5.17.2021

finished reading

Let me start by saying I am a fan of the Royal Family.  I love all things Royal.  So this mystery solved by The Queen had me fangirling.  This cozy mystery, set in 2016, takes place in the inner sanctum of Windsor Castle and is an affectionate peek behind the royal curtain.  I want to believe the Queen is as she is portrayed here: no-nonsense, slightly mischievous, and quick-witted.  I liked her capable Assistant Private Secretary,  Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian--a force to reckon with in her own right.  I look forward to more installments!

From the publisher:
It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted when a guest is found dead in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene suggests the young Russian pianist strangled himself, but a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play was involved. The Queen leaves the investigation to the professionals—until their suspicions point them in the wrong direction.

Unhappy at the mishandling of the case and concerned for her staff’s morale, the monarch decides to discreetly take matters into her own hands. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian and recent officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen secretly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth will use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.

SJ Bennett captures Queen Elizabeth’s voice with skill, nuance, wit, and genuine charm in this imaginative and engaging mystery that portrays Her Majesty as she’s rarely seen: kind yet worldly, decisive, shrewd, and most importantly a great judge of character.

1 comment:

  1. Just reading this made me smile. Adding to my TBR.

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