Title: The Shadow Princess
Series: Queen Victoria’s Daughters
Author: Mary Hart Perry
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release Date: February 2014
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Pages: 302 pages
About the Book:
To catch one of history’s most notorious killers, a princess risks losing her family, her life―and her heart.
London, 1888: A year after Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee terror mounts in the city’s slums. A killer has butchered two prostitutes, the crimes brutal even by London’s hardened standards. Rumors of the murders reach Princess Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria and grieving widow of the German Emperor Frederick III. When her niece Princess Maud visits, she brings with her even worse news―the Metropolitan Police have a suspect. It’s Vicky’s nephew, Crown Prince Eddy. Desperate to clear her family’s name, Vicky rushes back to England.
Detective Inspector Thomas Edmondson believes there is a royal cover-up behind the killings. He will stop at nothing to expose the truth and bring a murderer to justice before he can kill again. But when Vicky joins him in searching for the man who will become known as Jack the Ripper, neither of them foresee the overpowering attraction that will draw together the royal and the commoner―or the danger their love puts them in.
That being said, it was extremely difficult to be objective when reading The Shadow Princess. But I tried. And let me tell you, objectively, that this book is at least as exciting and romantic as its predecessors.
The story of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Vicky, and her assistance in the investigation into the Whitechapel Murders (aka Jack the Ripper) is a work of fiction. However, it is so well-researched and well-written that you will feel like you are right there in the side streets of London viewing the aftermath of the Ripper’s disgusting crimes right alongside Empress Vicky.
As always, Perry’s characters are real people, fleshed out and feeling. Vicky is someone I would like to be friends with and her dilemma between duty and love is heart-wrenching and sweet.
I also enjoyed Vicky’s relationship with her children as compared to her mother’s relationship with Vicky and her siblings. One of the saddest parts for me was when Vicky laments her megalomaniacal son, Willy (if you know your history, you will realize that Willy eventually becomes Kaiser Wilhelm). Reading Perry’s books has prompted me to look deeper into British history, particularly the Victorian era. It is interesting to see how closely related so many European royals were or are to each other.
I give The Shadow Princess five stars. Fans of historical romance will love this book. It is also not necessary to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one. The Shadow Princess stands on its own.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Innovative Online Book Tours. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
Mary Hart Perry, aka Kathryn Johnson, grew up in New England and now lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two feline writing partners, Tempest and Miranda. She’s the author of over 40 novels published by major U.S. and foreign publishers. She writes historical fiction as Mary Hart Perry and contemporary romantic thrillers under her own name, Kathryn Johnson. She also teaches fiction-writing workshops forThe Writer’s Centerin Bethesda, Maryland. Her popular 8-week course,The Extreme Novelist, supports and encourages class members through a full first draft of their novels. In 2008, she foundedWrite by You, a writer’s mentoring service, to aid individual authors in reaching their publication goals. She has been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christy Award, and won the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller’s Best Awards (sponsored by the Romance Writers of America). Her works in progress include Victorian thrillers inspired by the lives of Queen Victoria’s daughters, and a new contemporary romantic-suspense series scheduled for release in 2014-15. Kathryn is a member of the Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Inc, and the Historical Novel Society.
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Mary_Hart_Perry or www.goodreads.com/KathrynJohnson