Book Reviews – mysteries

Deanna Raybourn The Dead Travel Fast

If you like vampires, Victorian mysteries and strong female characters, this will be a quick, delightful read. It reminded me a great deal of the Gail Carriger Soulless series(to which I am impatiently awaiting the next installment in July!), as well as the Historian (Kostova). It starts off in Edinburgh in the 1860s then takes you to Transylvania, and ends up in London with stunning evocative descriptions of the countryside, the cultures, society and human foibles, some not so harmless…

Dark Road to Darjeeling (2010) “the honeymoon has ended but the adventure is just beginning” !
This is another Lady Julia Grey novel (Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary). How absolutely lovely to find a new series! Having been an Amelia Peabody fan for decades (Elizabeth Peters), Raybourn continues in this funny romp, gothic style suspense series: we aren’t in Egypt anymore, but we are still dealing with British aristocracy, changing 19th century values, strong determined, intelligent, interesting female leads and exotic places. Lady Julia Grey married a man in trade (detective/investigative) much to the dismay of her family, however eccentric they are. Nicholas Brisbane is much like Emerson of the Peabody series, highly intelligent, dark, brooding, analytical, mysterious, solving crimes for the British Government (and others), and struggling to keep his protective (of his wife) cloak so as not to suffocate his demanding wife. I await the next installment.
Both were Library books! Available for check out during National Library Week!


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