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Goodnight Sweet Prince (Lord Francis Powerscourt #1)

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England, 1892. Victoria, Queen and Empress, is in the 54th year of her reign. Prince Eddy, the profligate eldest son of the Prince of Wales, is found slaughtered in his bed in the royal country house of Sandringham, his throat cut from ear to ear. Terrified of further scandal, the Prince of Wales and his spin-doctors decide on a cover-up and the royal murder is disguised a ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by Constable & Robinson (first published December 18th 2001)
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⊱ Irena ⊰

Goodnight Sweet Prince features a very likeable protagonist whose mind sometimes wanders to unexpected places, some of which not connected to whatever he is working on at that moment. All part of the charm of Lord Francis Powerscourt.

He gets entangled in a web of lies when he gets a task of finding a person blackmailing Prince of Wales. He doesn't expect to find them fast since even those blackmailed don't want to talk about it. To make things even worse, someone murdered Prince Eddy and his
GOODNIGHT SWEET PRINCE (Professional Investigator-UK-1892) – VG
Dickinson, David – 1st in series
Constable, 2002- UK Hardcover
Queen Victoria is on the throne when Irish investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt is informed by his friend, Lord Rosebery, that someone is sending blackmail letters to the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII. The case takes a much darker turn when Edward’s son, Albert, who is second in line for the throne after his father, is found brutally murdered in his bed. While it
Nancy Oakes
Queen Victoria is on the throne. The Prince of Wales is being blackmailed via threats sent to him in notes with letters cut from two different newspapers. Lord Francis Powerscourt, investigator extraordinaire, is called in to solve the case. He and his small circle decide that since the only thing the Prince of Wales has on him that could possibly be of use to a blackmailer is already widely known, the blackmailer is targeting the behavior of his son, Prince Eddy. So they set to work looking for ...more
Rachel Leverton
Feb 21, 2015 Rachel Leverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful historical mystery

I found the beginning of the novel to be a bit slow at first, with main and secondary characters who seemed as though they must have appeared in a previous novel (even though I knew this was the first in the series). It was a bit hard keeping the names straight, especially as many of them had official titles as well as their given name along with nicknames.

However, I very much enjoyed the plot, as well as the believable motives of the characters. Powerscourt's mental
Sep 15, 2014 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
2.5 stars

I didn't know what to make of this book in all honesty. I felt that the pace of the story kept changing dramatically. The lead character seemed to zip around Europe with ease which was impossible to believe as travel during Victorian times would have been slow and laborious. There were parts of the book I thought were ok and at other times the story dragged.
Christine Blachford
Wasn't sure what to make of this one to start with, it took quite a long time to get going, and spent a considerable amount of time setting the groundwork for the characters. It wouldn't really have been a problem except the nature of the book and the style of the writing meant it felt like we were being kept at arm's length the entire time.

Once the action picked up, however, the book hit its stride and I really started to enjoy it. A good mystery, an interesting investigation, and the character
Jun 22, 2014 Ananda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This murder mystery is based on the clever premise of using real characters and facts – or at least building on rumours prevalent at the time – to create a fictitious parallel plotline. We learn of the suspicious and, for the sake of this plot, hushed up death of the second in line to the throne of late Victorian Britain, Prince Albert Edward, or Prince Eddy, the real life son of the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) and grandson of Queen Victoria. Lord Francis Powerscourt, an Irishman with a r ...more
BOTTOM LINE: #1 Lord Francis Powerscourt, investigator, 1892 England and Italy; genteel PI, historical. Royal cover-ups (murders and salacious doings) and other deadly dealings.

would have rated this "four-and-one-half" stars - it was soooo good! - but can't figure out how to do so, and as a first novel I won't give five stars "on principle"... - the author has to be able to improve, kwim?

“What If” - Prince Eddy, Queen Victoria’s disreputable eldest grandson (and second in line for the throne) d
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
There was indeed controversy surrounding Queen Victoria's grandson, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (otherwise known as Prince Eddy). In particular surrounding his sexuality, intellect and sanity. According to the history books he died of influenza, but what if he didn't? THat's what David Dickinson's compelling historical mystery is all about.

The story follows Lord Francis Powerscourt and his intriguing investigation into the death of Prince Eddy, said to be a very naughty
Simon Mcleish
Mar 04, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on my blog here in May 2007.

When one things of the British royal family in the later nineteenth century, the immediate image that comes to mind is that of the perpetually mourning Queen Victoria; perhaps secondly there are the mistresses of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. Less well known is the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, because he never actually succeeded to the throne, dying of influenza in 1892. The career of < href="
First sentence: "Come, Powerscourt, come."

It is January of 1892 and the eldest son of the Prince of Wales has been found dead in his bed. The tale that has come down through history is that he died from a bad bout of influenza, but what if instead his death was caused by a murder that was covered up by his royal father? This is the story David Dickinson tells through the eyes of the Irish investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt. Lord Powerscourt is hired by the Prince of Wales to investigate the d
John Lee
Sep 06, 2012 John Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a recommendation for me on the Goodreads website. It is the first that I have taken up and is a promising start.
On the front cover of the book is a quote "A cracking yarn, beguilingly real from start to finish" I am not sure about the second half but it was certainly a cracking yarn. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the style of writing which took the reader from gentle humour to deadly severe in the turn of a page with a touch Lord Peter Wimsey in there too.
As I didnt know much
Jul 22, 2014 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, british
Prince Eddy has been murdered and Francis has been asked to find the murderer while covering up the murder.

