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New Deanna Raybourn: Good news and bad news

 
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Jean Wan AAR



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:52 pm    Post subject: New Deanna Raybourn: Good news and bad news Reply with quote

Bad news first: May 2013.

Good news: Set in 1923. In Africa. Title, A Spear of Summer Grass

Sorry, I need to repeat that to myself because I can't believe it. It's not only a historical not set in England, it's set in Africa. It's set in the early 20th century. And the title is absolutely awesome.

I don't need to know any more. I'm buying it. In, like, a year, that is.
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Juliette



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this part of the Julia and Brisbane series?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Juliette wrote:
Is this part of the Julia and Brisbane series?


Apparently it's a standalone. Which is totally cool with me; I quite liked Dead Travel Fast. I think there's a J&B Christmas novella in the works.
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D Rogers



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Deanna Raybourn Reply with quote

The setting sounds interesting. Have you read any of the Jade del Cameron mysteries (set in 1920s Africa)? I enjoyed the first one; hope to get to the others soon.

I also liked The Dead Travel Fast. So I would try anything she wrote.

Another writer I liked is Charles Todd (mom and son writing team). There is something a bit romantic about those books (Ian's relationship with Meredith Channing, but he himself is a bit of a Gothic hero).

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HEAreader



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to a book signing last year where Deanna talked a lot about this book. Her editor wanted her to take a break from Julia and Brisbane, and Deanna was interested in this setting and character from some family history (the heroine is somewhat similar to her grandmother). I honestly can't remember all she said - for some reason, I think her next couple of books may be about this period and maybe these characters. The release date was put off because they wanted it to be a summer book and wouldn't be ready for this summer. She had a lot of research to do but seemed very excited - and added that this hero makes Brisbane look tame. I am doing a great injustice to her talk, only remembering her enthusiasm and overall impressions, so I may have gotten some of the details wrong. As much as I will miss Julia and Brisbane, I am looking forward to this book - and she did promise that J&B will be back!
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Eggletina



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEAreader wrote:
She had a lot of research to do but seemed very excited - and added that this hero makes Brisbane look tame.


Hmm... sounds intriguing. I just started reading the Julia Grey mysteries (currently in the middle of Silent on the Moor right now). I'm really enjoying these. The Africa book sounds promising.
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