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Betraying the Crown (A Guy Harford Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
Intrigue and scandal threaten to rock the monarchy in wartime Britain…
Windsor, 1943. Britain is in the grip of war and treachery is afoot. The body of controversial former courtier Lord Blackwater is found in the abandoned Fort Belvedere, once the country bolthole of the King’s wayward brother. And all signs point to murder.
Royal confidant Guy Harford is called in to solve the mystery quickly and quietly, before any hint of scandal reaches the public. Investigating with the help of Rodie, his roguish burglar girlfriend, his enquiries lead him into the world of the Royal Ballet, where on-stage glamour hides an undercurrent of off-stage deceit. And when the ballet company’s newest recruit turns up dead, it’s clear there’s more to this murder than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, news reaches the Palace that the King’s brother—already under strict orders to stay out of trouble—is threatening to undermine both Crown and country by taking US citizenship.
Harford must do his royal duty. It’s up to him to catch the killer and save the monarchy from crisis in wartime. Before any more heads roll…
About the Author
TP Fielden is the fiction-writing name of the acclaimed royal biographer and commentator Christopher Wilson, who has penned biographies of Prince Charles, Camilla, Diana and other members of the British royal family.
For twenty years a leading Fleet Street journalist with columns in The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Express and Today, he is now a bestselling biographer and (as TP Fielden) novelist.
Most recently the creator of the English Riviera Murders featuring 1950s supersleuth Miss Dimont, he remains an internationally in-demand writer on royal matters, with regular appearances in TV documentaries and reports across the globe.
His biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is the acknowledged source material for all other books and TV films on the subject, and his ground-breaking research on the life and family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is also a primary source for biographers and filmmakers.
His biography A Greater Love: Charles and Camilla was turned into a top-rated TV documentary screened in the USA, UK and twenty-six other countries around the globe, and he has co-produced several major TV documentaries on the British royals. He lectures widely on the subject.
He is the co-founder of the Oxford University journalism awards, and for this work he was honoured by St Edmund Hall, the university’s oldest college, with membership of its Senior Common Room.
He is married to an American writer and lives on Dartmoor, England.
- ASIN : B09JNXCMLF
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (31 May 2022)
- Language : English
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- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542017424
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The story begins in 1943 with the discovery of the body of Lord Blackwater,former close member of Edward the Eighth's circle before his abdication and since ostracised by the Windsors and their own clique. Harford is called in to investigate. Harford's job is not made easier by the efforts of girlfriend Rodie Carr and mysterious "Post Office employee" Rupert Hardacre who appear to be investigating the same thing but with a different agenda. With loyalties unsure . the search leads to strange goings on in the Royal Ballet and as if Harford doesn't enough on his plate he's also sent to the Bahamas to discover the intentions of the disgruntled former King who's actions threaten to destabilise wartime Britain.
This is a very enjoyable series and with the author being a noted expert on the Royal Family it's not only based around true events but there's plenty of gossip and surprising facts to be gleaned from the tale.
It's pretty much essential to have read the previous 2 books in this series to get full enjoyment out of this one, not least to understand the relationships of the main characters. It's an undemanding and enjoyable read whether you're a fan of the Royals or not.
When Lord Archy Blackwater is found dead, possibly murdered, in Fort Belvedere, the former home of former King Edward VIII alarm bells ring, because he was a close associate of Edward prior to his abdication. Guy is is asked to investigate discreetly and enlists the help of his girlfriend, former burglar turned civil servant, Rodie.
I enjoyed Betraying the Crown, which is an interesting read on the period, although it is more interested political manoeuvring than crime investigation. The fact that the former king wanted to take American citizenship would have been a tremendous PR blow to the monarchy, especially in wartime, so it’s time for dirty tricks and these people fight seriously dirty. I wonder if current events made the author think of this true life event?
With Guy involved in this firefighting effort, the murder investigation is left to Rodie in her role as a “civil servant” at the “Post Office”. She and her boss find a link to a ballet company where she goes undercover. I was disappointed that this plot is secondary to royal politics as she is the stand out character in the novels. She’s bold, smart and working class in a very upper middle class at a minimum environment and steals the show.
The novel has its moments of humour, not least in its depictions of the upper classes and the farce surrounding the former king and his intentions. It’s so petty in many ways that it’s comical. What’s even more dismaying is that it’s rooted in fact.
Betraying the Crown is a good read that I can recommend.