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The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia Grey #5)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  6,041 Ratings  ·  497 Reviews
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 2011)
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Aug 03, 2011 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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
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
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
The Dark Enquiry
4 Stars

Marriage to a private enquiry agent has become a frustrating enterprise for Lady Julia as her husband still strives to protect her from his professional life just as she longs to become a full partner in his endeavors. Julia gets her wish after following Brisbane to a clandestine meeting and witnessing what appears to be the murder of a psychic medium. As Julia and Brisbane investigate the strange death, they must learn to work together or lose everything, for the foe they
Jan 26, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Linda Baker
Jun 05, 2011 Linda Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Kusanagi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dernier tome format roman des aventures de Lady Julia et Nicholas Brisbane...

Un tome où l'on en apprends plus sur le passé de Brisbane, sur certains des aspects de son travail....

Un tome qui met aussi en avant les relations (et les conflits) à l'intérieur de la famille March.

Un tome qui se faufile dans une histoire d'espionnage, lorgnant à la fois sur certaines des aventures de Sherlock Holmes, mais aussi sur le couple crée par Agatha Christie de Tuppence et Tommy Beredford (j'ai envie de les re
Lady Wesley
Oct 14, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
I liked this book when I read it but enjoyed it even more listening to the audiobook. Ellen Archer does an excellent job portraying all of the characters; she has a wide variety of voices for both gentlemen and ladies.

I think that this book is perhaps the most romantic of the series, as we see Julia and Brisbane attempting to settle into domestic routine. Except, they really aren't very "settled," and their lives are anything but "routine." Julia is still headstrong, but less annoying to me, an
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
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
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
Jul 07, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
❂ Jennifer
I liked it; better than The Dark Road to Darjeeling, but it wasn't exactly what I'd hoped it would be. Brisbane is still keeping secrets from Julia, but at least Julia has more or less stopped running around trying to solve mysteries behind his back; they reach a state of mutual respect for each other that was sorely lacking in the last book.

Slightly more wordy review:
Miss Clark
Jun 23, 2015 Miss Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
K. Lincoln
Aug 21, 2011 K. Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  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
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

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
Oct 12, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.35/3.5 stars generously rounded up for the series continuity

I don't know, this didn't feel like it was quite so good - Julia and Brisbane have become a tad repetitive in some regards - yes, they love each other, they want to protect each other, blah, blah, blah. Portia was barely involved, too taken up with Jane the Younger and while Plum was present he may as well have not been. The extended March family's absence in the previous book, Dark Road to Darjeeling Lady Julia Grey 4 made sense as t
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
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
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
Apr 18, 2011 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-arc
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
I hate not finishing a series. But this series which showed so much promise has gone steadily downhill. In the first 7 pages of this book the heroine has already said and done 6 ridiculous things. She has gone from a competent, intelligent woman at the beginning of book one to nothing but a figure of ridicule. She stumbles around ruining all his careful plans. She is always wrong about who is innocent and who is guilty. And now she has blown up portions of his house 4 times. Her only skill is as ...more
Shaye Lowe
I loved the development of Brisbane and Julia into married life. I was thrilled with the growing love between them and 10 pages from the end the entire series is ruined for me. I get that Julia likes the excitement of working the cases but it is completely ridiculous to me that she doesn't understand the danger in what she is doing. It amounts to her dismissing what Brisbane does as trivial and so simple even a sheltered lady in waiting can do it. But what really upset me about the conclusion to ...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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lady Julia Grey (5 books)
  • Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
  • Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia Grey, #2)
  • Silent on the Moor (Lady Julia Grey, #3)
  • Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey, #4)

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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.”
“I matched my heated tone with one of pure ice. "I believe I did attempt to relate to you the facts of my calls and you interrupted me with a rather magnificent display of temper much as you are doing now. If you do not have all the facts of the case perhaps you have no one but yourself to blame."

Brisbane opened his mouth and shut it with a snap. His mouth remained closed but I could hear him muttering under his breath.

"What are you saying?"

"I am counting. To one hundred. In Cantonese.”
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