The dialogue was wooden. The mystery was poorly paced. The writing was somewhat scattered.
Jun 21, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Charles Finch novels, you will like this one! Both authors have Victorian Lords as the main character. They both have accomplices who assist in unraveling the mysteries! And there is a fair lady in the background.
Goodnight Sweet Pprince involves the death of Prince Albert (Victoria's Prince of Wales)'s ner do well son, Prince Eddy. Since Eddy succumbed to rather a brutal slitting of the throat, Albert fears it was done as an act of vengeance and wants to keep the manner of death secr
Jocelyn Harvey
Oct 02, 2012 Jocelyn Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new series for me, but into its ninth book. This one, the first, introduces Lord Francis Powerscourt, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat living in England, a sometime investigator for the government, as well as his buddies, family, and love interest. The characters grabbed my attention - very well-drawn and intriguing. The plot creaks a little at the start but half way through takes off and is very exciting. Dickinson draws on his knowledge of Victorian England, art, and the classics and, in a ...more
Apr 08, 2012 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Victorian thriller with a royal background. The Prince of Wales' eldest son is found murdered, why and who by?

Lord Powerscourt, an Irishman and friend of the Prime Minister and Lord Rosebery, is called in to investigate. He does so and finds himslef in a web of intrigue, so much so that other murders take place and then his own life, and those of his confederates, is at risk.

However, he is clever enough to outwit the hidden, and then unknown enemy, and eventually unravel the whole mystery with
This started out as a two-star plodder and ended up a bit above a three-star. Dickinson clearly is setting up a series, and takes the first quarter of the book to build a very thick foundation-the historical setting, the characters, real and ficticious, and their interactions. He does everything but draw a web map of their relationships with bubble notes about their shared lives previous to the book. However, when he gets that out of the way, the mystery picks up and so does the pace. It ended w ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great look at the British upper class. This starts a series with Lord Powerscourt
The history books will tell you that Prince Eddie, son of the Prince of Wales and grandson of Queen Victoria, died of influenza. But what if...the dissolute prince was really murdered, and the family covered up his death because they were afraid of the scandal that would come out if the crime were openly investigated? And what if Irish peer Lord Francis Powerscourt, who should be concentrating on his courtship of Lady Lucy, has to investigate the murder without letting anyone not in the secret k ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Alicia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one in particular-- see review
Recommended to Alicia by: No one--came up in a genre search, decided to try
ISBN: 9-7867-0945-6 2002
4 volumes/28 chapters/314pp

Review to come
Jul 04, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable historical mystery, full of believable Victorian scandal.
Loved this book…another favorite to add to my list of authors…
this was a kindle reduced price special and i was hooked! now i want to buy the rest of the 7 book series, but they aren't on sale. the hero is a victorian-era investigator who is asked to check into a blackmail scheme involving the promiscuous prince of wales, and then the prince's oldest son is found murdered--this is a novel, NOT truly history. the romance between the hero and the heroine is kind of an afterthought. but it was truly intersting to see how, UNLIKE today, the rich and powerful c ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series.
The Prince of Wales, Edward, has a debauched son Eddy. Eddy is found with his throat slit at Sandringham. Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to investigate whilst no one is to know about the murder as the royal family hush it up and declare Eddy died of influenza.

I found this a quick, well-paced and in places, humourous, story and just when I thought all was done and dusted there was another twist.

A fair amount of aristocratic drawing room gossip and matchmaking goin
Besides the murder, nothing happened in this book at all. This was like a cozy mystery except if a cozy mystery had British restraint amped up to 11. I kept reading thinking that something would have to happen, it was a book after all, and things happen eventually in books. Not so, my good sirs, this book was a less interesting, and fictional version of a true crime book. Anyway, just absolutely underwhelmed with this book. I doubt I would give the next once a chance after this borefest.
Takes place in the Victorian era, so there is lots of sexual repression. Unless, of course, you're a member of the British royalty. The only one NOT having sex, it appears, was the Queen herself. Anyway, Lord Powerscourt is a very strong protagonist. I liked his style. It is a smallish glimpse into the seedy behind-the-scenes of the royals at this time. Makes you wonder, what else could be a figment of their imaginations? Oh, and the mystery is pretty good, too. LOL Enjoy!
Dec 20, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly just a badly edited book, but I had trouble with the transitions between scenes. At one point, there's a list of (something) being given, and suddenly you're back with the previous scene to finish it, and without warning, back into the list to finish that. Too many of those happened and I was tossed out of the book.

The main character is very much like a less-giddy Lord Peter in some ways, but comes across as fairly superficial.
Sep 30, 2011 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
A little bit of fake history here - that Victoria's grandson, Prince Eddy, was murdered rather than died of influenza - and first in a series of turn-of-the-century (19th/20th) British mysteries. Great period detail, but pretty poor development of the characters ; quite a good mystery, but an at times awkward development of the plot-line. Enjoyable, but definitely a mixed bag.
Shirley Evans
Good relaxing read
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David Dickinson was born in Dublin. After receiving a first class honours degree in Classics from Cambridge he joined the BBC where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama as well as being series editor on Monarchy, a three part programme on the current state and future prospects of the British royal family. David now lives in Barnes, South West London.

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