In ROYAL PURSUIT (1), Susan Kearney resolves the story of the assassination attempts on the Vashmiran royal family. When an attempt is made on the life of Prince Alexander, ambassador to America, he goes into hiding and hires private investigator Taylor Welles to protect him and help find the culprits. Taylor finds the right disguise for the prince, andposing as husband and wifethe pair is hired as handyman and gardener at the embassy to do their sleuthing. Ms. Kearney's predictable and contrived plot lacks story tension. Taylor is more complex with emotional baggage, but Alex's attempts to be considerate and sympathetic make him rather bland.