Dark Road to Dar­jeel­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life - Mary Ver­non

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

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