Far in the Wilds

A Spear of Summer Grass

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New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn takes readers into Africa during the height of British colonialism, to meet a man as wild as the land he loves in this prequel novella...

Kenya, 1918

Ryder White is Canadian by birth but African by choice. He is more at home in the wilds of the savannah, shooting and sleeping his way across the continent, than amongst the hedonistic colonists of Kenyan society.

In a landscape where one false move can cost a man his life, Ryder’s skill as a guide is unparalleled, but only the rich or royal can afford his services. When a European prince hires Ryder to help him hunt an elusive leopard Ryder thinks it’s just another well-paying job with yet another spoiled voyeur. But this perilous journey is full of dangers that may change Ryder forever....

Ryder returns in A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn, where he encounters a woman from a very different world, to explore beauty and darkness and what is truly worth fighting for.

Originally published in 2013

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New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.

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Jun 1, 2017
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
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Rediscover this captivating tale set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s. New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the story of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger and a love beyond all reason.

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel, which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jeweled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history.

Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny forever….

Originally published in 2014

Re-visit Deanna Raybourn's adored Lady Julia Grey's Victorian mystery series, and be
carried off by adventure in this first-time digital collection of books four, five and a
bonus novella!


After eight idyllic months in the
Mediterranean, Lady Julia Grey and her detective husband are ready to put their
investigative talents to work once more. At the urging of Julia's eccentric family, they
hurry to India to aid an old friend, the newly-widowed Jane Cavendish. 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?


Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane have finally returned from
abroad to London. But merging their respective households leaves little room for the
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. Not about to be left out of anything concerning her family, Julia soon picks up
the trail of the investigation. It leads to the exclusive Spirit Club, where the alluring
Madame Séraphine holds evening séances…and not a few powerful gentlemen in thrall. From
this eerie enclave unfolds a lurid tangle of murder, espionage and blackmail… Bristling at
the tension it causes between them, the Brisbanes find they must unite or fall. For
Bellmont's sake—and more—they'll face myriad dangers born of dark secrets: the kind men
kill to keep…
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