Friday, October 15, 2010

Currently Reading: Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn

This morning I started reading the latest instalment in the Lady Julia Grey series. I hadn't forgotten how much I like the books, but I had forgotten how amusing they are.

In a way, they are reminding me more and more of the Amelia Peabody mysteries in that they are funny, very sexy (but all the action happens behind closed doors), strong characters, and the lead male character, Nicholas Brisbane is very charismatic.

There was also an obscure connection to the last books I finished which were the first two Adrien English mysteries by Josh Lanyon. They are mysteries featuring a gay bookseller and wannabe mystery writer. The connection - both reference the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus!

Opening Paragraph:

"I thought there would be camels," I protested. "I thought there would be pink marble palaces and dusty deserts and strings of camels to ride. Instead there is this." I waved a hand toward the motley collection of bullocks, donkeys and one rather bored-looking elephant that had carried us from Darjeeling town. I did not look at the river. We were meant to cross it, but one glance had decided me firmly against it.


  1. I think I have the first book in this series on my shelf, but as is the case with a lot of my books, I haven't yet read it. It sounds like I would love this series, so I am going to have to get on it! Thanks for the great snippet. You've inspired me to pick these up!

  2. Another great opening line! I can't wait to read this installment. I loved the others.

  3. I was completely drawn in by that opening line and the book didn't let me go until I'd finished. I hope you enjoy the rest!

  4. I'm looking forward to this one!

  5. I just bought this one! Couldn't resist after so many good reviews.:)

  6. I'm not usually one for Book Trailers, but this one I quite like!