The Romanov Conspiracy

A Thriller

The Romanov Conspiracy

Since July 1918, no one has been able to solve the mysterious disappearance of Princess Anastasia—until Dr. Laura Pavlov uncovers some haunting clues in this thriller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of The Second Messiah.


DR. LAURA PAVLOV, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas. Digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterin­burg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine shaft.

The remains offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs, and in particular their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been in question. Pavlov’s discovery sets her on an unlikely journey to Ireland, where a carefully hidden account of a years-old covert mis­sion is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past—into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies.

Drawn from historical fact, The Romanov Conspiracy is a page-turning story of love and friendship tested by war, and a desperate battle between revenge and redemption, set against one of the most bloody and brutal revolu­tions in world history.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 544 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451669459 | 
  • June 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Romanov Conspiracy includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Glenn Meade. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


While on an archeological dig in the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterinburg, Dr. Laura Pavlov discovers two perfectly preserved bodies in a mineshaft near where the Tsar Nicholas and his family were brutally murdered in 1918. Dr. Pavlov’s discovery leads her on a journey across Europe to a small Irish town where she is told a story about a plan to rescue the Romanov family from execution—a story that crosses borders, languages, and centuries, and one that threatens to forever change the course of history. Alternating between a present-day Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution, The Romanov Conspiracy chronicles the mysterious circumstances surrounding the fate of the Romanov family—especially the spirited daughter Princess Anastasia.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. “I believe that the greatest secrets lie buried and only the dead speak the truth.” (MS-pg. 8) In what ways does this quote set the tone for the see more

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About the Author

Glenn Meade
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Glenn Meade

Glenn Meade was born in 1957 in Finglas, Dublin. Several of his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into more than twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.