The Dead Travel Fast

The Dead Travel FastA Husband, A Family, A Comfortable Life Theodora Lestrange Lives In Terror Of It AllWith A Modest Inheritance And The Three Gowns That Comprise Her Entire Wardrobe, Theodora Leaves Edinburgh And A Disappointed Suitor Far Behind She Is Bound For Roumania, Where Tales Of Vampires Are Still Whispered, To Visit An Old Friend And Write The Book That Will Bring Her True IndependenceShe Arrives At A Magnificent, Decaying Castle In The Carpathians Replete With Eccentric Inhabitants The Ailing Dowager The Troubled Steward Her Own Fearful Friend, Cosmina But All Are Outstripped In Dark Glamour By The Castle S Master, Count Andrei DragulescuBewildering And Bewitching In Equal Measure, The Brooding Nobleman Ignites Theodora S Imagination And Awakens Passions In Her That She Can Neither Deny Nor Conceal His Allure Is Superlative, His Dominion Over The Superstitious Town, Absolute Theodora May Simply Be One Person Under His SwayBefore Her Sojourn Is Ended Or Her Novel Completed Theodora Will Have Encountered Things As Strange And Terrible As They Are Seductive For Obsession Can Prove Fataland She Is In Danger Of Falling Prey To Than Desire

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th generation native Texan She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including five RITAs, two RT Reviewers Choice awards

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  • The Dead Travel Fast
  • Deanna Raybourn
  • English
  • 03 October 2019

10 thoughts on “The Dead Travel Fast

  1. says:

    Can we PLEASE go back to the original cover style for her books so I m not embarrassed to buy them

  2. says:

    Not quite 3 stars, but rounding up for the gothic atmosphere.This is an homage to Dracula and Northanger Abbey, and I think anyone who enjoyed both of those books would enjoy this one as well It started out as quite an enjoyable read, but then it lost me somewhere along the way inside the creepy castle and the vampire mystery that just wouldn t end Also, am not a fan of vampires or sweeping Victorian romances However, I am a big fan of creepy castles, chilling folklore, and cold desolate settings So the highs and the lows kind of evened out.I really like the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn, especially the latest one, A Dangerous Collaboration, with its gothic tone and gloomy mystery So I was in the mood for a similar book The Dead Travel Fast wasn t quite what I was looking for, but it was interesting enough to pass the time.

  3. says:

    Frankly I was kind of disappointed in this It was well written and nicely atmospheric, but I never really liked either of the main characters and found the plot unconvincing I found her weirdly modern in outlook, and him All my least favorite alpha traits embodied Other than his supposed cuteness hotness money position I couldn t see why any woman would find him a catch Controlling Vaguely abusive Selfish Opium addict My reaction YUCK It was weirdly reminiscent of Jane Eyre to me, with lots of victorian dialogue The gothicness of it felt like victorian and modern sensibilities were fighting together, I kept being pulled out of the story But she is a good writer, and it could have been done much worse, by a lesser author That s why I gave it 3 stars I think it would work better for many readers than it did for me I have oddball reactions and often dislike books everyone else seems to love, so don t let me talk you out of it I liked the Silent series much better and am looking forward to the new one coming out.

  4. says:

    2.5 5I m a huge fan of Deanna Raybourn s ongoing Veronica Speedwell series I enjoyed her other stuff that I ve read for the most part This one, sadly, didn t quite get there But what could possibly happen to me in Transylvania The Dead Travel Fast is one of Deanna Raybourn s standalones It s the story of Theodora Lestrange, a young writer, who travels to Transylvania to visit a school friend and ends up having a bit of an adventure than she bargained for The time is the Victorian age There s death There s mystery There s romance All of the components that are recognisably Deanna Raybourn That said, The Dead Travel Fast just lacks that something extra to make it compelling It s an okay read with some moments that rise above that, but it s definitely not her best work.

