This is the third in the Lady Julia Grey series - I read it for two reasons, firstly because it was a heavily discounted e-book, and having read #1 and #2 I wanted to finally see a passionate relationship develop between Julia and Brisbane.
I had to wait through to the end for the latter to happen and it really was an anti-climax. In between Brisbane was even more enigmatic and elusive and any lady in their right mind would have walked away a long time ago.
This time Deanna Raybourn takes us to the most remote parts of the Yorkshire moors where Brisbane has surprisingly bought a run-down house from a family with aspirations to royal blood going down the ages. Not only is the house run-down but a strange mix of survivors of the original impoverished, and run-down family are still living in the house.
The plot again takes in gypsies and poison but this time Egyptian artifacts and mummies. We also have to put up with the strange animal kingdom of ugly dogs and pet raven that accompany Julia and her sister wherever they go. Of course Julia gets involved in some sleuthing but it is far from compelling reading.
I started reading the Lady Julia Grey series after really enjoying Raybourn's breakout adventure-romance A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS and seeing how many reviewers had a hard time coming to grips with the change from their favourite Lady Julia series. This book had the opposite effect on me and I won't be reading any more in this series, despite Brisbane and Julia finally coming together as partners.