The Royal Secret

The Royal Secret

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First Atria Books hardcover edition.
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"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.

Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title The Love Letter.

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 ).
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781982121273
1982121270
Branch Call Number: FIC Riley
Characteristics: x, 494 pages
Additional Contributors: Riley, Lucinda Seeing double.

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Bookworm2228
Aug 15, 2019

3 1/2-4 star read. I like Riley's books and this was a re-issue from her early years. When a revered stage and screen actor, Sir James Harrison, dies, he left behind a shocking secret. And this secret happens to be close to the Royal family, so the threat of it becoming public leads to people dying in mysterious ways. Joanna Haslam is a reporter and is assigned to cover the funeral. She sits next to an old lady, who has a bad turn, and in helping her, Joanna discovers that this woman has a secret connected to the dead actor. And once Joanna starts digging into the secret, she is threatened and people around her start having terminal accidents. This was an overlong book but not a bad little read, though it didn't come up to her later books, in my humble opinion. Not a bad little beach or plane read.

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fantasyqueen
Aug 09, 2019

No stars. This book is the same story as a book entitled The Love Letter also by Ms Riley. Way strange

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djburns
Jul 27, 2019

As badly written and uninteresting a book as I've ever read. I'm only surprised it didn't start "Twas a dark and stormy night'.
(When I say 'read' I meant skipped thru after trying the first few pages.)

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kitty_62
Feb 06, 2019

I read THE LOVE LETTER as it is known in Canada. The book is everything and more if you love suspense, twists, surprises etc. It will leave you breathtaking and wanting to read more of Lucinda Riley and her escapades!!!!!!!!!!!!

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