In Dark Road to Darjeeling, the fourth book in this series finds Julia thoroughly enjoying her honeymoon with her detective husband, Nicholas Brisbane, in the Himalayas, where her brother, Plum, and sister, Portia, show up unexpectedly with startling news. Portia’s former lover, Jane Cavendish, is convinced that her husband, Freddie, has been murdered in India. Living on the Cavendish tea plantation with the remnants of her husband's family, Jane is consumed with the impending birth of her child—and with discovering the truth about her husband's death. Was he murdered for his estate? And if he was, could Jane and her unborn child be next?
Brisbane, who reluctantly joins his wife and her siblings in their search for Freddie’s killer, gets quickly drawn into a web of intrigue that’s long on suspects and short on evidence. The mystery deepens as Grey and Brisbane explore India’s colonial tensions and realize that everyone has a motive for murder. Raybourn skillfully balances humor and earnest, deadly drama, creating well-drawn characters and a rich setting.
I must confess that this is my least favorite of the series. I can’t exactly wrap my finger around it, but the feeling was not as what is usually is. I still loved the book, but just not as much as the other books in the series. Maybe I was put off by the Twilight-esque cover!
I can’t wait until the fifth book, The Dark Inquiry, which comes out in late June! Until then, I’ll keep myself busy with Raybourn’s stand-alone novel, The Dead Travel Fast.