Friday, February 28, 2014

Innovative Online Book Tours Book Review: The Shadow Princess


To catch one of history’s most notorious killers, a princess risks losing her family, her life—and her heart… London, 1888: A year after Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee terror mounts in the city's slums. A killer has butchered two prostitutes, the crimes brutal even by London’s hardened standards. Rumors of the murders reach Princess Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria and grieving widow of the German Emperor Frederick III. When her niece Princess Maud visits, she brings with her even worse news--the Metropolitan Police have a suspect. It’s Vicky’s nephew, Crown Prince Eddy. Desperate to clear her family's name, Vicky rushes back to England. Detective Inspector Thomas Edmondson believes there is a royal cover-up behind the killings. He will stop at nothing to expose the truth and bring a murderer to justice before he can kill again. But when Vicky joins him in searching for the man who will become known as Jack the Ripper, neither of them foresee the overpowering attraction that will draw together the royal and the commoner—or the danger their love puts them in.

Review:  Having read the first two books in this series, I had to read The Shadow Princess as well. This story revolves around an older Princess Royal, Vicky. It takes place after her husband has died and also involves Jack The Ripper.

Though all of Mary's novels are rooted in the history of Queen Victoria's daughters, this one is a bit more heavy of the fiction, while keeping the facts there. Don't call this historical fiction but rather alternate history.

For some that might be a little hard to deal with, but I simply remember that it is fiction and it is wonderfully written. Plus I like the thought of the Jack The Ripper case actually being solved.

Like her previous novels from this series Vicky gets a romance with the detective in charge of the Ripper case, though in this story the sparks between Empress Vicky and Thomas Edmondson isn't as hot as with her previous two novels.

I really enjoy The Shadow Princess, because it focused on Vicky after her husband had passed away. It isn't often that a book that is even a little bit romance oriented has the heroine in her middle years.

Once again, Mary has created a novel that is full of fact and fiction that will keep the pages turning until the very end.

Rating: 5 flowers

Bio: Mary Hart Perry (aka Kathryn Johnson)

Mary Hart Perry grew up in New England and now lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two feline writing partners, Tempest and Miranda. She's the author of over 40 novels published by major U.S. and foreign publishers. She writes historical fiction as Mary Hart Perry and contemporary romantic thrillers under her own name, Kathryn Johnson. She also teaches fiction-writing workshops for The Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her popular 8-week course, The Extreme Novelist, supports and encourages class members through a full first draft of their novels. In 2008, she founded Write by You, a writer's mentoring service, to aid individual authors in reaching their publication goals. She has been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christy Award, and won the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller's Best Awards (sponsored by the Romance Writers of America). Her works in progress include Victorian thrillers inspired by the lives of Queen Victoria's daughters, and a new contemporary romantic-suspense series scheduled for release in 2014-15. Kathryn is a member of the Author's Guild, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Inc, and the Historical Novel Society.

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Mary Hart Perry said...

Thanks so much for letting me visit with you on A Chick Who Reads! I love this site, and appreciate your thoughtful and encouraging reviews. Best wishes, Mary Hart Perry

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