Annotations for Goodnight Sweet Prince
Baker & Taylor
When the dissolute Prince of Wales is threatened with yet another scandal, Lord Francis Powerscourt first tries to discover who is blackmailing--and then who murdered--the prince's equally dissolute son, Prince Eddy.
Blackwell North Amer
England, 1892, and Victoria, Queen and Empress, is in the 54th year of her reign. Prince Eddy, eldest son of the Prince of Wales, second in line to the throne, is found slaughtered in his bed at the royal country house at Sandringham, Norfolk. Terrified of scandal, the Prince of Wales and his spin doctors decide on a cover-up: the murder is disguised as death by influenza. Lord Francis Powerscourt, an Irish investigator, is asked secretly to find the killer, but there are many possible suspects. At the time of death there were Russians, possibly anarchists, in the vicinity. There were also Irish, possibly terrorists. The Royal Family and even the Government are not above suspicion, for Eddy would have been a singularly unsuitable monarch - as a young man he left the country for two years on a grand tour, but not it seems purely for cultural reasons. Powerscourt's quest takes him deep into Prince Eddy's debauched and dissolute past. It takes him on a journey of discovery through the crumbling palazzos and the misty waterways of Venice. And it takes him on a love affair that starts in front of Turner's Fighting Temeraire in London's National Gallery. Through a web of scandal and suicide, vice and revenge, Powerscourt at last unravels the mystery of the prince's last goodnight.
It is 1892, the fifty-fourth year of Queen Victoria's reign. Lord Salisbury serves as prime minister, Cavalleria Rusticana is the hit of the London season, and the Prince of Wales is embroiled in yet another scandal. Alexandra, the popular and much-adored Princess of Wales, has long suffered the disgraces of her husband and now worries over the dissolute behavior of her son. Victor Albert--Eddy to his family--apparently takes after his father. That the Prince of Wales has fallen victim to blackmail and that Eddy is receiving death threats further complicate life among the royals. So it is that an investigator, Lord Francis Powerscourt, is summoned to look into the affairs of the prince and his family. Matters get quickly worse in this ingenious, skillfully plotted historical mystery novel. Eddy, his throat slit from ear to ear, is discovered at Sandringham, in a blood-soaked bed, and Powerscourt suddenly finds himself investigating a murder--but with a handicap, because the royal family has announced to the press that Eddy died of influenza in order to avoid a scandal of monumental proportions. So Powerscourt cannot reveal what only he and the highest-ranking government officials know. Powerscourt's exploration of Eddy's dissipated past in his search for the truth behind the gory murder takes him into the twilight world of London and ultimately to a mysterious rendezvous in Venice's St. Mark's Square. There, though, more treachery and more blood stand between Powerscourt and the solution.