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A husband, a family, a comfortable life: Theodora Lestrange lives in terror of it all.With a modest inheritance and the three gowns that comprise her entire wardrobe, Theodora leaves Edinburgh--and a disappointed suitor--far behind. She is bound for Rumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered, to visit an old friend and write the book that will bring her true inde ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jill Hill
Dec 29, 2009 Jill Hill rated it really liked it
Can we PLEASE go back to the original cover style for her books so I'm not embarrassed to buy them?
MB (What she read)
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Angie
Mar 01, 2010 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns
For the last couple of weeks I've been obsessively checking my local bookstore's stock online to see if Deanna Raybourn's THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST just happened to get in early. Yes, I actually am that nerdy and it's much too late to do anything about it. But, in this case, the effort paid off as a nice, healthy stack of them awaited me on the "New Fiction" table when I dashed in from the rain on my way home from work. As you know, I am a devoted Lady Julia Grey fan. I adore that series and am anxio ...more
LJ
First Sentence: All proper stories begin with the words Once upon a time….

Theodroa Lastrange travels to a castle in the Carpathian Mountains at the invitation of her school-days friend, Cosmina. There she finds an old castle, an aristocratic family, and a count to whom she is inexplicably and inexorably attracted. She also finds superstition and dark tales of werewolves and be involved in the destruction of an alleged vampire.

My feelings, about this book, changed almost page to page and my ratin
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Barb
I was so focused on the fact that Deanna Raybourn had a new book coming out that I somehow failed to find out what the book was about until I was standing in the check out line at the bookstore. And even reading the back cover I still didn't know what I was in for. Really there should be vampire warnings somewhere so that you know what you're getting yourself into with books these days.

The back cover does say our heroine is bound for Rumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered... and t
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Maria Clara
Oct 19, 2015 Maria Clara rated it really liked it
Una historia original basada en el mito de los vampiros, en la misteriosa Transilvana de 1860. Un relato donde no todo es lo que parece, y donde el amor y la muerte se dan la mano. Una lectura muy recomendable.
Susan
Dec 04, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic
This book reminded me of one of those classical gothic tales. It moved at a leisurely pace as the story unfolded slowly with interesting details. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the castle in Transylvania, the descriptions of the neighboring countryside, the many characters within the story and the heroine's will to be independent. However, I wish I had a better grasp of the hero in the story. Got glimpses of him, but they were just that, glimpses. I never really felt the character was totally flesh ...more
Juliette
Aug 11, 2010 Juliette rated it liked it
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Misfit
Dec 12, 2013 Misfit rated it liked it
Recommended to Misfit by: Amazon Vine
A twist on the old Dracula legends? Or is there something else going on here? Theodora Lestrange's childhood school mate Cosmina is set to marry a distant cousin, Count Andrei Dragulescu, at his castle high in the Carpathian Mountains. Theodora is soon swept up into a web of intrigue and mystery over Andrei's dead father (do the dead walk at night?), a local villager who disappears into the forest to howl at the full moon (or does he?), a maid found dead with the marks of a vampire's fangs (or i ...more
Nan
Feb 26, 2010 Nan rated it it was amazing
This was a truly perfect book.

It had all of my favorite elements of a neo-Victorian Gothic--the impoverished gentlewoman seeking to make her way in life; the mysterious, sensual young count that catches her eye; mysterious deaths; superstitious locals; and a fraught relationship to the past.

Theodora is an orphan, and her grandfather has recently died as well. When her schoolfriend, Cosima, invites her to Transylvania to be a guest at Cosima's wedding to the local count, Theodora views it as a h
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Ashley
A watered-down narrative pretending to be a romance, a mystery, and a horror story all in one.

Theodora Lestrange (no, I'm not kidding - that's her name) is an independent Victorian authoress on her way to Transylvania to visit an old school friend and get inspiration for her latest novel. Insert a handsome brooding count, echoes of vampire stories, and a few mysterious occurrences and you have The Dead Travel Fast. What would have been an otherwise enjoyable story was ruined by its lack of dedic
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Stacy
Mar 09, 2010 Stacy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacy by: Karolina Chmiel
There wasn't anything particular about the style or the content that I could single out as being alluring, but this drew me in from the start and moved quickly, keeping my attention rapt from start to finish. What starts as a gothic romance turns on its heel to become a murder mystery steeped in suspicion that I daresay recalls du Maurier's Rebecca.

