Night of a Thousand Stars

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Return to a Jazz Age tale of grand adventure by New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn

On the verge of a stilted life as an aristocrat’s wife, Poppy Hammond does the only sensible thing—she flees the chapel in her wedding gown. Assisted by the handsome curate who calls himself Sebastian Cantrip, she spirits away to her estranged father’s quiet country village, pursued by the family she left in uproar. But when the dust of her broken engagement settles and Sebastian disappears under mysterious circumstances, Poppy discovers there is more to her hero than it seems.

With only her feisty lady’s maid for company, Poppy secures employment and travels incognita—east across the seas, chasing a hunch and the whisper of clues. Danger abounds beneath the canopies of the silken city, and Poppy finds herself in the perilous sights of those who will stop at nothing to recover a fabled ancient treasure. Torn between allegiance to her kindly employer and a dashing, shadowy figure, Poppy will risk it all as she attempts to unravel a much larger plan—one that stretches to the very heart of the British government, and one that could endanger everything, and everyone, that she holds dear.

“Raybourn skillfully balances humor and earnest, deadly drama, creating well-drawn characters and a rich setting.” —Publishers Weekly on Dark Road to Darjeeling

Originally published in 2014

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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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Jan 1, 2018
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Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
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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

Return to the beginning of Deanna Raybourn's adored Lady Julia Grey's Victorian mystery series, and be carried off by adventure in this first-time digital collection.


The darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives threatening letters from an unknown source. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home. Determined to bring her husband's murderer to justice, the late Sir Edward's wife Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward's demise, following a trail of clues that lead her to ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival.


Fresh from a trip to Italy, Lady Julia returns to Sussex to find her father's estate crowded with family and friends. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget—the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane—is among the houseguests. But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered. Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again.


In Grimsgrave Hall, Nicholas Brisbane has inherited a ruined estate, replete with uncanny tenants and one unwanted houseguest: Lady Julia Grey. Lady Allenby and her daughters, dependent upon Brisbane and devastated by their fall in society, seem adrift, powerless to change their fortunes. But poison does not discriminate between classes, and a mystery unfolds from the rotten heart of Grimsgrave. Lady Julia may have to solve this particular one alone, as Brisbane appears inextricably tangled in its heinous twists and turns. But blood will out, and before spring comes, Lady Julia will have uncovered a long-buried legacy of malevolence and evil.
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…
Un marido, una familia, una vida hogareña: todo ello aterra a Theodora Lestrange Theodora deja atrás Edimburgo, y a un pretendiente desilusionado, con una pequeña herencia y sus tres únicos vestidos. Pone rumbo a Rumanía, un lugar donde aún se cuentan entre susurros historias de vampiros, para visitar a una vieja amiga y escribir el libro con el que va a lograr ser una mujer independiente de verdad. El castillo situado en los Cárpatos al que llega es un lugar imponente y deteriorado repleto de excéntricos habitantes: la achacosa condesa viuda, el pesaroso administrador, su temerosa amiga Cosmina... pero ninguno de ellos alcanza el oscuro encanto del conde Andrei Dragulescu, el amo del castillo. Andrei resulta desconcertante y cautivador a partes iguales, es un noble adusto que aviva la imaginación de Theodora y despierta en ella pasiones innegables e imposibles de ocultar. Es un hombre de un magnetismo superlativo que ejerce un dominio absoluto sobre el supersticioso pueblo, y ella podría convertirse en una más de las muchas personas que tiene a sus pies. Antes de finalizar su estancia allí y de terminar de escribir su novela, Theodora va a encontrar cosas extrañas y terribles a la par que seductoras. Obsesionarse con algo puede llegar a ser funesto, y ella corre el peligro de acabar siendo víctima de algo más que el deseo. Con una potente y peculiar voz, Deanna Raybourn crea personajes inolvidables en un mundo detallado con profusión. Una narración apasionante. Nora Roberts
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