Victoria, Queen and Empress, is in the 54th year of her reign, when her grandson Prince Eddy, eldest son of the Prince of Wales, is found slaughtered in his bed at Sandringham. Terrified of more royal scandal, the Prince of Wales and his spindoctors decide to cover up the facts and the murder is disguised as death by influenza.
David Dickinsonwas born in Dublin. After reading Classics at Cambridge he joined the BBC and was editor of Newsnight and Panorama and series editor on Monarchy, a three part programme on the British royal family. He has two children and lives in London
In this excellent novel, Dickinson weaves a tale of blackmail and murder among the royals late in Victoria's reign... [his] knowledge of the arts, history and literature is nothing if not exhaustive, and adds enormously to the overall background... One hopes to see more of Lord Powerscourt and his friends in the near future. - Publishers WeeklyThis is detective fiction in the grand style; the characters and the plot soar upwards and carry us in their wake. Powerscourt's debut in this intoxicating book is the start of a gilded life in the archives of crime.