Clarke describes Imperial Russia vividly and delves into the money trail meticulously.
The first part of this book is the most interesting. Certain images stayed in my mind: beautiful Meriel Buchanan's Russian admirer visitin>g her in a panic after the Revolution, the Tsar's daughters enjoying their first dances and balls, and the final terrible journey and end of the Royal family. (NB)
Reading how Clarke traced the money of the Romanovs is like reading a detective story, but it becomes a little dry and complicated at times. He does dispel long-held myths about Queen Mary and money and jewels spirited away during the First World War.
This is a book well-worth reading if you enjoy reading about the Romanovs.
NB: Meriel Buchanan was the British Ambassador's daughter.
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