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3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 27th 1989 by London: Bodley Head, 1989 (first published 1989)
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Oct 29, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
Actually, another three-and-a-half star rating! Fairly absorbing alternative history, a step up on its predecessor "King and Joker".
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Jul 22, 2012 Victoria Gaile rated it liked it
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This is a sequel to King and Joker, which I really liked a lot. It's set in an alternate history with an alternate royal family on the throne of England.

(And is nevertheless very clearly a mystery that happens to be set in this alternate history, rather than an alternate history (ie, SF) that happens to be a mystery. Somehow the genre conventions very clearly come through though I couldn't articulate them.)

Unfortunately for my tastes, the sequel takes place late enough that my favorite parts of
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Dec 08, 2013 Brenda Clough rated it it was amazing
I love this little duology, which forms a pair with KING AND JOKER. Why there are not twenty more volumes I really do not understand! An alternate Britain with a pack of alternate royals, including the intrepid Princess Louise. A smart princess!
Eric Hines
Nov 25, 2011 Eric Hines rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dickinson's fictional royal family is charming. And as usual, the mystery is a device. Dickinson's real attraction are his central characters and the thoughtful and sensitive comedy of manners he manages to weave even into his most plot-driven works.
Feb 04, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it
Sequel to "King and Joker." As in that book, the alternative version of Britain is well thought-out and the mystery is good.
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Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (born 16 December 1927) was a prolific English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson lived in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley. He wrote more than fifty novels for adults and young readers. He won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award twice, and his novel The Blue
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