Lady Wellie has received an anonymous note remarking that young Prince Albert Edward (aka Eddy) has been near most of the scenes where and when the murders occurred. Lady Wellie is worried… could Eddy be involved? This would bring down the Monarchy and lead to anarchy for her beloved England. In the meantime, Eddy is on the verge of another scandal – he has given a recognizable jewel to Madame Aurore, the owner of a high class pleasure club called the Club de l’Étoile. If the jewel is sold, or used for blackmail, it will come out that Eddy has behaved badly and his public image, and hopes for a particular marriage, will be ruined. Lady Wellie has told Veronica and Stoker about the second problem, but is hesitant to mention the first. Before she can, she suffers a stroke.
Veronica is reluctant to help the Royal Family, and readers of the series will know why. But then Stoker and Veronica come across the anonymous notes suggesting Eddy’s role in the Whitechapel murders and Veronica knows they must act:
“We have had riots this year. Can you imagine how much worse they would be if people believed even the merest possibility that a senior member of the royal family were involved in these crimes?” “Anarchy,” Stoker said succinctly.
And so, Veronica and Stoker go undercover at the the Club de l’Étoile hoping to retrieve the jewel bestowed on Madame Aurore by Eddy and then clear Eddy’s name in relation to the Whitechapel murders. Once again, the game is afoot!
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