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.
About the Author
Sarah Stuart lives on the edge of a quiet English village where wildlife sightings are common, though becoming less so. Many of her dogs are, or have been, rescues and only those who enjoy the limelight perform onstage. Dogs were Sarah's 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. The Royal Command series, her debut into full-length fiction, has been well received. Book One, Dangerous Liaisons, made Sarah an award-winning novelist with a Bronze Medal in the Readers' Favorite Contest 2016, whilst Book Two, Illicit Passion, was a Finalist. Dynasty of Deceit was rated 5 stars by Readers' Favorite pre-publication. 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. Sarah appreciates reviews very much. Readers have already helped endangered species and discarded pets worldwide: she donates 100% of her royalties to help and reviews encourage others to buy and review for this globally worthwhile cause.