Partners now in marriage and in trade, Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from abroad to set up housekeeping in London. But merging their respective collections of gadgets, pets, and servants leaves little room for the harried newlyweds themselves, let alone Brisbane's private enquiry business.
Among the more unlikely clients: Julia's very proper brother, Lord Bellmont, who swears Brisbane to secrecy about his case. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her beloved - if eccentric - family, spirited Julia soon picks up the trail of the investigation.
It leads to the exclusive Ghost Club, where the alluring Madame Sraphine holds evening séances - and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of dark deeds, whose tendrils crush reputations and throttle trust.
Shocked to find their investigation spun into salacious newspaper headlines, bristling at the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For Bellmont's sake and more, they'll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep.
©2011 Deanna Raybourn (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I love this series! If you have never read the first book, go read it first. This is book #5, so to truly enjoy it you need to read the others.
Ok for the fans of Lady Julia. I know she can sound whiney and act so so stubbornly, but she does act a little more mature in this one. (I love her whining and stubbornness, she is a great character)
The story is outstanding! I was actually surprised in the end by this one. Some stories are predictable, but this is very good.
This story takes place in London a few months after their arrival back from India and their long honeymoon. It’s fun to listen how Lady Julia settles or unsettles into domestic life. Of course there is a murder or two, Julia gets into trouble and keeps secrets like she always seems to do. Brisbane is his usual heroic, brooding, dashing self. More secrets with a great ending, just a little sad. Loved it!
I have become so tremendously fond of these characters that I want to continue right away to accompany them on their next adventure. I'm sorry to have reached the point in this series that I must wait for the next book!
I am so glad that Deanna Raybourn is not letting these books dissolve into bodice-ripping romance! I was concerned that when Lady Julia and Brisbane finally had a book in which they were both in the same room together most of the time that the romantic scenes would outweigh the mystery. Raybourn is maintaining an excellent balance of allowing her readers to know the depth of the feelings between our protagonists, but not getting graphic about it. Hurrah! Great fun!
I thoroughly enjoyed the story with its twists and turns and an excellent wrapup at the end. Highly recommended for a lighter weight mystery read. The late Victorian setting adds to the charm. Reading the series in order is best, but I think that this one could be enjoyed as a stand alone.
This is the fifth book in the Lady Julia Gray series by Deanna Raybourn and it very much lives up to the quality of the rest of the series. I bought the first audiobook in the series on the recommendation of my fabulous local librarian. She was right! It is a marvelous series with one book after the other continuing to capture and hold my interest. I listened to the first five books in the series over an eight day period. I can't say I have a favorite out of this series as they have all been equally great stories and fun listens. I very much enjoy the reader Ellen Archer. She has a great cadence and vocally interprets the characters very well. I can hardly wait for book 6. Don't hesitate to try any book in this series!
wondering why this isn't listed as a series nor showing which book of the series it is, here on audible.
I would not have jumped in on "book 5" had I known prior!
that said, luckily, it works as a stand alone
I especially enjoy historical mysteries. I don't like to know how things end before I begin.
This was a disappointing end (or I hope it is the end) to this series. Lady Julia's selfishness reaches an all time high, She stubbornly pushes her inept way into loosely connected circumstances causing damage to all those around her. Sorry I wasted the time to listen.
Returning to London, this next installment of the Lady Julia Grey series is more fun than its predecessor as it opens up with the mysterious death of a fortune teller, a blackmail plot and the return of some familiar characters - along with the introduction of some new and fascinating ones as well. It's a more fun plot - albeit a bit predictable towards the end. Not to say that there weren't some surprises along the way (particularly some of the more traumatic twists to the end!), and as usual the ending hints toward a new plot... although, disappointingly it doesn't look the remaining books available in the series are full-length! I really like these characters, and I love the way the books are performed, too! The narrator handles the accents so well and really helps breathe life into the book (the American accent was particularly fun here). I am still looking forward to the novellas, but I hope that more full-length books will be published some day soon...
Another fabulous story by Deanna Raybourn. I just can't say enough about the narrator -- she did an absolutely wonderful job with the different voices. This was audiobooks at it's finest! I just couldn't turn it off!
I have enjoyed Tasha Alexander's books until this one. Entirely too much "stuff" happens to the heroine. I don't want to ruin the story, but good grief, any one of the misfortunes were enough. Was it entirely necessary to make her endure 3?
This is the 6th Lady Grey novel I have listened to and they just seem to get more tedious as they go along. Julia is not all that likable and tends to just be in a total pain. They mystery part is fine, you can't really guess who the murderer is until the end but I just kind of hate Julia. Ugh!!
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