The main character, Theodora, is strong and fierce in her grasp of feminism - determined not to lean on anyone but to make her living by way of her w
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Vox
Mar 01, 2012 Vox rated it really liked it
Something you should know about me: I judge.

When I read the author's bio (which I always do), I look at the photos. And I judge. I decide whether or not I could be friends with the writer, based on how they look in their photo. Deanna Raybourn and I would not be friends. She looks a tad airbrushed, and she's wearing a bad '80s sort of Twilight-meets-Mr. Rochester's Wife get-up that annoys me.

She's from Texas, which makes me wonder if her little costume speaks for how she thinks writers of gothic
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CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
Atmospheric is the first thing I think about when I think about this book. The characters are well written but the character that really shines in this book is Transylvania.

From the un-trusting villagers, to the mysterious tales and legends punctuated by the howls of wolves and the still healthy body of a 4 month old corpse. Amidst the fear of the unknown is an even bigger threat, Theodora has come to Transylvania at the behest of her dearest child hood friend Cosmina. Cosmina is to be married
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Milena Benini
Mar 18, 2011 Milena Benini rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, mystery
Having finished all four in the lady Julia series, I went on to The Dead Travel Fast because I wanted to see what Ms. Raybourn would do away from the same group of characters. It was worth it.

What Raybourn does best is gothic (I'd add a gothic shelf if I weren't too lazy), and here she really comes into her own. The atmosphere is well done, and the feeling of uncertainty -- is the menace real or not? and if it is, is it supernatural or just somebody using local legends to literally get away with
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Cindi
Mar 12, 2010 Cindi rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
When her father dies, Theodora Lestrange travels to a cold and decaying castle in the Rumania where she is haunted by tales of vampires and werewolves. She is dangerously attracted to the dark Count Dragulescu who begins to seduce her upon arrival: is he what he seems, or something inhuman and unnatural? I am a fan of Raybourn's Lady Julia series, so I really looked forward to this book...and was sadly disappointed. In the "Silent" series, Raybourn shines as she creates a seamless Victorian worl ...more
Terra
Apr 06, 2010 Terra rated it it was amazing
I must say that this book was quite a surprise and I absolutely loved it from page one to the very end. I am not a mystery reader and that is where the story took me by surprise but it was a good surprise. It's supposed to be a paranormal romance but I would say it's more of a paranormal mystery with a dash of romance to wet the appetite.

Our heroine Theodora has just lost her grandfather a few months past and is working with her sister and brother-in-law to settle up his estate when Theodora get
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LiteraryLover
I wouldn't quite say this was on par with Deanna Raybourn's 'Julia Grey' novels, but it was still enjoyable and a good way to spend a cold January morning. I do have to warn you that my one complaint is the author's continuous need to refer to the Transylvania countryside as either 'story-book' or 'out of a fairy tale'. A few times is okay, but throughout the book the surroundings are referred to as such and it got a little old after a while. I felt like I wanted a little bit more from the endin ...more
Kristy Bryson
This was the second book I've read by Raybourn and I liked it better than the first, but they were two very different kinds of books (the other was the first in her Lady Julia series). Just before picking up The Dead Travel Fast, as coincidence (or synchronicity) would have it, I had read Edit Birkhead's academic survey of the Gothic novel from the 1920s (The Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance), which covered the history of the genre from its birth in 1760s to its iterations in Americ ...more
Betty Strohecker
Apr 14, 2015 Betty Strohecker rated it it was amazing
Theodora LeStrange travels from Edinburgh to Rumania at the request of an old school girl friend, hoping to get away from a less than satisfactory life and at the same time have the opportunity to write a novel that will give her independence. Welcomed by her friend Cosmina to an old castle high in the Carpathians, Theodora at once sees that things are not as she expected. Cosmina is supposed to marry Count Andrei Dragulescu, the owner of the castle, but he does not seem to be of the same mind. ...more
Malin
May 28, 2010 Malin rated it liked it
I absolutely adore Deanna Raybourn's three previous books: Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary and Silent on the Moor. They are Victorian mystery novels with a romantic subplot, and delight me immensely. So when I heard that Raybourn had a completely stand-alone book out, inspired by Gothic novels and set in Transylvania, I had to put it on my pre-order list immediately.

