Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

Title: The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia #5)
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery
Published by:Harlequin
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Description:

The spirits speak of secrets....

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 Spirit Club, where the alluring Madame Séraphine holds evening séances...and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of murder, espionage and blackmail, 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...the kind that can destroy a fledgling marriage.

My Review:
I absolutely adore the Julia Grey series and this latest installment was the best yet. Raybourn did an outstanding job. I loved the interaction between Bisbane and Julia in this book. I loved all the tender moments between them as they finally learned to compromise with one another and learn more about each other and what being married is like.
I love that we got to see Portia and baby Jane and how they are getting along after the tragedy in the last book and of course all of Julia's crazy family members.
It was so much fun seeing into the lives of the Gypsies and meeting more of Bisbane's family and learning more about his mysterious past.
The mystery aspect of this book was amazing, it kept me guessing until the end. All the twist and turns and things that I just did not see coming.
Another fabulous novel by Raybourn and wonderful addition to the Lady Julie Grey series.
This book deserved the 5 Star rating, heck I would give it a 10 if I could, I loved it that much.

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