The Book Junkie

Told by several narrators, Stephanie Barron's "A Flaw in the Blood" tells a story of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, German count Wolfgang von Stuhlen, Irish Barrister Patrick Fitzgerald, and English doctor Georgiana Armistead. The story begins as Prince Albert is dying, and the Queen calls for Fitzgerald, who previously defended the man accused of attempting to assassinate her. But what does she really want with Fitzgerald--and what is she hiding? How did Albert really die? To keep these secrets concealed, Victoria sends von Stuhlen on a cross-continent hunt for Fitzgerald and Armistead (who is Fitzgerald's ward). As it turns out, it is meeting with Victoria and Albert's youngest son, Leo, that finally reveals the truth to the questing heroes. In the end, though, we learn that only the Queen knows the whole story, and she will take her secrets to the grave.

"A Flaw in the Blood" was a fun read. The story is well written and kept me entertained for several days. It started off slow, but as it picked up pace and I sorted out who was telling which parts of the story, it kept the pages turning. Since the narrator switches frequently, I had to keep up with who was who, but it got easier as the book progressed. I was intrigued by the revelations about Victoria, Albert, and their family. It's fun to speculate on what might be true. 

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