Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise....
London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own....
Theodora leaves Edinburgh—and a disappointed suitor—bound for Romania, where tales of vampires are still whispered....
With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society....
The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even among Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch....
The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family....
Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's estate, finding solace in her passion for painting....
India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match....
It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church....
Following a humiliating season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames....
On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat's wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing - she flees the chapel in her wedding gown....
When Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, returns from Scotland restless and out of sorts, her friend Emily Dunnington plans a select dinner party with half a dozen male guests from whom Julia may choose a lover. But Emily's dinner ends in disaster when one of her guests, Sir Reginald Montague, is shot dead....
Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again....
An atmospheric debut novel set on the gritty streets of Victorian London, Some Danger Involved introduces detective Cyrus Barker and his assistant, Thomas Llewelyn....
Joanna Blalock's keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely tuned brain....
The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous mysteries finds Bow Street Runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach....
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.
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
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Any additional comments?
The only mystery, in any of these stories, is why a gentleman of business- someone who knew the value of time and money in a difficult time- tangled himself up with a board Lady who continually hindered his work.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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Would you listen to The Dark Enquiry again? Why?
I don't believe I will. It was a good enough book, but some facets seemed a little far fetched. Maybe if I had read or heard some of the authors previous books I might not have found this so.<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
A woman trying to find her place in the worlkd and her relationship at a time when a woman's position was pretty well set by society.
What does Ellen Archer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The abillity to introduce humor or anger and other emotions as she reads.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
What would have made The Dark Enquiry better?
It reads like a series - there's no updating so you'd better read the series, if any, in order. I didn't care enough to check. I gave this book a good three hours. I give up.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something lighter with more intriguing characters.
What didn’t you like about Ellen Archer’s performance?
Flat and cold.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love catching up with my friends and hearing what they are investigating together now
0 of 1 people found this review helpful