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Preview — Goodnight Sweet Prince by David Dickinson
Goodnight Sweet Prince (Lord Francis Powerscourt #1)
Prince Eddy is a notorious wastrel. But when he is found in his bedroom at Sandringham with his throat cut, his father, King George V, decides that the crime must be concealed. The prince is said to have died of influenza. Lord Francis Powerscourt is secr...more
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...more
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.
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...more
There are bright spots: the Lady Lucy character is very well drawn and the Venice sequence is captivating, but I'm not moved to cont...more
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...more
The story follows Lord Francis Powerscourt and his intriguing investigation into the death of Prince Eddy, said to be a very naughty...more
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="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_A...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
4 volumes/28 chapters/314pp
Review to come
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...more
The main character is very much like a less-giddy Lord Peter in some ways, but comes across as fairly superficial.
Librarian Note: There is more than one aut...more