The following is a book review on Amazon UK By Breakaway Reviewers on 6 Oct. 2016.
CONSPIRACY OR TRUTH? THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO FIND OUT!
When the country’s Princess dies in a mysterious car crash, there isn’t anything her son won’t do to find the truth. Fighting against time and unlikely enemies, James has to decide if he is willing to give up the crown in order to find the truth about his mothers’ death.
I loved this book from start to finish. The Princess Diana conspiracies have always intrigued me, so this book was even more interesting.
The characters and plot line were really well thought out. The plot twists were actually surprising; unlike other stories I have read where you can usually work out what will happen. During the entire story there was enough new information and clues to keep you reading, without being too intense.
I have given the book 4 stars. As much as I enjoyed it, and loved the basis of the plot, it wasn’t necessarily a book I would read over and over again. I would definitely recommend it to others though, a really worthwhile read. It also makes you wonder how much is really true…
FOREWORD REVIEWS/CLARION REVIEW
DEATH OF THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
Reviewed by Jill Allen
This delightful cross-genre story brings intrigue to the British royals.
In Death of the Queen of Hearts, Roman A. Clay crafts an engrossing story that deftly combines the genres of mystery and thriller while offering trenchant commentary on duty, anonymity, and coming-of-age.
Upon turning twenty-one, the United Kingdom’s Prince James receives a DVD containing footage of his dead mother in which she claims her demise was orchestrated rather than accidental. Suddenly, he finds himself questioning official records—and even his own sanity—as his family members prevent him from discovering the truth of how Princess Christina died.
The book’s spare prose and lucid dialogue establish and maintain logical character development for primary and secondary players. James transitions smoothly from an obedient, unsure youth to a confident, informed man secure in his choices.
Alba, the writer of an unauthorized tell-all about the death, moves from beguiling source to full-fledged partner in the investigation in a realistic amount of time. As an added bonus, James and Alba start out as friends and gradually become romantically involved. Refreshingly, their relationship is one small facet of the plot rather than the main focus.
Even James’s mother, Christina, grows from a mere memory to a peaceful, powerful person who remains very much alive within the context of the book, as other characters refer to her constantly. She appears as a protective presence to her son in ways that elevate the trope of “help from beyond the grave” into an integral, believable, and necessary plot device.
Circumstances surrounding Christina’s death bear similarities to the way that well-loved Princess Diana died. Death of the Queen of Hearts touchingly evokes Diana’s legacy, portraying another princess who is sweet and universally adored. That James is able to resolve the mysteries around his mother’s death may be a consolation to those denied such happy conclusions in comparable real-life stories.
For all its intense intrigue, the book also contains sly bursts of humor. For example, when James purposefully ditches his security detail, they reliably find him at his friend’s bookshop, even if it takes the guards a while to get there. Also, the prince’s mother nicknamed him “Bunny” as a little boy; now old enough to have his own car, James drives a Volkswagen Rabbit.
This unique cross-genre narrative will delight those who love political intrigue, as well as veteran royalty watchers. Some knowledge of the inner workings of the United Kingdom’s monarchy is helpful, but not required, in order to enjoy this story.
AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEWS
This is a story covering the death of Princess Diana (“Christina” in the book) through a fictional scenario where her son, the prince, tries to investigate the truth of her death, not accepting that it was an accident. The story is faced paced and keeps you hooked throughout. The chapters were very small, leaving no filler as some thicker books tend to have. I still would have liked a little more expansion on some parts of the story to give it a little more depth or build-up of scene/character/emotion.
Overall, I enjoyed reading the book even though this type of story/genre is not my favorite; I never really followed the Princess Diana death or read murder mysteries. That didn’t matter with this book after the first few chapters. I look forward to seeing what the author writes next.
So far the book is good. It does do a good job on keeping you involved in the main characters story and the mystery of the story. The only thing that is not my favorite is the short chapters. Sure one or two short chapters is fine, but most of the book are made up of short chapters.
I do personally enjoy murder mystery or cop fictional stories. The constant theories that you have as to who is the killer or who was involved in the murder are always intriguing to me. I am getting that with this book. I hope to see more work by this author in the future.
This book is incredible, It captivated me from the very start, and kept my attention to the very end. It is definitely a page turner, I couldn’t put it down until I was finished.
Delightfully written with characters who come alive. I was mesmerized with the story, it was entertaining, and easily kept my interest. Overall a fabulous book. Will definitely read more by this author.
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