Deanna Raybourn continues the mysterious and whimsical journey of Lady Julia Grey in her new book DARK ROAD TO DARJEELING, the fourth installment in the Lady Julia Grey series (Mira Books; $14.95; www.deannaraybourn.com) which will be published early this October. Providing an escape from reality, the award-winning author transports us to the colorful land of India. Amid the lush foothills of the Himalayas, newlyweds Lady Julia and her detective husband Nicholas Brisbane begin to uncover secrets and scandal, illicit affairs, and twisted legacies while on a quest to prevent a tragedy.
At the urging of Julia’s eccentric family, she and Nicholas visit newly widowed Jane Cavendish, an old friend, on the Cavendish family’s tea plantation. Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child – while trying to uncover the truth about her husband’s death. If he was murdered for his estate, Jane and her unborn child could be next. For the Brisbanes, the honeymoon has ended, but the adventure is just beginning as a bewildering mystery unfolds. The danger is palpable and, if they are not careful, Julia and Nicholas will not live to celebrate their first anniversary.
To read my review for Dark Road to Darjeeling click here
And a little about Deanna Raybourn:
In her refurbished study, surrounded by painted peony pink walls and an elegant crystal chandelier that dangles from a Mediterranean blue ceiling, Raybourn constructs an inspirational collage for each book she writes. For Silent in the Grave, the first Lady Julia Grey novel, Raybourn won the 2008 RITA® Award for “Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.” The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, a Daphne du Maurier, a Last Laugh, and two Dilys Winns.
After enduring too many scorching summers in San Antonio, the award-winning author and native Texan moved her family to charming Williamsburg, Virginia, where her father’s family name is sitll engraved on a pew in Bruton Parish Church, the same church whose bell was donated by her mother’s ancestor. In her old Colonial-style home, Raybourn is in the perfect setting to continue her historical Lady Julia Grey series.
As a former teacher and student with an emphasis on Shakespearean studies, Raybourn dabbled in English and history but always reverted back to her renowned taste. “I noted that my favourite novels were all historical, British, and witty. They all had a mystery at the heart and a touch of romance,” she says. “I only read things I loved for a year to develop my own voice. I always approach my writing from a reader’s perspective – readers enjoy when you make an effort.” An avid blogger on writing, clothing, and travel, she continues to entertain her readers with classic, romantic characters, and style with a dollop of humor.