In Grimsgrave Hall, enigmatic Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Despite his admonitions to stay away, Lady Julia arrives in Yorkshire to find Brisbane as remote and maddeningly attractive as ever. Cloistered together, they share the moldering house with the proud but impoverished remnants of an ancient family: the sort that keeps their bloodline pure and their secrets close. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift on the moor winds, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes.... A mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave, one Lady Julia may have to solve alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring touches the craggy northern landscape, Lady Julia will have uncovered a Gypsy witch, a dark rider, and a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil. Deanna Raybourn spins a gripping tale of loyalty and lust, set against the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors.
Sometimes a cigar.......
I agree with the other two reviewers. The narrator seems to have based her interpretation on the silly picture on the book jacket instead of the author's good writing. I look forward to having Ms. Archer back for the next book.
OMG-Where is lovely Lady Julia's voice?
I'm at the very beginning of this book so perhaps it is not fair to give so few stars as yet. However, the new narrator....makes it impossible for me to listen any more. Lady Julia went from a young 30-something woman with a sweet yet smart voice - to - having the voice of a 50-something prim Victorian matron. Where the **** is Julia? Very very disappointed.
Loved the old narrator...not so much the new one
She makes Lady Julia sound old, and Portia sounds like a man. Even worse, she says Brisbane's name wrong, and it bugged me to the point that I couldn't keep listening. Wish I hadn't spent the $20 or so on this, despite how much I love Deanna Raybourn's books.