The Dark Enquiry

The Dark Enquiry

eBook - 2011
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"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 Séraphine 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"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2011
ISBN: 9781459207660
Characteristics: 1 online resource (387 p.)


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Dec 21, 2016

(The fifth book in the Lady Julia Grey series)

bkilfoy Nov 18, 2016

Another thoroughly enjoyable entry in this series. What I enjoy most about these mysteries is that the characters continue to grow and develop over the course of each novel and the mystery plots are never predictable. As noted on previous entries, I highly recommend this series for those who like historical mysteries with a dash of romance.

Apr 21, 2016

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Julia has become a caricature. She reminds me of Emma (Jane Austen) whom I loathed. She is wilful, spolit, puritanical and not as clever or unconventional as she fancies herself. I think her foibles are meant to be endearing but I found them increasingly jarring over the past few books. The promise of what she could have become after the first book never materialised. Enough of a very pedestrian heroine.

Apr 06, 2016

By now, 5th in A Lady Julia Grey series, the characters are so familiar to me I wondered if this could stand alone or if one must have read the previous novels in order to fully enjoy it.

I decide that "yes" it does, indeed, stand on its own and if one has not read the preceding novels - well, what a treat lies in store.

Feb 13, 2015

This is the fifth (and, for the indefinite future, final) volume in the Lady Julia Grey series, and it's delightful. It finds Julia and her detective husband Brisbane attempting to adjust to married life back in London, and trying to solve a mystery that involves one of Julia's brothers. There's not much more to say about this series after four previous books other than that the characters are wonderful, the humor is witty, Julia's relationships with Brisbane and her eccentric family are wonderful, the numerous Shakespeare references are always appreciated, and these books are just a total delight. There are four additional e-novellas, but this is the final full length book, as the series is on indefinite hold because the author switched publishers, which is a shame, because these books are wonderful. Definitely ones I'll be re-reading time and time again.

Dec 19, 2011

This is the story of a married couple. She adores her darkly handsome, olive-skinned husband but she wants to be more involved with his career so she dresses in disguises and follows him. She also performs wacky experiments that blow up and they make wagers with each other and......HEY , wait a minute..I know this story- -I know this couple--this is Lucy and Ricky! Actually, it is the fifth book in the Lady Julia mystery series and it is great fun. Julia is as witty as ever and Brisbane is always interesting. Great book.

bookfanatic1979 Dec 05, 2011

Once I caught the drift of the underlying mystery, I was worried Raybourn would get carried away explaining the historic details at the expense of her usually excellent plots. I needn’t have worried. Raybourn gives just enough background information to clue her readers in, without becoming over impressed with her research abilities. A wonderful read.

Sep 14, 2011

Really enjoy this series. This instalment is full of danger , subterfuge & dry wit as Julia & Nicholas race to unmask a killer who threatens a family member as well as the current Tory government in England. We learn more about each of them as they get to know each other better with each book, particularly Nicholas' slightly shady past. It's one of those series where you hate to finish it as it will be a year til the next book. One can just imagine it being turned into a production for Masterpiece Theatre.

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