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Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey #4)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  5,503 ratings  ·  522 reviews
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 wi ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2010)
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I finished the wonderful Silent on the Moor last year and knew it would be a long, cold wait for the next book in the Lady Julia Grey series. I was so happy with where the end of that book left my favorite characters. It was in no way an agonizing or excruciating ending, rather it managed to leave me both perfectly happy and aching for more adventures with the indomitable Julia and the elusive Brisbane. So when I managed to get my hands on an e-ARC of DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING a few days ago, I vo ...more
Having enjoyed a relaxing and calm honeymoon together for the last eight months, Lady Julia and Brisbane are unexpectedly brought back to the real world with the sudden arrival of Julia's sister Portia and brother Plum. Portia has arrived in a flurry, insistent that Julia and her detective husband accompany the pair to Darjeeling, India to help Portia's former partner Jane Cavendish. Ever since the death of Jane's husband, Portia has been worried about the vagueness of Jane's letters - worried f ...more
I really love this writer and series, so, of course, I enjoyed it a ton. I have to admit, the conflict between the two main characters, now that they're hitched, wasn't as exciting as before, but still it was super enjoyable because Julia and Brisbane are flawed and unique characters. I especially like the secondary characters in Raybourn's books, they never feel one-dimension l or cookie cutter, she always goes out of her way to make them distinctive.

The setting, India during the 19th century,
Carolyn Crane
I was thinking the other day that this series would not work half as beautifully if the POV alternated between Julia and Brisbane. I so so love Brisbane as a mysterious slowly-being-revealed character. I suppose when I'm honest with myself, I really am reading this series for that reveal of Brisbane. The effectiveness of the cloaking and revealing of Brisbane shows how important a magical hero is in this series, and how well Raybourn understands that. And really, just how critical a compelling h ...more
Again, an incredibly entertaining book in this series. It follows the same formula as the three previous books, more-or-less, but it just seems to result in a great story. It starts blithely enough, but the ending is really quite emotional. There is less "story" after we learn WhoDunnit, but the further revelations of the Nicholas' background add to our understanding of both him and Julia.

Although it's set in India, the setting isn't really a significant part of the story, so don't expect anythi
Jenny Q
4.5 Stars. I just love this series. Picking up each new installment is like getting together with an old friend--reconnecting where you left off and having a good time. In this installment Lady Julia travels to India with Brisbane, Portia, and Plum in tow, and the exotic setting really adds to the ambiance and the mystery. A few surprises in this one: a couple of reveals that I saw coming and a couple that I didn't. A few promising seeds planted for future stories, and a sad development at the e ...more
This is a review of an ARC.

There are author gloms and there are author GLOMS. My recent splurge, featuring Deanna Raybourn’s phenomenal Lady Julia Grey series, is definitely a member of the latter category. After blazing through the first three books (Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, and Silent on the Moor), I all but writhed and moaned at the prospect of waiting until October to follow Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane on their next Victorian adventure. And now, courtesy of Harlequi
3.5 Stars

This book reminded me of one of my Nintendo DS games, Professor Layton and the Curious Village. There was a mystery to solve, and Julia continuously met new characters who would give her another small clue to the puzzle. Each time she met someone else, she would get that much closer to solving the mystery.

I would recommend this book to fans of mystery more so than historicals. For some reason, I thought this would be more of a romance, but it was definitely more mystery novel. Julia's h
This author has fast become one of my favorites. Lady julia Grey, who likes to dabble in mysteries after her first husband is murdered is a delightful and not tpical Victorian woman. She meets Nicholas Brisbane, an enigmatic and interesting Scottish/gypsy who is a detective and he helps her solve the mystery of her husbands death. The next two books are new mysteries solved by this duo, and at the end of book 3, they finally marry. By the time she finally married Brisbane, I was ready to run off ...more
While I knew the series wouldn't be the same since the big deal in the previous book, it was still an enjoyable book. I totally did not guess the mystery murderer and while without the wonderful tension of 'will they? won't they?' in this installment, it still had enough going on to keep you wanting more anyways. And I hear the series will continue so hooray!
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In this installment, I don’t feel that Julia or Brisbane advanced much as characters or in their marriage though there is still great chemistry in their exchanges. Many significant events happened with secondary characters, such as Jane, Portia and Plum and many new characters were introduced. There are the usual incidents of Julia’s curiosity getting her into trouble and Brisbane coming to the rescue. The setting of India gives an exotic underpinning and the cultural aspects were interesting. S ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Caroline marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf
With each consecutive volume, Ms Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series seemed to be slipping into uninspired, repetitive mediocrity—such a pity after the literary bravura of Silent in the Grave.

The ending of Silent on the Moor promised a welcome escape from the increasingly tedious members of the March family and their servants.

Dark Road to Darjeeling opened auspiciously with a brief description of Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane enjoying their honeymoon romping across Europe, free of the fami
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Like many mid-series books, I had both giddy, unrestrained expectations and somewhat hesitant reservations for Dark Road to Darjeeling. If the Lady Julia Gray series had been a trilogy, it was perfect in my eyes, especially the conclusion of Silent on the Moor. Really, I couldn’t have asked for more. That said I was still very ecstatic about the prospect of another book with the darkly intriguing Brisbane and charmingly obstinate Julia, but it was hard not to think for jus
Rachel Sharp
Well it just goes to show you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. If I hadn't read this series on Kindle, I would never EVER have picked them up. It turns out I'm quite a fan of the Lady Julia series, and after finishing this last night, I've already started on book 5... So, this book takes us to India and a tea plantation. I enjoyed the change of scenery and the eccentric characters it brought with it. I did actually guess the culprit before the big reveal, but I enjoyed the unravelling nevert ...more
Vanessa Kelly
Deanna Raybourn's writing is both spare and highly evocative, which is a skill many writers would kill for. This skill really comes through in the depiction of the exotic setting, and in catching the subtle emotional nuances between characters. But what I most love about the books in this series is Lady Julia, who is one of the coolest, most interesting heroines I've ever come across. She's brilliantly drawn and endlessly endearing, even when she's being a complete PITA. If I could ever become a ...more
Carolyn F.

