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The Wayward Prince by Leonard Goldberg
Narrator: Steve West
Series: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #7
Published by MacMillan on July 11, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Length: 9 hours, 22 minutes
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During the height of the Great War, playboy Prince Harry, the third in line to the British throne, vanishes in thin air while horseback riding in Hyde Park The strikingly handsome playboy prince is initially believed to have arranged his disappearance so he can enjoy a brief rendezvous with one of his secret lovers. But when his absence continues on for days, the royal family grows concerned and summons Scotland Yard, who can only recover scant, unrevealing clues.
The concern deepens when MI5 decodes a recent message from German spies in London which speaks of a captured asset that will bring great embarrassment to the Crown. There is a strong belief within the Intelligence agency that plans are underway to transport the captive prince to Berlin without delay. Despite an intensive search, no trace of the royal can be detected.
With Scotland Yard and MI5 baffled, Joanna and the Watsons are called in, and they soon find themselves entangled in a web of abortion, murder, treason, and spies, all of which is seemingly being orchestrated by an arch-enemy of the long-dead Sherlock Holmes. In their race to rescue Prince Harry, it becomes clear that the mastermind behind the maze of crimes has a singular motive in mind. He desires overdue revenge in the form of Joanna’s death.
I have always loved Sherlock Holmes and The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries series lets me bask in that enjoyment. I really enjoy all the snart investigations and the setting in England. Plus the series is narrated by STEVE WEST.
The excitement begins with the abduction of Prince Harry. Then we have the backstreet abortions. The German spies are linked into the fray. But the puppet master pulling the strings is Colonel Moriarty who wants to get rid of Joanna in the same way her father got rid of his brother. There are plenty of villains and crimes all around.
Joanna uses her many talents to track down the German to try to locate the Prince and save the treasure of the ransom. The Irregulars provide an assist. Other cases and characters from them weave into the story. She cleverly avoids death and lose of the treasure. But they do not locate the Prince.
Another exchange is set up with a final battle between Joanna and Moriarty. She has prepared smartly, as usual. She is determined to see it through to protect her son’s future.
You will need to read yourself for all the clever deductions and battles. I really enjoy these characters, their friends and allies, and their adventures.
The narrator is my absolute favorite – STEVE WEST!!!!!! Definitely, his narration enhanced my enjoyment, and I often chose audiobooks because he is the narrator. The tones of both male and female characters were appropriate, as well as the various European accents. I happily listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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