Title: The Shadow Princess
Author: Mary Hart Perry
Published: February 11th 2014 by Diversion Books
Genre: historical romance
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.
It wasn’t right that they were about to stop him. An appalling intrusion on his work, that’s what it was. How could others not feel sorry for what these women went through? Only heunderstood. Only he had discovered the way to help them. Thank God the voice told him what to do.
The footsteps were louder, coming closer. He heard shouts. Now what should he do? Stay and rip the demon organ from her bleeding body? Release her from her torment. But if he stayed even another minute, they’d be on him. He couldn’t let them put their hands on him.
They who pursued him were unclean, hypocritical men who used the street women in despicable ways. They stopped him from his work. Just like his brother, they wouldn’t understand the simplest explanation.
When he’d gone home the last time, exhausted by his night’s labors, all he’d wanted to do was go to bed. But Frank insisted he wash off the blood before Ma saw it. Before anyone did. The fool! Submerge his flesh in vile water? Why? Blood was the only pure fluid—beautiful and natural and red with life. But Frank said he was afraid of the neighbors. What they might think. What they might accuse him of.
I quite enjoyed how approachable the characters are. Although many of the major players in the tale are royalty or at the top of the profession of law enforcement at a very difficult time they still remain personable and human. The relationships between the characters tell you as much about the individuals as Perry`s descriptions of them do, making for a well-rounded cast of characters. I also appreciated the naiveté in the younger characters. It was very refreshing to see young, sheltered individuals act as such.
All in all this is a story that I won’t soon forget. It was another brilliant, well written novel by Mary Hart Perry that I`d definitely recommend to anyone and everyone.
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