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The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders

London 1888: George 'Zulu' Hart is the mixed-race illegitimate son of a Dublin actress and (he suspects) the Duke of Cambridge, commander-in-chief of the army. George has fought his way through wars in Africa and Afghanistan, won the VC and married his sweetheart, but he's also a gambler, short of money and in no position to turn down the job of 'minder' to Prince Albert Victor, second in line to the throne.

George is to befriend the charming young cavalry officer and keep him out of trouble - no easy task, given that the Prince is a known target for Irish nationalist assassins, while his secret sexual orientation leaves him open to blackmail and scandal.

To make matters worse, the Prince is also in the habit of heading out late at night to sample the dubious pleasures of the East End.
Both outsiders in their different ways, perhaps the two men have more in common than they know, but when a series of horrible murders begins in Whitechapel, on just the nights the Prince has been there, George is drawn into an investigation which forces him to confront the unthinkable...

A brilliant standalone adventure based on detailed research, this is a thrilling novel of suspense and a fascinating new twist on the Jack the Ripper story.

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Reviews of The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders

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The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders by Saul David The Prince and the Whitechapel Murders is the third outing of the Victorian soldier George Hart, the fictional creation of the military historian Saul David. In this story, the part-Zulu warrior has a mission: he must befriend and mentor Queen Victoria’s grandson, Albert Victor, known as Eddy. Eddy’s habit of frequenting male brothels is a potential embarrassment. But Hart’s mission becomes more serious when evidence emerges linking Eddy to the brutal murders of prostitutes in the East End of London. Could Eddy really be Jack the Ripper? This entertaining tale takes us deep into the seamy side of Victorian London.

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Antonia Senior, The Times

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Leading military historian Saul David has written two previous novels about the resourceful Major Hart... This third excursion takes him no further than London's East End, but obliges him to confront dangers just as life threatening as those faced on far-flung battlefields. The theory of possible royal involvement in the Ripper murders... is not a new one, but Saul David cunningly weaves history and fiction to breathe new life into old ideas about the killings. The result is an exciting and entertaining adventure story.

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Nick Rennison, BBC History Magazine, April 2018

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Before you think, not another Jack the Ripper re-run, think again about the author of this brilliant and immaculately researched standalone – a novel full of suspense which offers a new and fascinating twist to the story.

Saul David is one of the best of modern historians – his non-fiction work has centred on the Army and varies from the Indian Mutiny to Churchill’s sacrifice of the Highland Division which made the Dunkirk evacuations possible – who has discovered through Hart, a proper boy’s own hero, a real talent for story-telling.

This entertaining story which takes the reader deep into the seamy side of Victorian London features almost entirely real figures from the period. All are endowed with motives, intent and dialogue that may be entirely fictitious, but which are nevertheless convincing and the twisted plot moves along at almost breakneck pace.

Hart joins forces with CID Sergeant Fletcher in a covert investigation as it appears the police are choosing not to follow certain leads and looking for an easy conclusion to what is becoming a cause celebre.

There has been almost endless speculation on this particularly nasty period of Victorian history and it has not diminished over time. David adds his own theories, as well-reasoned and believable as any others, to what is a compelling narrative and which provides an entertaining historical read with plenty of suspense and tension.

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