That’s the subtext of the storyline of the novel set in 2005. The heroine, the granddaughter of a man close to an inner circle of the British government, finds herself in possession of an Ian Flemming’s manuscript that many people are “dying” to get their hands on. The premise loosely tries to thread together several of the British monarchy’s skeletons including the death of Princess Diana and the abdication of the throne by the Duke of Windsor. Author Mitch Silver provides some interesting theories in this novel, In Secret Service and differentiates between fact, fiction, and supposition in the Athor’s Note.
This was an Okay novel and I found myself becoming more interested in what parts were true. It was almost as if the book did not need the “thriller” parts set in the current day and most certainly did not need to open with the death of Princess Diana. That part seemed to be stuck in for shock and in poor taste.