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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  30 reviews
alternate cover edition of ISBN: 9780988934726

The people Nicholas Carey has loved are all ghosts: his mother, the world-famous concert pianist; his wife, Deborah, the most beautiful woman in England; and Diana, Princess of Wales, his most trusted friend and confident. How many nights has he spent talking to Diana about his marriage, about her marriage, about his guilt over
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Published March 2014 (first published March 30th 2013)
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Carolyn Jourdan
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertaining, well-written romantic mystery! Hope for more of these!

This book cannot be described as simply a romance novel. The plot is too rich and complex. It is both a modern and a medieval love story and both a mystery and a romance.

The modern story kicks off the book. Nicholas Carey, Eighteenth Duke of Burnham, is not only a the holder of an ancient title, he is a modern financier with millions of dollars and millions of employees at his beck and call. To every female on the planet,
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)

Dance For A Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins attracted me when I read the blurb which talked about how a wealthy Duke is looking to find that incriminating evidence that Princess Diana left before her death. This evidence will reveal that her death was not an accident but a murder.
But the only way to the evidence is through the tough lawyer, Taylor Collins.

Can he reveal the killer or will he also end up dead like all the other people he loved?
What is that
Dance for a Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins is a 2013 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Modern day Dukes, intrigue, mystery and romance make this romantic suspense novel a very absorbing read.

Nicholas is the 18th Duke of Burnham with the public persona of being “Price Charming”. He always has a beautiful woman on his arm and his relationships are usually short term. He wishes to sell the Abbey where his wife Deborah died and he takes a certain s
Robert Dean
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dance for a Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins

I have read quite a few historical novels and, for the most part, I am either disappointed by the lack of historical accuracy, or a lack
of “sense of time and place.” Deborah Hawkins’ novel, Dance for a Dead Princess, is a notable exception. Through obvious research, and with an excellent ear, Deborah Hawkins gets these details right. It is clear from “Dance” that the author knows British history generally, and the royals in particular. She also writes
جيلان صلاح
"Dance for a Dead Princess" is author Deborah Hawkins' debut novel. It tells a tale of romance and intrigue, mixing the past with the present with a firm grip on the mysterious lives of British royalty and socialites. Our main characters, Taylor Collins and Nicholas Carey, present two opposites of exotic worlds; the throat-cutting Wall Street companies and the old, mysterious Burnham Abbey. Weaving a story that swiftly moves between the tragedies of Sir Thomas Carey, a knight at the court of Hen ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mixed Feelings...

Bottom line is, I feel this author is capable of so much more. She is a strong writer, and the first 3/4 of the story had me hooked. As I neared the end of the tale, however, it began to seem as if she was rushing the end. What seemed to be an interesting plot twist turned out to be only a red herring, and they came thick and fast as the story wrapped up. Too many convenient coincidences to speed things along and a Scooby-Doo-worthy, self-incriminating confession by the true cri
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tried to capitalize on everyone’s fascination with the tragic death of Diana, and still missed the mark. The characters were flat and under developed. I just didn’t care about them or what happened to them. To make matters worse, the plot was convoluted with too many storylines.
Jessica Carroll (Novel Words by Jessica)
Romance, Mystery, Intrigue & History - Do not let this story pass you by!

Dance For A Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins is a book that I think many readers will pass over just because they may think it is all about Princess Diana and the mysterious details surrounding her untimely death. Well, I am here to tell them that although Diana's "voice" is always in the background the story revolves around the life of the 18th Duke of Burnham, Nicholas Carey, and his passionate, tempestuous relationsh
Sharlene Almond
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start had me. I was fascinated to see where this story was going to lead. And how these characters were intertwined with Diana, Princess of Wales.

The story becomes quite a fascinating read as Taylor, the female lawyer looking into Nicholas Carey (a duke) records to purchase land for a client. Her dislike turns to genuine care; but afraid her heart might be broken again.

