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Dark Road to Darjeeling

(Lady Julia Grey #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,225 ratings  ·  735 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 2010)
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Carole Ahh yes, from England to India, but weren't the Brisbanes already in the eastern Mediterranean? I admit to shaky geography however I believe they only…moreAhh yes, from England to India, but weren't the Brisbanes already in the eastern Mediterranean? I admit to shaky geography however I believe they only had to arrange transport to Adan then by ship to Calcutta.(less)

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Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Carolyn Crane
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Possibly the best entry in the series.
The Lit Bitch
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book read slow for me. The previous book read super fast but this one just didn’t have the same pacing for me. It could have been because Brisbane was absent in a large portion of the book. For me the chemistry between Julia and Brisbane is strong and moves the plot, not having them together for a large chunk of the book, slowed things for me.

Also I struggled with their relationship…..yes now they are married and it’s clear that they love each other more than anything, but I couldn’t help b
Nov 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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,
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2010, historical, own
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
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the best in the series so far in my opinion.
Things I liked about this book/series:
The relationship between Julia & Brisbane (although I’d like to hit him with a frying pan sometimes)
Julia’s Scottish maid Morag is a total crack up.
I loved the fact that Raybourn keeps you guessing as to who committed the murder.
I liked the description of the exotic location in this book.
And the unexpected surprises that popped up in the second half of this story.
First Read: 19 February 2016
Second Read: 11 March 2019: Aussie Reader challenge for MaRch 2019 (R = Reminiscing - to read a historical fiction novel): This was good, but probably my least favourite in the series to date. I love the India setting and I adore Brisbane and Julia (even if their relationship bothers me way more on re-read). A few tears at the end of this one.....but a gorgeous historical murder series with a gorgeous underlying romance :-)

Original Review

This is the fourth book (excl
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
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I feel like this was fine? I found it less annoying than I remember finding the previous one. I mean, you can't really expect realism from this series. I did find there was something off about the whole roundabout argument that Julia and Brisbane had for the entirety of this book. It boils down to - she is not trained to be a detective and he wants to keep her safe v. she feels she could be useful and wants to prove herself and so runs in like a bull in a china shop. But the secrets they both ke ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
And we're the wonderful Lady Julia and Brisbane are married but they still have quite a bit of fight in them and I LOVE IT!
Brisbane struggles with loving that he is married to a strong and opinionated woman who is gutsy and bold, but he also wants to keep her safe. Because let's be honest, she has no idea what she's doing. She's very intelligent and is great at putting clues together and getting people to talk...but there is a LOT more to detective work and people have a tendency to
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beloved, historical
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
Apr 14, 2012 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
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
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Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic, mystery
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
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
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!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite of the series. Admittedly, Julia got a bit on my nerves with this one, but I did love the ending. And I'm looking forward to the next (final) full length book.
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here.

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
Dark Road to Darjeeling
4 Stars

Lady Julia and her new husband, Nicholas Brisbane, travel to a remote provence of India at the request of her sister Portia who is concerned about her former lover. It seems that Jane Cavendish’s husband has died under mysterious circumstances and she is afraid for her life and that of her unborn child. So begins the Brisbane’s quest to uncover the truth, but can their newfound happiness withstand the pressure?

Although the lush and exotic setting is immersive, the m
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Rachel Sharp
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the India setting! I was getting a little bored with England and India fixed that for me. Once again, I really enjoy all the secondary characters…especially when they die. Raybourn does some brave killing off of secondary characters.

What I don’t love at all is Julia and Brisbane’s relationship. They seriously need some marriage counseling. All their bickering becomes really annoying, especially since they never resolve anything. If I wanted to watch a couple bicker, I’d go visit my sist
Vanessa Kelly
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
❂ Jennifer
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
My least favorite of the series so far. Too long, and most of the story consists of Julia and Brisbane working behind each other's back, keeping secrets and competing to solve the crime - if there is a crime - and this whole competitive couple trope annoys me.

More wordy review:
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.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked how the characters evolved and the setting was really interesting, but the mystery fell a little flat to me.
Josie Jaffrey
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I might have gone off this series. I feel like either the author has lost the plot, or I have.

A word before I dive in: this is a spoiler-heavy review, so beware!

The plot and atmosphere seemed much thinner in this book than in previous instalments. There's still a lot to enjoy in the author's storytelling and her descriptions, but I did wonder whether she had ever been to the place she described. There was a lack of tangible sense of place that was conspicuous because the author has handl
Kathy Martin
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Julia and Brisbane have been enjoying their extended honeymoon on the continent when her sister Portia and brother Plum catch up with them Egypt bringing with them a mystery. Portia's beloved who married and moved to India with her husband has been widowed, is pregnant, and believes her husband was murdered asks for help.

The four of them take off for India to solve Jane's problem. They find an isolated tea plantation and an assortment of intriguing characters. Jane's aunt-in-law and cousin-in-la
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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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Lady Julia Grey (5 books)
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  • The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia Grey, #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.” 12 likes
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