After an eventful honeymoon, Lady Julia Grey and her
enigmatic husband Nicholas Brisbane return to London. Lady
Julia has no interest in social life and she pokes and
prods Brisbane to allow her into his private enquiry
business. When Julia's older brother, the ultra-
conservative Lord Bellmont, engages Brisbane to recover ill-
advised love letters, Julia worms her way into the
investigation. The clues lead them to Madame Seraphine, a
spiritualist who resides in the Spirit Club. The Spirit
Club consists of powerful men in society and politics.
Seraphine unwisely uses their secrets, which leads to her
As they ferret out the secrets, Julia and Brisbane tackle
many challenges that test their evolving relationship.
Brisbane introduces Julia to his Gypsy family that shows
Julia another side to her complicated husband. They
struggle trying to find answers that test their courage and
could lead to their deaths.
THE DARK ENQUIRY is a thoroughly enjoyable Lady Julia Grey
historical mystery. Ms. Raybourn weaves rich historical
detail into the storyline with fascinating characters that
draws readers into the mystery. She employs effective red
herrings, making the identity of the killer a complete
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 belovedâ€”if eccentricâ€”family, spirited Julia soon picks
up the trail of the investigation.
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.
For Bellmont's sakeâ€”and moreâ€”they'll face myriad dangers
born of dark secrets, the kind men kill to keep..