Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title The Love Letter.
“Plenty of twists, flashbacks, and a dash of romance keep the suspense high. For anyone looking for a dose of palace intrigue or upper-crust scandal, Riley’s latest novel delivers on both counts.” —Booklist
“Chock full of shocking...this gripping novel is sure to keep Riley’s fans and new readers alike turning pages.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fans of mystery, royal family intrigue, and even romance will enjoy this novel.” —Columbia Missourian
In this suspenseful and heart-pounding novel from New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, an ambitious young journalist unravels a dangerous mystery that threatens to devastate the British monarchy.
Keeping secrets is a dangerous game.
When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five, he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, it could rock the English establishment to its core.
Joanna Haslam, an up-and-coming reporter, is assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral, attended by glitzy celebrities of every background. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind—the contents of which many have been desperate to keep concealed for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that she’s close to uncovering something deadly serious—and the royal family may be implicated. Before long, someone is on her tracks, attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they’ll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.
Full of salacious scandal, shocking twists, and captivating romance, and written in Lucinda Riley’s signature “vividly drawn and lushly atmospheric” (RT Book Reviews) prose, The Royal Secret is “a full-throttle escapist adventure” (Lancashire Evening Post).
A fledgling reporter covering the funeral of famous Irish actor Sir James Harrison finds herself chasing the story of a lifetime a story that many in power would kill to keep quiet in this compulsively readable but overlong romantic thriller from bestseller Riley (The Seven Sisters), originally published in 1997 as Seeing Double. Joanna Haslam is recently heartbroken and miserably covering celebrity gossip for the Morning Mail when a mysterious old lady at Sir James's funeral puts her on the trail of what she at first assumes to be a sex scandal from the past. But when the old lady dies and her body goes missing, and Joanna's own apartment is ransacked, she realizes she's on to something big enough to be of grave concern to the British monarchy. Her investigation creates a rift with her lifelong best friend, Simon, and pulls her into the orbit of Sir James's adult grandchildren: Zoe, a single mother guarding a scandalous secret of her own, and Marcus, a womanizer with a heart of gold whose charm Joanna futilely tries to resist. Chock full of shocking, if sometimes unbelievable, twists, this gripping novel is sure to keep Riley's fans and new readers alike turning the pages.