  5. says:

    For the last couple of weeks I ve been obsessively checking my local bookstore s stock online to see if Deanna Raybourn s THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST just happened to get in early Yes, I actually am that nerdy and it s much too late to do anything about it But, in this case, the effort paid off as a nice, healthy stack of them awaited me on the New Fiction table when I dashed in from the rain on my way home from work As you know, I am a devoted Lady Julia Grey fan I adore that series and am anxiously awaiting the upcoming fourth installment Dark Road to Darjeeling due out this October But when I heard she was working on a standalone historical set in Transylvania and featuring a would be lady novelist and a mysterious countwellI was equal parts intrigued and excited Who knew what delights and promises it would hold Miss Theodora LeStrange has come to the end of her rope When her grandfather and guardian passes away, her well meaning if rather insipid brother in law takes it upon himself to determine what exactly is to be done with her Terrified of what he will come up with, Theodora grasps at the nearest straw in the form of a letter from her old school friend Cosmina who now resides at Castle Dragulescu in Transylvania She invites Theodora to come and stay in celebration of her approaching nuptials A budding novelist, Theodora convinces her friend and publisher Charles Beecroft the experience will serve to inspire her imagination and fuel the novel she knows is lurking inside just waiting to be brought forth Against their better judgement, her family and friends let her go and the adventure of a lifetime begins Upon arrival Theodora is reunited with Cosmina and introduced to the aging Countess and her mysterious son the newly appointed Count In a land where the sinister is a daily occurrence and the horrifying merely commonplace, Theodora s imagination is than stimulated It is driven into overdrive as her Scottish pragmatism wars with the inexplicable and increasingly nightmarish events unfolding in this small Roumanian village at the edge of the world.This was such an interesting read It was at times exactly and not at all what I expected and my response to it evolved as the pages turned I liked Theodora from the beginning She is much pragmatic, yet somehow less sure of herself than Julia Grey and I wondered how she would handle the what seemed to me clearly supernatural events at Castle Dragulescu But just when you and she think you have the story and Count Andrei figured out, the narrative takes a meditative turn and you find yourself not at all sure Perhaps it is merely smoke and mirrors and can all be explained away by an ancient grudge, a marital infidelity, or a genetic predisposition And so the tale winds on, weaving back and forth between the mundane and the spectacular, never revealing its secrets At first I was impatient to discover the truth, but it was when I gave myself up to the story that I enjoyed Deanna Raybourn s wonderfully gifted way with words I was amazed at how seamless the writing and the dialogue were Initially I wanted to like Andrei as much as I do Brisbane, but he is an entirely different breed of alpha male and not nearly as instantly likable But he isn t meant to be, I don t think Much Rochester than Thornton from the word go And once again, it was when I sat back and let it wash over me that I really was able to appreciate this novel for what it is a pitch perfect Victorian Gothic romance And the ending was perfect What a talent for endings Ms Raybourn has and how much I look forward to each of her books whatever style or genre they may be.A Note For Lady Julia Grey aficionados, there is a delightful little reference to that series hidden in THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST It left a happily satisfied smile on my face See if you can spot it.

  6. says:

    First Sentence All proper stories begin with the words Once upon a time.Theodroa Lastrange travels to a castle in the Carpathian Mountains at the invitation of her school days friend, Cosmina There she finds an old castle, an aristocratic family, and a count to whom she is inexplicably and inexorably attracted She also finds superstition and dark tales of werewolves and be involved in the destruction of an alleged vampire.My feelings, about this book, changed almost page to page and my rating oscillated from Good to Not Recommended My problem wasn t that this was very different from the Lady Jane Grey series I was prepared for this to be completely different I like gothic When done well, it can be wonderful When done badly, it crosses over into being melodramatic For much of this book, I found the latter to be true My problem was the writing itself Parts of the story are very good wonderfully written, touching, emotionally and thoroughly engrossing However, in other parts of the story, I found myself rolling my eyes and wondering what Ms Raybourn had been thinking It is difficult when you read first for character, and the only character you really feel any affinity for is a secondary character, Charles I truly disliked that the protagonist was named Theodora Lastrange how clich can one possibly be It may be a small thing, but was so trite it nearly caused me to stop reading immediately Than rather than Ms Lastrange being gutsy and independent, there was a wimpishness about her, particularly in her attraction to the Count Even with my issues with the characters, it was the plot which let me down The plot was rife with anachronisms, clich s and coincidences However, on the plus side, there were some scenes that were very well done, I personally like the inclusion of references to and the poetry of Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal being a particular favorite of mine, and I particularly appreciate her explanation for some of the supernatural events All this being said, it wasn t a terrible book Unfortunately, it wasn t a good book either Having read Ms Raybourn s other books, I believe much of my disappointment comes from knowing she is a much better writer than this would indicate THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST Gothic Susp Theodora Lastrange Transylvania Victorian 1858 OkayRaybourn, Deanna StandaloneMira, 2010, Trade paperback ISBN 9780778327653

