Dynasty of Deceit

Margaret Tudor's Legacy of Secret Love

Romance - Sizzle
291 Pages
Reviewed on 10/31/2016
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Author Biography

Sarah Stuart lives on the edge of a quiet English village where wildlife sightings are common, though becoming less so. Hunting with dogs is now illegal in the UK: it goes on in secret and incidences of this are almost impossible to prove in court. Many of her dogs are, or have been, rescues and only those who enjoy the limelight perform onstage. All her royalties are donated to animal charities worldwide.

Dogs were her opening into show business. During a period when she lived in Wales she supplied them to professional companies using Aberystwyth University’s Arts Centre Theatre during student vacations. Many musicals and plays performed there were on their pre-West End premiere run, which gave her an unrivalled opportunity to talk to directors, choreographers and the many other vital members of the backstage staff, and the performers. These ranged from actors and actresses in their first, or early, roles to worldwide superstars of stage and screen. That experience, and her association with the Northern Ballet, underpins the vivid portrayals of show business triumphs and heartbreak.

Sarah’s hope is that readers will enjoy her novels as an escape from reality, but be left understanding that fame and fortune often comes at a high personal cost. Also, an increased perception of the threat to animals: those shot in the name of sport for trophy heads, endangered species, many poached for their fur and ivory, and tragically discarded pets.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Dynasty of Deceit by Sarah Stuart is a sizzling romance with well-sculpted characters, intense passion, and fast-paced action. It’s the last book in the Royal Command trilogy, a story that will appeal to readers who want their romance punctuated with sex, incest and intrigue, but most importantly, a probe into a family’s dirty linen.

Michael Marsh is a showbiz hotshot who loses his wife in very unusual circumstances. While signing autographs, his wife, Lizzie, is stabbed to death and the killer mysteriously disappears, leaving the media and the police with improbable speculations. No one understands how a murder could occur in such circumstances, but as the investigation sets off, it becomes increasingly certain that someone must have witnessed the murder, perhaps the very person who is the victim. How much does Michael Marsh know? Apart from his shady relationship with eldest daughter Lisette, what else can the media star be hiding?

Sarah Stuart carefully crafts a romance steeped in mystery and a murder investigation, and a family saga, a story that will have readers turning the pages, wondering what surprises this seemingly successful and beautiful family may be keeping in store for them. But what do the secret lovers, “twins” Harriet and Kit, have to do with the investigation, and what could be the key to solving a murder case that has baffled everyone?

Dynasty of Deceit has everything readers would look for in a romance and murder novel — passionate sex, intrigue, dirty secrets, stabbings-in-the-back, and lies. Sarah Stuart’s writing is as sensual and tantalizing as the love scenes she describes, punctuated with beautiful and plot-driven dialogues. But the characters are what will keep readers captivated, and the duplicity and cunning of some of them will make readers think that nothing is ever as it seems.

Faridah Nassozi

Dynasty of Deceit (A Showbiz Family Saga) by Sarah Stuart is the final part of the Marsh family saga and it kicks off with a murder in the family. When pregnant Lisette rushes to her grieving father's side, the media is once again quick to speculate and even go as far as painting her as a jealous lover, making her a suspect in her own mother's death. The family is once again thrown into a media frenzy as accusations of incest are rekindled, questioning the paternity of Lisette's unborn child. While the family grieves for Lizzie, they have an even bigger task of keeping all the media gossip away from Greta, who is still traumatised by the horrors of her kidnapping. Blinded by jealousy and irrational thought, Brian abandons his pregnant wife and goes after Lizzie's killer in the hope of giving some closure to Greta. As past mistakes are repeated, how will the Marsh family survive this round of scandal and even more secrets?

In Dynasty of Deceit, Sarah Stuart gives a fitting conclusion to a captivating family drama. The Marsh family is back and in this third and final part of their story, be ready for more secrets, more drama, and more thrills. Beneath all the scandals and secrets, Sarah Stuart captured a family that genuinely loves and cares for each other. With everything that has happened in the Marsh family, with all the blurred lines in their relationships and all the skeletons in their closets, one would expect the family to have been torn apart a long time ago, but the family holds together in a way that only they can. It has been a thrilling honour to read the Royal Command trilogy and witness an amazing plot come to life.

Shazzie

The Royal Command series has finally ended. I was thrilled to read this last instalment but I also felt a little sad about the end, of what has been, a great family saga.

In Dynasty of Deceit, Sarah Stuart has managed to produce a book of a high standard - both in the writing and the plot. In this last book Stuart presents us with a death and whodunnit - along with the death comes the usual hype but what it does or does not do to a 'close' family has to be read.

How can the family overcome such a loss when they have the press baying for their blood, internal misgivings and a heap load of emotions going on.

Stuart has cleverly weaved a yarn that will attract readers from all genres - murder mystery, romance, suspense, thriller, history ...the list goes on.

I was thrilled when Stuart included the Book of Hours again - the history it evokes and the world at that time is a concept that runs throughout three books. I have come to know - and hate - some remarkable characters that the author has given us throughout this series. A series, alas, that has come to an end. As I closed the final page I sensed that the author had put her heart and soul into this showbiz family saga.

Thank you Sarah Stuart for a thrilling three book journey!

Tryspin

This is the third in a series and I haven't read the first two but this one stands well enough on its own to read as a thrilling romance/suspense/mystery. The story centres on the Marsh family and their show business life. Michael Marsh is a celebrity and the book opens with a cold-blooded murder. The plot unfolds with great pace and intrigue as Marsh family past enemies and past deeds are examined to discover why a family member was murdered and of course who did it. An interesting historical story arc unfolds in the form of a centuries old book The Book of Hours. No spoiler, but it certainly deepens the intrigue around the main story. The characters are emotional, engrossing, believable and fit well into the context and situation. With excellent twists and clever red herrings, this well written book does not disappoint. Highly Recommended.

Amy Jackson

This is the final instalment of the Royal Command Series. It starts with a bang, with Michael signing autographs in a skiing resort, turning to see Lizzie, his wife brutally stabbed to death by a skier who skies off into the distance. Wow, what a start, and that’s just the first couple of pages.
What follows is a story that rattles along at a blistering pace. The book reminded of a Jackie Collins novel, only better. The characters are mainly the same as the first two books, with Lisette, Michael’s daughter, Greta, another daughter all featuring prominently. And Brian, Lisette’s husband, who tries to solve the mystery of Lizzie’s murder.
This book has everything going for it, as this showbiz family is shown at its best and its worst. The author keeps her audience guessing right until the end, and I for one never saw the finale coming. Loved the way Margaret’s Tudor’s Book of Hours intermingled with the story with quotes from that book of the past.
If you liked the first two books, I’m sure you’ll be enthralled by this book too. It’s a worthy end to a great series.

Cat Lover

I have read the previous two books in this series and was intrigued to see what happened next. This was a blockbuster and I remained riveted to my chair, unable to break away from the story unfolding. I will admit I love surprises and I certainly got that in aces. Here the familiar characters are confronted with tragedy and devious intrigue. How will it pan out? Queen Margaret's book of hours has a lot to answer for in evolving the lives of her descendants. The ending was very, very satisfying. Highly recommended.