King and Joker
The monarchy is not what it used to be. King Victor II may be the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, but political and economic realities have intruded even on Buckingham Palace, where family breakfasts center on proposals for tightening the household budget (no, Princess Louise will not be hiring out as a babysitter) and the King—a licensed physician—fumes at Parliament’s refusal to permit him to practice medicine for fear of lawsuits.
Nor has royal dignity been spared. A practical joker has invaded the palace, but his tricks, initially amusing, have turned deadly, and seem increasingly to be focused on the teenage Princess Louise. The trickster, it seems clear, wants her to divulge some secret to the Greater British Public, but which one? With a royal family’s worth of skeletons in the closet, there are too many to choose from.
This alternative-history mystery from Peter Dickinson sets a fictional royal family in a realistic 1970s Britain and gives them characteristics both royal and suburban. It is told primarily through the voices of the teenage princess and her aging nanny, who has raised countless royal babies and kept quite a few of those royal secrets.
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