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The Windsor Knot

– tekijä: S. J. Bennett

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This was enough of an interesting idea that I read it in spite of not enjoying murder mysteries. However I did not feel that it was well written. The characters never quite lived up to their hype. The murder investigation was confused. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jun 15, 2021 |
On Her Majesty's REAL Secret Service
Review of the William Morrow paperback edition (March, 2021) of the Bonnier Zaffre hardcover original (October, 2020)

Not as subversive as Alan Bennett's delightful The Uncommon Reader (2007), but just as much fun. S.J. Bennett's (not a relation to Alan as far as I know) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a crime solving monarch who utilizes the services of her Assistant Private Secretaries and various retired Security Guards as her Windsor Castle Irregulars to hunt down clues to solve mysteries.

The added twist is that in order to not show her hand in play she drops hints to the actual authorities in Scotland Yard or MI5 (the latter nicknamed "the Box" by the Palace) to allow them to believe they are the ones actually solving the crime. Bennett places her first Her Majesty novel on the eve of the monarch's 90th birthday in 2016, but allows for prequels by hinting that the Queen's secret crime solving goes back many decades.

Prince Philip gets several cameo appearances playing on his gruff, frank reputation but with a comfortable affection for his life long companion. The rest of the royal family are off the page for the most part, and there is only a brief swipe at Sarah Ferguson. The future problems of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are as yet an unknown on the horizon.

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Her Majesty will return in A Three Dog Problem (expected publication November, 2021). The title is a nod to Sherlock Holmes in The Red-Headed League - a Sherlock Holmes Short Story (1891) where Holmes remarks to Watson that:“It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes.”The reference was later borrowed by Julian Symons for the title of his A Three-Pipe Problem (1975). ( )
  alanteder | May 30, 2021 |
This was a good book. Too many characters and names to keep track of led it to fall short of being great for me.

The premise of the book is one I really was drawn to. It's 2016 and the palace is gearing up to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, but she has more important and interesting things to do...namely solve the mystery surrounding the murder of a Russian artist at Windsor Castle.

Given the news swirling around the royal family recently, this felt very timely. The Queen needs to figure out who amongst her staff she can trust to help her. She has to navigate some secret channels to do the things she wants to.

I'm very appreciative to the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  julesbailey9 | Mar 18, 2021 |
Meet the Queen of England, amateur detective, or “Miss Marple with a Crown” as the Daily Mail said. The first in a series of what I would call a “cozy castle mystery.” Cozy mysteries are not my cup of tea in mystery books, but despite no depth in character development it was still an engaging story as the Queen unravels the mysterious death of a visiting Russian dancer. I am giving it 4 stars for cozy mystery lovers, 3 stars for the rest of us. ( )
  brangwinn | Mar 9, 2021 |
Queen Elizabeth, detective extraordinaire!

I had my doubts. I was sceptical. I wondered if the concept could ever get off the ground—HRH as a detective. Doubt no more, this idea was brilliantly orchestrated by Bennett.
Along the way one glimpses the intelligent compassion and understanding, the earthiness that has made Queen Elizabeth shine throughout her reign. Bennett has judged things to a nicety.
When a young Russian piano player is found dead in a guest room at Windsor, the head of the Queen’s Intelligence Service hares off in the wrong direction. It’s up to HRH to nudge him in the right direction after she’s co-opted the help of her private secretary’s (Sir Simon Holcroft) new assistant, Rozie Oshodi.
Humor, thoughtfulness, compassion and reality bump along together together to bring the mystery around to its conclusion with only a select few people knowing who’s putting two and two together and channeling the end game. I do like the portrayal of the relationship between the Queen and Prince Philip, BTW. The occasional references to knowledge acquired from her grandson’s is a hoot.
I went from suspended belief to relishing this really enjoyable mystery.
I wouldn’t know if Bennett has all her ducks in row about the inner workings of the Queen’s various households. It certainly appears that she’s a Royal watcher given the detail. I’m buying it all!
Clever dialogue, and a wonderful freshness makes this a delightful and intelligently written work.

A William Morrow and Custom House ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Mar 6, 2021 |
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