King and Joker

King and Joker Princess Louise and her father King Victor II of England agree that life has become painfully dull When she s not in school Louise spends her days roaming the palace and fulfilling her royal duties

  • Title: King and Joker
  • Author: Peter Dickinson
  • ISBN: 9780446403092
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Princess Louise and her father, King Victor II of England, agree that life has become painfully dull When she s not in school, Louise spends her days roaming the palace and fulfilling her royal duties while her father fusses over budgets and attempts to keep his family out of the tabloids So when a prankster begins placing frogs on the breakfast trays, Louise delights inPrincess Louise and her father, King Victor II of England, agree that life has become painfully dull When she s not in school, Louise spends her days roaming the palace and fulfilling her royal duties while her father fusses over budgets and attempts to keep his family out of the tabloids So when a prankster begins placing frogs on the breakfast trays, Louise delights in the break from routine as does King Victor But this innocent mischief soon escalates into bloodshed when a body is found in the palace.In an attempt to quell his family s panic, King Victor resolves to catch the killer At last he has a purpose but the palace may be in greater danger than either he or Louise suspects.

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    1. Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL was a prolific English author and poet, best known for children s books and detective stories.Peter Dickinson lived in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley He wrote than fifty novels for adults and young readers He won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children s Award twice, and his novel The Blue Hawk won The Guardian Award in 1975.

    2. Gosh, what a great book. An Alternate History, in which the line of British royal succession was shuffled. But there is so much more! A delicious range of secrets, some dating back to the Edwardian age, a current crime, interesting murders. And, best of all, a peek into the family life of a British royal family. Peter Dickinson wears many different author hats, which gives him great power and conviction. The SF experience gives him authority with the alternate history; his many mystery novels ma [...]

    3. I love well-written mysteries, Peter Dickinson, and well constructed alternate history, so of course I love this book!

    4. I have only read one of Peter Dickenson’s many detective crime novels (thanks to a recent Nancy Pearl recommendation,) and this novel was as immediately distinctive and engaging.Published in 1976 and set in Buckingham Palace and London of the mid 1970’s, the principal players are not members of the Royal Family as we know them. Rather, the plot involves an alternate Royal Family based on the premise that the Duke of York never reigned as King George V because his brother, Edward Duke of Clar [...]

    5. What do you do if you're an unmarried British royal in a sweet little poly triad in the middle of the last century? King Victor explains how one of his beloveds went about dealing with the need for a wedding. "She had an out-and-out set-to with Churchill about it, because he wanted all the 'Thees' and 'Thous' but Bella insisted on my saying 'you' because that can mean two people as well as one We had a private service, just the three of us, before the service in the Abbey. I wept like a baby."Th [...]

    6. KING & JOKER. (1976). Peter Dickinson. ****.This is an intricately plotted mystery by Dickinson where he created his own royal line in the English Pantheon. The king of the title is King Victor II, who, with his wife, Isabella, Princess of Spain, lives in Buckingham Palace. They have two children, Albert and Louise. Fortunately, Mr. Dickinson provides a family tree at the front of the book to keep us all on track. The Joker…well, the Joker is the person everyone is looking for. Someone, ca [...]

    7. King & Joker is an alternate universe novel, in which Albert Victor (King Edward VII's oldest son) survived to become King Victor I. In the novel, the king is Albert Victor's grandson, Victor II. The novel focuses on his daughter, thirteen-year-old Louise, without being a young adult novel.I enjoyed the polygamory (borderline polygamy, with the wedding ceremony details) and the effect it had on Louise. I also liked all the relationships in the book, Victor and Isabella and Nonny, Durdy and K [...]

    8. BOTTOM LINE: #1 of 2, Princess Louise, Buckingham Palace, London; cosy amateur sleuth, alternate history/monarchy. Charming 13-yo Princess Louise narrates this tale of practical jokes that lead to murder, set in a British Monarchy that never was. Dickinson’s admiration for The Royals shines through, but there are occasional sharp jabs at the real Royals, especially the then young Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Gentle humour, deliciously sly, and a good plot too. Recommended.The plotting is [...]

    9. This books imagines that Prince Eddy, engaged to marry the late Queen Mary of England, never died. In fact, he did, and she married his brother, King George, the parents of the current Queen Elizabeth. (I think) It's a good thing they put a pedigree chart in the front, because I couldn't keep all these imaginary people straight and I had to keep referring back to it. I suppose the main reason for writing it like this is that the writer can imagine his own royal family instead of having to deal w [...]

    10. Here's a different take on royal history, imagining that Prince Albert Victor of Wales did not die of pneumonia in 1892, meaning that it is his line, not that of the man we now know as George V, that makes up Britain's Royal House now.Against that background, we have a rather average detective story and characters of varying interest. Still, despite some rather long passages where nothing much happens, the tale has enough to hold the interest and the ending is quite neat.

    11. As so often happens with Dickinson's mysteries, I didn't find it particularly mysterious -- I figured out all the secrets long before they were overtly revealed.As a girl-coming-of-age story set in an alternate Britain with an entertaining imaginary royal family (which makes this alternate history, but the royal family appears to be the only alternate-ness about it) it was an enjoyable read.

    12. I enjoyed this much more than the Old English Peep Show which I could barely finished. This is an amusing mystery about the British royal family if circumstances were different and Edward VII's oldest son had lived and obtained the throne. We see the family from a more personal perspective and the story revolves around the Princess Louise. It was an entertaining, easy book to read.

    13. Set in an England where Prince Edward Victor did not die and ended up with Queen Mary, the royal family is coping with budgetary problems and a practical joker in the palace whose jokes are becoming more serious. Dickinson has a great handle on all his characters and makes this alternative to history seem real.

    14. This is a weird little book, but in a good way. Very dry, sometimes quite funny, totally British. A fictional, but not improbable Royal Family trying to figure out the source of unpleasant practical jokes in the palace. Some great "flashback"-type narrative sets up the family history.

    15. I enjoyed most of this, but it's a girl's book: sensitive relationships, etc. Not much interesting literature.

    16. An interesting mystery set in a fun alternate-history with a different British royal family, and teenage Princess Louise as the primary viewpoint character.

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