The book arrived about a week back, and I'm assuming the big-busted lady on the cover is supposed to be the heroine, T
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Rea
Aug 14, 2011 Rea rated it really liked it
The book itself was essentially good, but I was expecting (from the blurb) something more horror with a touch of romance and instead I got romance with a touch of the supernatural. Compared with the Julia Grey series, this romance wasn't as solid and seemed to be based on little more than physical attraction - though this book had a lot crammed into only 300 pages.

The plot itself seemed to kick off and got very interesting about half way through the book but then suffered a relapse and went back
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Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing
Being a big fan of the Silent novels I was pleased to find that Deanna Raybourn had a new book coming. This is not another Lady Julia novel but that's fine. As big a fan of those books as I am, I liked seeing the difference in setting and tone of the novel.

The novel starts in Scotland where Theodora Lestrange hails from. She's a budding author and has close ties to her married sister and brother in law, both of whom feel she's getting a little long in the tooth to not have a husband. As it turns
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Jackleen
Deanne Raybourne has given us a new Victorian heroine to cheer for in this suspenseful historical mystery set in the atmospheric Carpathian Mountains and includes a creepy castle, a brooding handsome Count, vampires and werewolves, as well as, an old dowager countess with secrets of her own, a talented musician working as a lowly servant and an old friend whose life is not as she has claimed.

Theodora Lestrange, an orphan raised by her grandfather, dreams of becoming a novelist. Following the dea
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Cheryl
May 20, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Theodora’s grandfather has passed away. Theodora has no one to watch over her but her brother and sister-in-law. Theodora does not need anyone to care for her. In fact, Theodora comes up with a plan to visit her friend, Cosmina in Transylvania. She bids farewell to her brother, sister-in-law and her boyfriend.

Cosmina cares for the Countess Dragulescu. The Countess and her husband, live in a castle, high atop a mountain. At first glance, Theodora is taken back by the ominous size and mystery sur
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HєllyBєlly
2 1/2 stars.
While being an interesting and well written gothic, I had sort of expected it to be a bit ‘faster’ and slightly more gripping. The story is told from the heroine’s point of view and that is actually something I prefer, but I couldn’t get in there in Theodora’s head, so I never felt an emotional investment. The leading male is an B-word.

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I did a RITA reader challenge review for Smart Bitches Trashy Books, so I thought I'd post the updated version here:

We embark upon this story in E
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Cindy
Jul 29, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
I REALLY waver between 3 and 4 stars on this one... for now I'll stick with 4.

I had really conflicted feelings about this book. On the one hand, I loved the atmospheric writing and the many nods to Bram Stoker's "Dracula"; "The Dead Travel Fast" had a very similar voice and eerie overtone as Stoker's classic. The whole time I was reading, I felt like I was present in that village in the Carpathians. It was easy to believe that werewolves and vampires walked in that setting! I also loved the twis
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Holly
Mar 11, 2010 Holly rated it really liked it
With her grandfather dead and hardly a penny to her name, soon-to-be spinster Theodora Lestrange is set to be a burden on her sister and her husband or marry a man she doesn't love. That is until her old school friend Cosmina invites her to Rumania to see her married. Happy to fend for herself rather than be looked after by her thoughtful yet prudish brother-in-law, Theodora leaves Scotland for the Transylvanian mountains with only a few dresses and pen and paper to continue her writing. But upo ...more
Michelle
Apr 01, 2010 Michelle rated it liked it
With her Lady Julia Grey novels, Deanna Raybourn has proved herself a master at creating evocative, atmospheric settings and her decision to set her latest Gothic novel, The Dead Travel Fast, in a mysterious and darkly exotic, feudal Transylvania castle can only be labeled as perfectly brilliant.

The death of Miss Theodora LeStrange's grandfather and guardian has left her at a impasse. Never one to desire marriage and motherhood she can either move in with her sister - and her many children - or
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SarahC
Feb 28, 2010 SarahC rated it really liked it
The Dead Travel Fast is not strictly a romance and it is not a vampire story. It is a Gothic romance, carrying this genre of great fiction into the new millennium.

The Dead is Raybourn's first divergence from her well-wrought Silent series. Heroine Theodora is a single English woman of the 1850's who is dependent upon her family, but trying to break the confinement of spinsterhood through her career as a novelist. No longer able to swallow joining her brother-in-law's household or being lined up
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“Do not collect passion into the equation. It is a dangerous foe, Theodora, like keeping a lion in the garden. It might seem safe enough, but it might well destroy you. No, do not yearn for passion. Ask instead for contentment, happiness. Those are to be wished for.” 1 likes
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