April 2, 2021
Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Cozy Mystery, Royal Family, British
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“Her Majesty the Queen Investigates…”
The Windsor Knot is the first book in a cozy crime series in which Queen Elizabeth secretly solves crimes. In this story, a young Russian pianist appears to have committed suicide during a “dine and sleep” event at Windsor Castle. MI5 suspects foul play. Frustrated with their investigation, Queen Elizabeth with the help of her competent British Nigerian assistant private secretary begins to make discrete inquiries. The Queen is an excellent observer, an insightful problem solver, and a good judge of character. Soon, she has gathered critical information to tip off one of the investigators. No one suspects that it’s actually the Queen herself who has found the critical evidence and solved the mystery.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (Image Source: Wikipedia)
I appreciate The Windsor Knot for providing a witty and perfect palate cleanser in between my recent stack of complex and dense historical fiction. I can also imagine that Queen Elizabeth herself might find this a charming read!
What I loved:
- smart writing and unique premise
- a (mostly) cozy mystery and a light, entertaining read
- highly imaginative
- the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth as no-nonsense, clever, secretive, and quick-witted
- quick and easy reading…great choice for a vacation or weekend read
Recommended: I’m certainly recommending The Windsor Knot for fans of cozy mystery; for those looking for a unique, light, and imaginative read; for readers who love the Royal Family; and for book clubs.
Content Consideration: reference to a suspected suicide by hanging.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Author, S.J. Bennett
SJ Bennett wrote several award-winning books for teenagers before turning to adult crime novels. She lives in London and has been a royal watcher for years, but is keen to stress that these are works of fiction: the Queen, to the best of her knowledge, does not secretly solve crimes.
You can find her at http://www.sjbennettbooks.com, on Twitter as @sophiabennett and on Instagram as @sophiabennett_writer.
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