By Stephanie Barron
The acclaimed writer of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings wealthy ancient immediacy to a captivating new suspense novel headquartered round Queen Victoria's stricken court...and a mystery so risky, it will probably topple thrones.
Windsor fortress, 1861. For the second one time in over two decades, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by means of the Queen. the 1st time, he'd been a zealous younger criminal clerk, investigating what looked to be a murderous conspiracy opposed to her. Now he's a exotic gentleman on the best of his career. And the Queen is a lady within the grip of worry. For in this cold evening, her liked husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.
With her destiny clouded through grief, Fitzgerald can't aid yet observe the Queen is interestingly preoccupied with the earlier. but why, and the way he may also help, is uncertain. His bewilderment deepens while the royal trainer is violently overturned, approximately killing him and his marvelous younger ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the past due Dr. Snow, a famed doctor who'd attended none except Her Majesty.
Fitzgerald is certain of 1 factor: the Queen's carriage used to be now not attacked at random--it used to be a delicately selected objective. yet used to be it simply because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't chance loss of life to be able to discover. He'll depart London and take Georgiana with him--if they could get out alive. For quickly the pair locate themselves hunted. Little do they be aware of they each one hold inside of their earlier hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they need to untangle in the event that they are to survive.
From the streets of London to the luxurious hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor fortress, A Flaw within the Blood grants a desirable story of pursuit, and the crafty combination of interval element and electrifying intrigue that basically the impressive Stephanie Barron can devise.
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