Dance for a Dead Princess by Deborah Hawkins – Review

Dance For A Dead Princess by [Hawkins, Deborah]

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The people Nicholas Carey has loved are all ghosts: his mother, the world-famous concert pianist; his wife, Deborah, the most beautiful woman in England; and Diana, Princess of Wales, his most trusted friend and confident. How many nights has he spent talking to Diana about his marriage, about her marriage, about his guilt over Deborah, and about the impossibility of being in love? Too many to count. He aches to tell Diana how empty his life has become without her and without Deborah, but he can do nothing to bring them back. Yet he can expose Diana’s killer. Taylor Collins, a Wall Street lawyer, has the tape Diana made naming her assassin, and he is determined to get it.

Taylor does not want to spend Christmas at Burnham Abbey overseeing the sale of the Carey’s ancestral home to her client, an American school for girls. Nicholas Carey, the Eighteenth Duke of Burnham, holder of a five-hundred-year-old title, is a spoiled selfish international financier; and Taylor would far rather be in New York, pursuing her high-powered legal career and hoping her fiancé, who left her at the alter months earlier, will return.

But night after night, Taylor hears Nicholas at the piano playing the haunting pavane for all the lost princesses in his life because his broken heart will not let him sleep. By day, she reads the tragic love story of Thomas, the First Duke, knight and liegeman to Henry VIII, who founded the Carey family but who never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife. Just as Taylor realizes Thomas’s unmeasurable capacity to love is hidden beneath Nicholas’s shallow public facade, Lucy, Nicholas’s mysterious ward, turns up dead. Taylor’s heart is stretched to its limits as she searches for the truth about Nicholas and comes face to face with Diana’s assassins.

About the Author

Deborah Hawkins grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm. She was thrilled when her first published novel, Dance For a Dead Princess, received a favorable Kirkus review at http://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/deborah-hawkins/dance-for-a-dead-princess. Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980’s where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story.

My Review – 

As a book reviewer, I do not always take notice of the book covers as I read on a Kindle. This was one of those books where I read the blurb and decided to read the book and totally skipped the cover. This is unusual because so many times the cover and not the blurb compels me to either pass over the book or read it. Having said that, seeing the cover for the first time after reading the book, I find it represents the story very well.

On the cover, I see a man haunted by the loves of his past and that is what the story is about. I was intrigued by the story as I remember Princess Diana’s death quite vividly. It was one of those things that as the saying goes, “You always remember where you were when you first heard about it.” The story also incorporates a lot of the rumors that have floated around since her death.

I thought the book was well-written with few errors. There were a few parts of the story that I felt flew by a little quickly without being fully explored. Overall, I enjoyed the writing and the story and I would recommend the book.

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