What if dissolute Prince Eddy, heir to the British throne, didn’t really die of undisclosed causes in 1892, but was shunted off for his profligate ways and general unsuitability to Glamis Castle in Scotland, where he’s been under a genteel form of house arrest for a good ten years under the watchful eyes of Hilda, a housemaid, and her daughter Fiona, who know him only as Lord Osborne? What if the Germans got wind of his whereabouts and sent in a spy to abduct him and embarrass the British royals with his reappearance? And what if Prince Eddy, who has recurring fantasies about being Bonnie Prince Charlie and escaping to the island of Skye, goes missing at the same time Hilda has her throat slashed? An agitated Edward VII will send along a Coldstream Guards regiment and Brigadier Charles Sheridan (Death at Dartmoor, 2002, etc.) to recapture the Prince, and Sheridan will take fingerprints, scrounge for clues, and one-up the local constable while his wife Kate, searching for a plot for her latest gothic novel as Beryl Bardwell, will reconnoiter the castle’s haunted corridors. One or the other of them will solve two more murders, confront an old foe, find and protect Prince Eddy, and carefully construct yet another spurious death scenario to keep him safe and the monarchy’s revamped line of succession intact.
Gypsy prophecies, singalongs at the pub, a possible ghost or two: There’s something for everyone. And if you don’t fall in love with Glamis Castle, you haven’t a wee dram o’ romance in your soul.