Enjoyable. I like how Julia and Brisbaine have these misunderstandings and then seem to sort of get beyond it, just like a normal couple. The murderer was a big surprise, in fact the whole ending was a surprise. Very good book.
Humor, that is what struck me in the first few pages of the book. Not in the slapstick over the top way of Stephanie Plum, but in the subtle sarcastic and witty way that I really enjoy it and best fits with a historical novel of a British family. So Dark Road to Darjeeling was off to an excellent start for me with the humor and it never let up. I was intrigued. At one moment the book was very lighthearted, poking fun at the English ways and this unconventional family and the next it had a darker ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series is what a Victoria Holt novel wants to be when it grows up.

With Victoria Holt, you get atmospheric gothic mysteries that are just a little twisted spiced up with just a little romance.

There is nothing "just a little" about the Lady Julia books. Raybourn amps up the twisted factor and the romance by a rather large degree, and what comes out of it is nothing less than phenomenal.

This mystery is just like all the others: captivating and nearly impossible to puzzl
Oct 29, 2010 MB rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Do you like Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series? You may like this. (Start w/1st book.)
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Milena Benini
I know I said I would take a breather from Deanna Raybourn. I should have, really. But I didn't, and now the book has paid for it.

It's not that Dark Road is a bad book. Actually, it's quite good. However, it relies on exactly the same pattern as the previous three, making the murderer entirely too easy to spot. At the same time, the romantic aspect of the story has stopped working for me completely. Unlike the first three books, where the relationship between the two main characters was interes
Melonie Piper
I'm actually giving this 3.5 stars

The author seems to infuse each book with some sort of lesson learned. I really like this because I've spent several hours invested in the plot and characters and I like to take something away with me. The lessons of this book seem to be twofold: 1) things are not always what they seem 2) everyone needs a purpose.

Before I continue here I need to talk briefly about the difference between right brain writers and left brain writers. Right brain writers think from b
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The Dark Road to Darjeeling is my favorite in the Lady Julia series since the first novel. I am so relieved that there is no longer the will they or won't they quality to Julia and Nicolas's relationship. I enjoyed watching them navigate their marital problems and liked how despite their issues with each other their love was always readily apparent and strong. I especially appreciate the lack of "big misunderstandings" in their dealing with one another. Each is very aware of the other's strength ...more
Lady Rogue
Dark Road To Darjeeling is the fourth book in the Lady Julia Grey series, but it is the first book, I have read from this author. I think it is safe to say, that this book can be read as a stand alone, but I personally would have liked to have read the previous books. I normally do not read historical mysteries, as I am more of a historical romance type of gal, but I was intrigued by the blurb. Not to mention, I occasionally enjoy a good mystery as much as the next person. So, when I was asked t ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
There are so many things I like about Deanna Raybourn's writing. Her stories have a relaxed, engaging pace, her mysteries are interesting. I know a lot of people liked this book a lot but I gave up at about 100 pages. Why? Well, the portrayal of the relationship between Julia and Brisbane has been something I've disliked about all the books but in this book it just carried on and annoyed me. Particularly because Brisbane disappears out of the story after the first few pages and you hear Julia's ...more
The third of the Lady Julia Grey novels, Raybourn hasn't lost her edge. These are amongst my very favorite mystery novels. Dark Road to Darjeeling, though, is the novel that Lady Julia stars with her now husband, Brisbane. This time, they are in India solving a family mystery at the end of their honeymoon.

Julia's quirky family still makes an appearance, thank goodness, and the chemistry between Julia and Brisbane hasn't abated just because they've gotten married.

Highly, highly recommended, even
I discovered this series a few years ago, upon the recommendation of the lovely folks at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop (located in Seattle, of course). The series takes place in England (mostly) in the 1800s. Lady Julia Grey comes from a family of wealthy and eccentric aristocrats. She manages to trump her family's eccentricity contest by marrying a "man in trade" (horrors!) who is half-Gypsy to boot, whom she met when he was investigating her first husband's murder. (See the previous books in th ...more
3.75 stars.

Essentially I'm awarding this book high marks for showing true representations of relationship and character growth. The mystery - well, to be honest it ended up a bit "meh", not because I guessed it - I didn't - but because I just wasn't really as interested as I had been in the previous entries to this series (view spoiler)
Kate Forsyth
In April, I re-read The Lady Julia Grey series of historical murder mysteries by Deanna Raybourn and enjoyed them thoroughly. I settled in to read the last 2 books in the series (plus one Xmas novella) this month, and enjoyed them just as much. The characters are always sharply drawn, the mystery is always intriguing (and not always easy to guess), and the ongoing romance between Lady Julia and her enigmatic new husband is a large part of the pleasure. Well worth a read.
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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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  • The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia, #5)
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“When the wind is right and the cloud is gone, you can see down this road as far as Darjeeling," I told her. "But it is a long and difficult road, full of perils, and if a traveller on foot were to look at the length of it, his spirit would be overcome and he would sit down and refuse to go any further. You must not look to the end of the road, Portia. Look only to the step in front of you. That you can do. Just one step. And you will not make the journey alone.” 10 likes
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