Title: The Dark Enquiry
Author: Deanna Raybourn
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Lady Julia Grey and her husband, Nicholas Brisbane, are back in the fifth installment of the Lady Julia Grey series. The happy couple have returned to London and have settled in quite nicely, though Julia is perturbed because Nicholas has not involved her in any of his cases. When she discovers that Brisbane is helping her oldest brother with something important, something he wants to keep a secret from Julia and the rest of the family, Julia becomes determined to get involved, with or without Brisbane’s knowledge.
I went into The Dark Enquiry like I go into all Julia Grey novels – with a little bit of trepidation. After all, I love these books so much and am such a fan of Deanna Raybourn’s that I’m always a little bit afraid that I’m going to be disappointed, that my expectations are just too high and can no longer be met. I should have known better, though. The Dark Enquiry was completely satisfying, as I devoured the entire delicious novel in one sitting.
Raybourn somehow manages to keep the tension between Julia and Brisbane as wonderful as ever, even though they are now married. Their relationship has really matured over the course of the books; it’s much more tender and loving, yet Brisbane is still a bit of a mystery to Julia. He’s not one to share all of himself, and she’s not one to be satisfied with aything less than everything. It makes for a wonderful dynamic, and keeps the reader interested in the relationship, as there is always something new to discover.
Julia begins to help Brisbane more with his investigations in The Dark Enquiry, which is a welcome change. Though it’s always fun to see the lengths that Julia will go to in order to sneak past Brisbane, it would be easy for this argument to become old. That’s one thing Raybourn does very well, she knows how to keep her books fresh and interesting while maintaining the aspects of the books that readers love. The mystery is well done and interesting, and I’ll admit I never saw the end result coming.
The Dark Enquiry is a fun and fresh addition to the Lady Julia Grey series. If you haven’t picked up these books yet, I highly recommend them and do think it’s necessary to read them in order to fully understand the characters. They are a delicious mix of quirky and interesting characters, intriguing mysteries, and a well-written and fascinating time period. I already can’t wait for the next one in the series!