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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,136 ratings  ·  460 reviews
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 ind ...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Mira (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jill Hill
Dec 29, 2009 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?
Mimi
Not quite 3 stars, but rounding up for the gothic atmosphere.

This is an homage to Dracula and Northanger Abbey, and I think anyone who enjoyed both of those books would enjoy this one as well. It started out as quite an enjoyable read, but then it lost me somewhere along the way inside the creepy castle and the vampire mystery that just wouldn't end.

Also, am not a fan of vampires or sweeping Victorian romances. However, I am a big fan of creepy castles, chilling folklore, and cold desolate se
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MB (What she read)
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G.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5/5

I'm a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn's ongoing Veronica Speedwell series. I enjoyed her other stuff - that I've read - for the most part. This one, sadly, didn't quite get there.

But what could possibly happen to me in Transylvania?

The Dead Travel Fast is one of Deanna Raybourn's standalones. It's the story of Theodora Lestrange, a young writer, who travels to Transylvania to visit a school friend and ends up having a bit more of an adventure than she bargained for.

The time is the Victorian a
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Angie
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, fantasy
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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Misfit
Mar 19, 2010 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
Maria Clara
Oct 19, 2015 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.
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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Nan
Feb 23, 2010 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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Juliette
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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Amy
Mar 01, 2012 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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Susan
Mar 14, 2010 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
Lucinda
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true gothic tale.
I'd have liked the ending to stretch a little more.
Stacy
Mar 09, 2010 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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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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Anita
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I'm conflicted, much like I was when I read my very first Deanna Raybourn book, Silent in the Grave. I'm conflicted because Deanna Raybourn's ability to create vivid imagery and atmospheric narrative is just so excellent. But at the same time, she tends to spend a lot of time either building the story, or dragging out certain events in the story.

So I don't know how I feel about this book, exactly, because aside from the few scenes that felt dragged, I had a hard time real
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
A current author's interpretation of the gothic novel complete with atmospheric Transylvanian castle, brooding Count and mystery to be solved. I really enjoyed it... and must get to Transylvania one day!
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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Milena Benini
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, romance
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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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
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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Cindi
Mar 09, 2010 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 04, 2010 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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Summer
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
Felicia
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Up front, this book is NOT a Lady Julia book (one of my very favorite mystery series). It's been sitting around a while and I just decided to clear it off my Kindle. I liked it, but didn't LOVE it. Basically if you like a good period-ish Gothic romance set in Transylvania, you might really enjoy it. To me the main character didn't have enough flaws, and the beginning chapters were a bit clunky, but the meat of the book was quite satisfying and interesting. Fluffy one-off that Gothic fans might e ...more
Hannah
On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is Lady Julia Grey and 10 is Veronica Speedwell, Theodora is dead center. She is not particularly annoying or particularly exciting. From the reviews I had very low expectations, which ended up working in this books favor. The setting is striving for an atmospheric feel and the mystery was a slow burn, but it keep me reading.

The prose is a little rough in places, but my main complaint with this book is our MC's name. Theodora Lestrange. I have a irrational dislike
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Lindap
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 / 4 Stars

I just finished reading the Lady Julia Gray Series and felt I'd give The Dead Travel Fast a try and see if I like others stories by DR. Have to say, I quite liked this one, too. I've enjoyed her writing style throughout all the books.

Theodora is a very progressive thinking woman who wants to earn her own living and not be beholding to reluctant relatives. She does this by writing stories. At first she writes under another name, but she feels if she's going to write it, she's going
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Mari (Smut Duchess)
3.5 - 4.0 ***

I borrowed the audio book with Audible's Romance Unlimited. I like Deanna Raybourn's writing style. It's a historical book so all the characters are extremely polite but she doesn't let the story get bogged down by the character's station, status or fashions.

Theodora is an aspiring writer from Scotland. She'd rather write to support herself than take the traditional path of marriage and children. She's receives an invitation from her school friend to stay in a Romanian castle. Theod
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Amanda
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Deanna Raybourn. This is sort of a Dracula variation, a gothic romance set in Transylvania. Theodora is a cool, authoress heroine who just wants to visit her friend and not get married off to her boring publisher. I didn't love The Count (he was very typical). If you're looking for a spooky gothic romance, this is a great one.
 ☆*:.。. DANIELA .。.:*☆
Great narrator. Other than that, it was okay.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including five RITAs, two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards ...more
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