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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 109.22 x 175.26 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552093033
  • 9780552093033

Review Text

The debut of Edmund Blackstone of the Bow Street Runners - precursors of Robert Peel's Metropolitan Police - is a most unhistorical trifle whose modest mystery may please those credulous enough to accept the premise that the young Princess Alexandrina Victoria, later to be Queen, was kidnapped as part of a plot to consolidate the power of the head of her household, Sir John Conroy. Don't look for references to the event even in Victoria's private journals; everyone from the Prime Minister down thought secrecy essential on the theory that inability to protect the heir to the throne would undermine England's authority in Europe. Our hero is a 19th-century hardboiled operative - sexy, morose, not above bending the law to achieve a just and profitable result. Assigned to protect the Princess he is charged with assault, shot at and seduced but outwits his adversaries in true style. He even gets the (noble) girl but rejects her because "we have to keep to our own kind." Not an unattractive gewgaw - Mr. Falkirk is Derek Lambert and this is the first of a series. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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36 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 25% (9)
4 31% (11)
3 42% (15)
2 0% (0)
1 3% (1)
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