  7. says:

    A twist on the old Dracula legends Or is there something else going on here Theodora Lestrange s childhood school mate Cosmina is set to marry a distant cousin, Count Andrei Dragulescu, at his castle high in the Carpathian Mountains Theodora is soon swept up into a web of intrigue and mystery over Andrei s dead father do the dead walk at night , a local villager who disappears into the forest to howl at the full moon or does he , a maid found dead with the marks of a vampire s fangs or is it something else and Of course the ever so sensuous Count has no interest in his betrothed but can t keep his hands and lips off our heroine Will she succumb to his charms And if she does, will those be kisses she receives or something sinister Is he one of the Strigoi or is it all smoke and mirrors Well you know I m not telling This was a light, easy breezy read with plenty of creepy moments that kept me guessing at the mystery until almost the last pages Theodora was just spunky and intelligent enough without going OTT in modern behavior and as for Andrei I wouldn t mind having one of him for my own I have to admit to being one of the few people left on the planet who haven t yet read Raybourn s other books, so I don t have those books to compare to as other reviewers have done Three stars.

  8. says:

    Una historia original basada en el mito de los vampiros, en la misteriosa Transilvana de 1860 Un relato donde no todo es lo que parece, y donde el amor y la muerte se dan la mano Una lectura muy recomendable.

  9. says:

    I was so focused on the fact that Deanna Raybourn had a new book coming out that I somehow failed to find out what the book was about until I was standing in the check out line at the bookstore And even reading the back cover I still didn t know what I was in for Really there should be vampire warnings somewhere so that you know what you re getting yourself into with books these days The back cover does say our heroine is bound for Rumania, where tales of vampires are still whispered and the castle s master is Count Andrei Dragulescu I am the first one to tell you I like things spelled out for meperhaps it s because I am often completely obtuse As it seems was the case with this book, I had no idea until I was a hundred or pages into it that it was a vampire story Once that major detail was discovered I found myself wanting to run back to the book store with my receipt in hand and ask for a refund But I didn t, I finished the book and on the whole, it was okay I m a little sad that the wonderfully talented Ms Raybourn has turned her hand to things vampirian, it seems somehow faddish to me But those of you who loved Twilight will likely love this as well This novel felt very much like a Romance novel and the murder mystery didn t feel very well developed The characters seemed rather stereotypical and the attraction between our heroine and the Count seemed based almost entirely on the physical Overall this novel pales in comparison to the characters and story lines the author created for her Lady Julia series And yet I would not be at all surprised if this novel took off in popularity and had better sales than her first series I say that only because of the popularity of romance novels and the current interest in all things vampire Personally I will be happy to read the next Lady Julia book and count this as the first and last vampire book I ll read.

  10. says:

    This was a truly perfect book.It had all of my favorite elements of a neo Victorian Gothic the impoverished gentlewoman seeking to make her way in life the mysterious, sensual young count that catches her eye mysterious deaths superstitious locals and a fraught relationship to the past Theodora is an orphan, and her grandfather has recently died as well When her schoolfriend, Cosima, invites her to Transylvania to be a guest at Cosima s wedding to the local count, Theodora views it as a handy escape She s a writer, and she knows from Cosima s childhood stories that Transylvania will provide fertile ground for her imagination Also, she d rather not live with her sister and brother in law, who are expecting their fifth child Upon her arrival at the castle, Theodora is thrilled with the magnificent setting, and her writing takes off She is troubled that Cosima s wedding has been called off, and Theodora is even disturbed when she realizes just how attracted she is to the count.In true Gothic fashion, secrets from the past continue to haunt the present Was the current count s father so evil that he rose from the grave as strigoi Why did the count s father and grandfather hate each other so deeply What secrets of love and passion will drive these characters to commit desperate acts Raybourn has a fantastic narrative voice, and her ear for dialogue is top notch Unlike so many neo Victorian romances, her characters speak naturally, with only small differences from our modern speech Clearly, Raybourn has read many Victorian novels in order to master the language so thoroughly This book was a joy to read, and I would have loved to read it slowly and savor it, but I was too engrossed and had to know what happened next.

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