Book Of The Day – Dance For A Dead Princess

by Ron on January 21, 2015

Today’s Book of the Day is a Literary Fiction novel by Deborah Hawkins and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Dance For A Dead Princess has a 4.6 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“For a first novel, the author bats 1000!” Susan H. – Amazon Reviewer

Dance For A Dead Princess
by Deborah Hawkins
Rating: 4.6 Stars
Genre: Literary Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $2


Finalist Foreword Reviews Book of the Year
Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Award
Honorable Mention, Paris Book Awards

The people Nicholas Carey has loved are all ghosts: his mother, the world-famous concert pianist; his wife, Deborah, the most beautiful woman in England; and Diana, Princess of Wales, his most trusted friend and confident. How many nights has he spent talking to Diana about his marriage, about her marriage, about his guilt over Deborah, and about the impossibility of being in love? Too many to count. He aches to tell Diana how empty his life has become without her and without Deborah, but he can do nothing to bring them back. Yet he can expose Diana’s killer. Taylor Collins, a Wall Street lawyer, has the tape Diana made naming her assassin, and he is determined to get it.

Taylor does not want to spend Christmas at Burnham Abbey overseeing the sale of the Carey’s ancestral home to her client, an American school for girls. Nicholas Carey, the Eighteenth Duke of Burnham, holder of a five-hundred-year-old title, is a spoiled selfish international financier; and Taylor would far rather be in New York, pursuing her high-powered legal career and hoping her fiancé, who left her at the alter months earlier, will return.

But night after night, Taylor hears Nicholas at the piano playing the haunting pavane for all the lost princesses in his life because his broken heart will not let him sleep. By day, she reads the tragic love story of Thomas, the First Duke, knight and liegeman to Henry VIII, who founded the Carey family but who never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife. Just as Taylor realizes Thomas’s unmeasurable capacity to love is hidden beneath Nicholas’s shallow public facade, Lucy, Nicholas’s mysterious ward, turns up dead. Taylor’s heart is stretched to its limits as she searches for the truth about Nicholas and comes face to face with Diana’s assassins.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Another long night, as I stayed up til I finished it in one sitting! The author takes a simple premise and makes a rollicking good story that is equal parts mystery, history and romance! It is one of those books that you don’t want to tell too much, because the mysteries as they are told in the book are so much part of what drives the plot!


The plot provides enough twists and turns to keep you engaged and guessing! I found the characters believable and likable. The author has a great story and tells it very well. The book truly engaged me – I highly recommend it!


Take a riveting blend of contemporary and historical romance add a mystery and a stunning surprise ending and you have all the ingredients for a hard to put down novel.


This isn’t my usual read, but I have to say this was one of the most worthwhile books I’ve read in quite some time, particularly in this genre. The writing is high quality and it keeps the reader interested on multiple levels. I’m so glad I took the time to read it and would highly suggest it to anyone who’s considering it.


Very well written and the story flows smoothly throughout. The book is filled with mystery and suspense and the introduction of the First Duke of Burnham’s diary really completes the overall effectiveness of the story. A wonderful debut novel not to be missed.

Get Dance For A Dead Princess here: Dance For A Dead Princess

About The Author

Deborah grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm.

Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980’s where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story.

Connect with Deborah on Facebook at or at or follow her on Twitter at @DeborahHawk3 or email her at

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