Nicholas Carey is determined to find who is responsible for the death of Princess Diana. As Diana left proof of who is respo
Liza O'Connor
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is set in England 2010 and the author introduces the memories of real people into her book of fiction, most notably Princess Diana, who died in 1997. The hero, Nicholas, his grace, the 18th Duke of Burnham and Diana, Princess of Wales, had been friends. She had also been best friends with his wife, Deborah. He is the second richest man in England, and possibly the saddest.

When the story opens, the Duke is once again single, having lost the woman he loved, and he intends to remain so. He
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A diverting if convoluted romantic/suspense book based on the premise that Diana (yes, THAT Diana) left a video tape revealing who killed her. She calls her dear friend, Nicholas Carey (the 18th Duke of Burnham - a fictional character) to tell him of the tape and he swears he will find it and reveal it. To that end he starts the process of selling his ancestral home to a school for girls so that he can demand that a certain attorney work on the deal because she is a friend of a friend of Diana's ...more
Amanda Clay
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dance for a Dead Princess is a well-written, intriguing read full of twists, lies, mystery and a little romance.

Nicholas Carey is the 18th Duke of Burnham in modern day England; a rich and charming widower with a tragic past and a string of beautiful lovers ripe for the tabloids ala George Clooney. Taylor is a hot-shot Wall Street lawyer with a few skeletons of her own, assigned to represent interests in the sale of the Duke’s Abby.

When Taylor arrives at the Abby with nothing but business on h
Kathleen Kelly
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually believe in conspiracy theories, but in the case of Princess Diana's death, I have always thought that there was something suspicious about her death. In this fast paced, romantic story of Nicholas Carey,the 18th Duke of Burnham, who as friend to Princess Di believes that she was murdered and Taylor Collins, the estate lawyer who is assisting in the potential sale of Burnham Abbey for her law firm in New York, may have a tape that the princess made naming her murderer.
Since Nicho
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I read half of this book before deciding not to finish it, as I couldn’t recommend it for inclusion in Awesome Indies.

The book begins with a prologue that sets up the story, but it comes across as telling, not showing. It is a long internal monologue by one of the main characters and is followed, unfortunately, by another long internal monologue in Chapter One.

A certain amount of telling is OK at the beginning, but quite a bit of this story is told rather than shown. Events and backstory are rel
Linda Walters
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A flight on fancy involving Princess Diana and her murder as part of the story.
There are several different dramas going on at the same time that cause you to wonder about the Duke, Nicholas and his past life. Not only if he was guilty of harming his now dead wife, Deborah but also if he was the good guy in this present time. Of course as the reader we get to see some of what Nicholas and Taylor were thinking and feeling. Their POV's were done in a way that wasn't confusing or repetitive. There w
Vanessa Sims
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mf-reviews, romance
3.5 Stars
This is the first book that I have read that in 2010 there was a Duke of anything. That is so cool.

Nicholas has lost every woman in his life who he has cared about to a tragic death. He only has love interest because it would look weird if he didn’t.

Taylor is assigned to sale the Abby where Nicholas lives. As she looks for the right paperwork, she finds a journal from Nicholas’ ancestor. As she reads it and gets to know Nicholas she realized they were a lot alike when it came to the wom
Donna McBroom-Theriot
As a book reviewer, I do not always take notice of the book covers as I read on a Kindle. This was one of those books where I read the blurb and decided to read the book and totally skipped the cover. This is unusual because so many times the cover and not the blurb compels me to either pass over the book or read it. Having said that, seeing the cover for the first time after reading the book, I find it represents the story very well.

On the cover, I see a man haunted by the loves of his past an
Amy Hollingsworth
Which did you find more appealing, the introduction or the conclusion? The conclusion. Without giving too much away, it felt a lot like Downton Abbey. A new heir, a hidden crime, an expose lurking in the background … it's an ending most readers will love.

Why would you recommend or not recommend this book? I would definitely recommend this book for the writing alone. Additionally, it had some interesting facts in it which anyone who has an interest in the Royal Family will enjoy.

