The Royal Secret

The Royal Secret

“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).

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    The Royal Secret Reviews

  • Paromjit

    I found this espionage mystery by Lucinda Riley a bit a mixed bag of an uneven read. At the grand old age of 95, Sir James Harrison, a celebrated actor, dies leaving behind a heartbroken family, none ...

  • Pauline

    The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley was a story of a secret so important that it had to stay out of the public eye at all costs. An historical novel that had it all, action, adventure, romance and danger...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comThe Love Letter is the latest historical crossed with romance and thriller elements from saga queen Lucinda Riley. Originally published in 1998, as Seeing Double,...

  • Erin

    Originally published as The Love Letter this was just a good mystery mixed with some royal family intrigue that kept me captivated. Although a little too long, this had the makings of a good limited ...

  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach

    This was my first Lucinda Riley book, and I really enjoyed it. You definitely have to take into account that it was written over 20 years ago and rereleased. It could have used some editing (it didn't...

  • Suzy

    2 stars! ⭐️⭐️Sigh. This is going to be brief. I absolutely adore Riley’s Seven Sisters series. So, when I saw The Royal Secret on NetGalley, I really wanted to read it. The premise was great...

  • Amanda

    Joanna Haslam a reporter goes to legendary actor Sir James Harrison’s funeral where she meets an old lady called Rose who she helps home when she becomes ill at the funeral. When Joanna receives a l...

  • Amy Bruno

    I've been wanting to read Lucinda Riley for a while now after seeing my blogger friends praise her Seven Sisters series, and I am so glad that I took the plunge. Lucinda is magician with words!Joanna ...

  • Liz Barnsley

    A proper tome of a thriller that was highly engaging from start to finish, peppered with brilliantly formed characters and a highly intriguing central theme. I read with interest how this book was due...

  • Jeanette Lewis

    France 1995 a newspaper front page, reporting the death of an aged famous English actor, Sir James Harrison is being read by another aged person with past connections to the actor. So the unravelling ...