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Welcome Mary!!

I’m sometimes asked what is the appeal of princesses? Why write novels based on the royal family of Queen Victoria? First reason, I love writing historical fantasies. That’s a blend of real history with exciting imaginary scenes. That particular mix of fact and fiction gives me a chance to dive into the past and learn about people of the times and how they lived. In preparing to write The Shadow Princess, I already knew that I would choose one of Queen Victoria’s five daughters for my heroine. I’d written about two of them in earlier books—Princesses Louise and Beatrice. And now I wanted to focus on Crown Princess Vicky, the eldest of all Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s children.

Vicki was particularly interesting to me because her life had been turned upside down in such a dramatic way. She was educated by her father to prepare her for marrying a European royal who would someday rule over his own country. Vicky had watched her mother rule England, and she looked forward to being a queen herself. When she married the man whose father was the Emperor of Germany, it seemed that the family’s plans had worked out perfectly. She was not only a queen, she was Empress of Germany and Prussia! However, just three months after her husband Fritz took assumed the throne, he died of cancer. Because women could not rule in Germany, except through their husbands, the crown went to Vicky’s eldest (and, unfortunately, insane) son. One can only imagine the turmoil and grief in her life that year of 1888.

Thus, the real drama in this woman’s life gave the novelist in me something to work with. But I wanted to give Vicky away out of her sadness, so that she wouldn’t become like her mother who spent decades after Albert’s death in deep mourning. A way to come back to life and realize that she still had something to give the world. But how to do that?

Well, I discovered through further reading that during this same year in which she’d lost her husband, Jack the Ripper was killing prostitutes in London. The city was terrorized. One might think this would have little impact on the royal family, since Buckingham Palace is a world away from the grim streets of Whitechapel where the Ripper slashed away. However, the Metropolitan Police thought differently. At the top of their list of suspects was a rash young man—who happened to be Vicky’s nephew and Queen Victoria’s grandson. Even if the prince wasn’t the killer, the scandal that might result from these suspicions was dangerous to the monarchy.

You see, at this time in the 19th century, the rulers of other countries, notably France and Russia, had been put to death and their monarchies abolished during violent uprisings in their countries. The same thing could very well happen in England. And so it was critical that the family’s name be cleared before the populace took to the streets in revolt. All of these elements gave me a wonderful opportunity for mixing fantasy with history. The idea of giving Vicky a role in clearing her family’s name and helping to hunt down Jack the Ripper, with the assistance of a dashing young detective inspector from Whitechapel, was definitely appealing to me.

So that’s the story behind the story. If you get a chance to read The Shadow Princess, or the stories of her sisters’ adventures, I hope you’ll let me know what you think of them!  

Happy Reading!  Mary Hart Perry

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Again, congratulations on “The Shadow Princess”!!




The Shadow Princess, by Mary Hart Perry


                                             Available February 2014

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626812535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626812536



To catch one of history’s most notorious killers, a princess risks losing her family, her life—and her heart…
London, 1888: A year after Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee terror mounts in the city’s slums.  A killer has butchered two prostitutes, the crimes brutal even by London’s hardened standards.  Rumors of the murders reach Princess Vicky, daughter of Queen Victoria and grieving widow of the German Emperor Frederick III.  When her niece Princess Maud visits, she brings with her even worse news–the Metropolitan Police have a suspect. It’s Vicky’s nephew, Crown Prince Eddy. Desperate to clear her family’s name, Vicky rushes back to England.
Detective Inspector Thomas Edmondson believes there is a royal cover-up behind the killings. He will stop at nothing to expose the truth and bring a murderer to justice before he can kill again.  But when Vicky joins him in searching for the man who will become known as Jack the Ripper, neither of them foresee the overpowering attraction that will draw together the royal and the commoner—or the danger their love puts them in.


Read the first two books in the series The Wild Princess and Seducing the Princess.

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Mary Hart Perry lives in Washington DC with her husband and two feline writing partners, Tempest and Miranda. Author of over 40 novels, she’s written under her own and a variety of pen names that include Kathryn Johnson, Kathryn Jensen, KM Kimball and Nicole Davidson. She teaches fiction-writing workshops for the renowned Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2008, she founded Write by You, to coach other writers interested in reaching publication. She has been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christy Award, and won the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller’s Best Awards (sponsored by the Romance Writers of America) in 2011.











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