Dark Road to Darjeeling
By Deanna Raybourn Mira $ 32.99 THE publicity for this book promises t hat f a ns of the Phryne Fisher mysteries will l ove t his book but, s adly, Deanna Raybourn is no Kerry Greenwood. That said, it’s still a mildly amusing read. Set on a tea plantation in the foothills of the Himalayas it features Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband, Brisbane in the days of the British raj. Brisbane is a poor boy made good and Lady Julia is desperate to join him in his detection work. They travel to India with Lady Julia’s sister Portia and brother Plum to come to the aid of Portia’s newly widowed ex-lover, Jane. Jane wants them to find out if her husband was murdered and in the process of the investigation they uncover and solve numerous other mysteries including the shocking identity of the mysterious White Rajah who lives in seclusion in an old monastery. It’s eccentric enough, but lacks the light touch Greenwood brings to such tales.
In a word: Random