Linda Joffe Hull

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By Linda Joffe Hull

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The Royal Game

American pop singer Jennie Jensen is ready to marry the love of her life, England’s Prince Hugh, but someone is determined to keep her from becoming a princess—any way they can. To give her fairy tale a happy ending, she’ll have to play the royal game.

Jennie Jensen is touring Europe, already living her dream, when Prince Hugh of Wales—the future King of England—appears at a gig and requests his favorite song. He’s already smitten and soon, so is she. After a secretive, whirlwind romance, Hugh proposes, and when Jennie accepts, her world changes overnight. She’s still learning to navigate the minefield of constant scrutiny, barbed social interactions, and royal protocol (there are rules about pantyhose), as she learns that not everyone in England is excited about the prospect of an American princess.

When Jennie receives a threatening note, she can’t help but see the parallels between herself and another young woman who struggled to adjust to royal life: Hugh’s mother, Princess Penelope, who was killed in a mysterious plane crash. And as the threats to Jennie grow more serious, she digs into Penelope’s past, discovering a woman who also suspected someone in the palace was out to get her. Was Penelope murdered? And is Jennie next? With the eyes of a nation on her as the royal wedding approaches, she’s in a race against time to save her marriage … and her own life.

Both a charming love story and a thrilling mystery, The Royal Game reveals one woman’s determination to find happily ever after—on her own terms.


“With empathy and emotion…Keir reveals the cracks in the princess fantasy, even when one has the perfect prince. Royal romance fans will be hooked.”

—Publishers Weekly

“While the writing duo Linda Keir takes cues from the actual UK royal family, they offer their own fresh, layered, and gripping mystery.”


“A compelling read that’s mysterious, romantic, and perfect for anyone obsessed with the royal family.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who can’t get enough of England’s royal family will enjoy this book; Jennie is a fun character whose Prince Charming loves her.”

—Library Journal

“With delicious, meticulous detail, a heart melter of a love story, and a slow burn of a murder plot – plus a ton of sheer moxie – THE ROYAL GAME made me laugh out loud, cry real tears, and punch the air. It’s a right royal feast and I devoured it.”

Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of Hop Scot.

“High stakes and high royals, a splash of mystery and a dash of romance make  The Royal Game a fun, fast, and highly entertaining read!”

—Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of  The Revenge List

“Filled with romance, mystery, and plenty of royal Easter eggs, The Royal Game sparkles as brightly as the crown jewels. While fans might think they’ve heard Jennie and Hugh’s story before, this palace page-turner will keep readers guessing until the last page.”

Kristin Contino, author of A House Full of Windsor, reporter for Page Six Style

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