
Laylah
I don't know if it has always been like this and I just notice. Maybe in previous books I concentrated mostly on the protagonists' whirlwind courtship. Now that the matter on that front has been settled in the last two books, I started to look in other directions and what I see I don't quite like.

Lady Julia Brisbane is back in this installment with her old antics. If you like a spunky, most girlish of girlish type of sleuth, she is your cup of tea. I liked her enough four books ago. Now? She is...more
Christy
I'll give this one 3.5 stars for the story and an extra half star bump for the excellent narration by Ellen Archer.

I've listened to all the Lady Julia books by Deanna Raybourn and enjoyed them, but the details of the plots have not stuck with me, so I think you could read this as a stand-alone. There were several kind of pointless detours in this book, like the Gypsy camp, but overall it was quite well done.

It's always an interesting trick for a romance writer to keep the romance going after t...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
This review is also published at http://thebookaholiccat.com

The Dark Enquiry is book five in the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn.

Julia and her husband Brisbane are back in London after their long honeymoon. Now they are trying to settle a house together with all the compromises that it requires. Julia is also is trying to help Brisbane with his investigation business, she wants a complete partnership for them, the problem is he wants to keep Julia safe and his line of work is anything but...more
Christa
The Lady Julia series is one of my favorites, and I believe that the books just keep getting better. As soon as I finish one, I anxiously await the next. The Dark Enquiry was a great addition to the series, and

In this book, the wonderful characters of Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane are struggling to adjust to married life. I loved seeing them try to learn to work together. Nicholas is just as protective as ever, and Lady Julia is still inquisitive and determined to show how successful and hel...more
Amy
I do like this series of books, but the heroine is starting to get a little bit stagnant in her immaturity. I also did not like (view spoiler)...more
Deborah Court
Brava, Ms Raybourn!!!

Another wonderful book in the Lady Julia Grey series. I love Julia's stubborness, courage and intelligence, and the multi-layered character of Brisbane, her sexy-Sherlock-Holmes-ish, half Gypsy, charismatic and brooding husband. As the other books in the series, the author weaves a very clever mystery that will leave you guessing until the end.
Deanna Raybourn is one of the best when it comes to historical suspense. She always has very complex and interesting plots, and I l...more
Stephanie
Generally a good follow-up to the Lady Julia series, though there were a couple of sections where the author seemed to fall back on cliche or quoting famous old stories or rehashing moments from earlier books. Sections where I thought, "She wrote this book in a hurry." There's a little deus ex machina twist at the end that was...interesting. And I must say the mystery stayed mysterious till the end, something I don't often find. Over all, a decent read, just not at the same level as the first tw...more
Amy A
The Dark Enquiry is the last (up to this point) full-length novel in the Julie Grey series. It's been a few months since the events in Dark Road to Darjeeling and the Brisbanes are setting back into London life. Julia is still trying to get Brisbane to accept her more fully as a partner in his private enquiry service and Brisbane is trying his hardest to keep that from happening. He should know better by now that Julia will not be pacified to sit at home while her husband is out solving mysterie...more
LiteraryLover
While the surprise at the end seemed a little thrown in, I still adored this book and the series as a whole. While I enjoyed the previous book, it wasn't quite as good to me as the other books in the series. However I felt like this installment was an improvement and I am glad since it's probably become one of my favorite series. Not to mention not only are they well written with excellent characters, they are funny too.
Louise
The mystery in this took a while to get started and when it did get started, there were so many twists and turns and political mumble jumble that I sort of got lost. But short of that, more of the same. Julia fumbling into what could have been a solution, Brisbane being tall, dark, and charming. And some gypsy stuff.
Laurel
I wish I could give this one four and a half stars. I hit a small sticky patch where I momentairly lost interest in the plot. However, had I simply read a page or two more, I would have found myself swept up all over again. I'm so happy that Felicia Day and her exquisite book club turned me onto this series!
adventurat
Still really enjoying this series, and delighted that, in this book, the Brisbanes aren't physically separated or working on separate investigations, though they do work separately on the same investigation. They are so good together, the scenes that include the two of them, alone or with others, are by far my favourites in all of these books thus far.

Worldbuilding continues to be stellar, with historical events delicately gilded to the general Victorian social and societal spheres in which the...more
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A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with h...more
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“I am sorry " I murmured.

"I know. I ought not to have threatened to beat you " he returned. He pressed a kiss to my hair.

"I just cannot bear to be kept out of your life " I said into the dark.

He gave a sigh. "Julia you daft woman. When you will you understand You are my life.”
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“Be calm," she said soothingly, and I realized she was not talking to the bird.
"How am I supposed to be calm? I worry," I retorted.
She gave a snort. "Then you are more stupid than I supposed. Worry, what is that? A pointless thing is Mr. Worry-an intruder. He steals into your house and creeps into your bed and what do you do child? Do you push him away and tell him to be gone and bolt the door fast against him? No, you move over and let him have the good pillow and the best quilt to warm himself." She flapped a hand in disgust. "Worry never did a man a bit of good. All he does is robs one's peace and make lines on the face.”
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