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Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey, Book 4)
by Deanna Raybourn
Release Date: October 1st, 2010
2010 Mira Books
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2820-9
Softcover Edition; 400 Pages
Genre: Historical Murder Mystery
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

The Blurb :

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 new widowed Jane Cavendish.  Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband’s family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child – and with discovering the truth about her husband’s death.  Was he murdered for his estate?  And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next?

Amid the lush foothills of the Himalayas, dark deeds are buried and malicious thoughts flourish.  The Brisbanes uncover secrets and scandal, illicit affairs and twisted legacies.  In this remote and exotic place, exploration is perilous and discovery, deadly.  The danger is palpable and, if they are not careful, Julia and Nicholas will not live to celebrate their first anniversary.

My Review :

The highlight of this series however, is definitely not the mysteries, but the fascinating sexual tension and romantic interplay that exists between the two principal characters, Lady Julia and Nicholas.  In this novel, Ms. Raybourn explores the marital relationship after the ‘honeymoon glow’ wears off and the reality of everyday life returns and she handled it beautifully.  Ms. Raybourn’s amazing writing style made me feel I was right there in the story, feeling the frustations of two people whose lives have changed irrevocably, but whose personalities have not really changed, and who must now try to adapt and compromise and work out solutions so they can live happily and comfortably.  The interplay between Lady Julia and Nicholas was tense and difficult, yet the author still managed to convey their strong love for each other.   The main stumbling block in their relationship being that Lady Julia has full intentions of continuing her investigative work for Brisbane while he would prefer that she remain safe at home as he feels she is too unprepared.  It presents an interesting conundrum and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in future books.

Dark Road to Darjeeling was a delight to read and I really hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series to be published.