This is a delightful historical romance, although marred by three deaths and one love affair lost. Much of its charm is in the people, although the re-creation of Victorian society, particularly the Marlborough court, is exciting to any true history buff and to many others who will be enchanted by history after reading this. A boy of fifteen years saves the Princess of Wales from a nasty fall by catching the reins of her spooked and rearing horse. He is promoted to personal groom to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, Edward Albert, when His Royal Highness (HRH) brings his favorite hunter along on a visit to the Warwick estates (the Countess of Warwick, Lady Frances Brooke, is the Princes''s royal mistress). This bit of good fortune proves to be the young man''s undoing, for he accidentally witnesses a clandestine, and possibly treasonous, meeting in the stables, while tending to the Prince''s horse. When he is detected, he is hit over the head, presumably by one of the conspirators, and killed. Shortly thereafter, the Countess''s former lover (and a major creditor) is found shot dead in the gardens, while she and the Prince are off on an expedition to photograph a local workhouse charity. Everything points to Daisy, but far too facilely. The Prince commands Sir Charles Sheridan to investigate -- and to keep scandal far from the Royal Person. Sir Charles enlists the help of Kate Ardleigh, and Irish-American author of detective stories, to help him, and the chase is on. This is an excellent mystery, and an even more excellent historical novel, and a very beautiful romance novel, all without intruding on the consciousness of the reader that it is trying to be anything at all except a straight and interesting narrative of a strange time that yet is made to seem familiar, and right, somehow.