Did the book des
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense with a little bit of romance thrown in, that's how I would describe this book. It had somewhat of a slow start to it but was written in such a way that I was compelled to continue reading. Nicholas Carey was a close friend of Princess Diana--this piece of fiction using a historical figure was well done. The Taylor Collins character was quite believable as a lawyer for a well known firm in the US.

Once being introduced to the caregiver of Nicholas's drug addicted ward I believed I had her
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fictional novel based around the death of Princess Diana with an intriguing what if scenario. It is also part mystery, part contemporary romance, set in a sometimes historical or sometimes a contemporary setting! It is the story of two people who have to overcome their pasts to truly appreciate their present and each other.

Did I like this book—you bet I did-even though I had to sit and read it at my computer! The twists and turns kept me interested and entranced as the past was reveal
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
3.5 Stars

The second half of this book was so much better than the first half, it was almost two different books for me. This was not as fast paced, to me, as others claimed. The first half just dragged and I really couldn't get into the characters at all - there were a lot of characters to keep track of. Just when I was about to give up - it clicked! The book turned over a new leaf and I suddenly started to like it! I was very glad I did not give up on it altogether. I ended up liking the chara
Nicole Henke
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How much did I LOVE this book? Another long night, as I stayed up til I finished it in one sitting! The author takes a simple premise and makes a rollicking good story that is equal parts mystery, history and romance! It is one of those books that you don't want to tell too much, because the mysteries as they are told in the book are so much part of what drives the plot! I would have put less in the synopsis, but that is already what is on the book sites, so fair is far! But you will ADORE this ...more
Victoria Brinius
This is a great book. To think that Princess Diana knew that she was going to die has me baffled. What would she have done differently? I loved that this book was rich in history that I am old enough to remember. What if the crash in 1997 was planned? I also really like romances that take place in England. Which this story definitely had. The fact that this was based on something in a different language makes me want to learn that language. As the bodies started to pile up so did the mysteries. ...more
Julia Damatto
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author managed to tangle two stories perfectly, and made this great book. Brilliant. It's beautifully written, with complex characters, excellent narrative and a plot full of mystery, suspense, romance, twists and turns!
A minus for me is that the first part of the book is a little slow and the end goes too fast! But, in general is excellent.
Highly recommended

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*
Terri Reinhart
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the hero, Nicholas Carey, a fascinating and complex man, unlike many romance novel heroes. I liked his honesty about his faults, and his genuine devotion to the memory of his wife and Princess Diana. Many plot turns and twists kept me guessing. This book doesn't fit the stereotype of any single genre, but is a mixture of mystery, love story, and history. The characters are complex and the ending took me by surprise. A perfect combination from a gifted storyteller.
Lysander Hansen
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This isn't my usual read, but I have to say this was one of the most worthwhile books I've read in quite some time, particularly in this genre. The writing is high quality and it keeps the reader interested on multiple levels. I'm so glad I took the time to read it and would highly suggest it to anyone who's considering it. The characters are multi-dimensional and interesting, and it's really just all around an excellent premiere for the author. [Ly Hansen]
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A story about lost love, infatuation, grief and revenge. Generations have lived the same story over and over again, until the last generation finally gets it right. From Henry the VIII to Prince. Charles, the Prince Charming, has tarnished. Armour, and the women in their lives suffer the consequences.
Dick Whittington
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, rated-4-stars
Good story with lots of twists and turns. Good characters. Ending a bit too tidy and quick to wrap for my taste. Story progresses at an engaging pace, then suddenly everything moves to warp speed to tie up all the loose ends in as few pages as possible. Can't imagine the reason for the rush, but leaves me feeling let down.
Adriana Koulias
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!

If you like Romance, mysteries and a blend of contemporary and historical settings you will love this book!
Highly Recommended.
Howard Oglesby
rated it really liked it
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I was born in the South where everyone is a storyteller. I wrote my first story at age 11 and my first novel at age 13. I have been writing ever since. I have worked as a writing teacher, an editor, and as an attorney. In addition to writing I love music. I have played clarinet since I was almost too small to hold the instrument. Now that my three children are grown, I spend a lot of time with my ...more