The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett
3 1/2 out of 5 Magical Coffee Cups
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.
I should have read some of the reviews before jumping into this one. I also should have looked over the publisher’s summary because, honestly, I expected a story of the queen running around solving mysteries. I thought she would be sneaking out of large parties to go sleuthing. I wanted to see her pull a lock-picking kit from those little handbags she always has. I wanted her to have a full-on secret life. It was more of her sending her employees out to find information.
I also struggled with this a little because I don’t know enough about the royal family. Names and titles were tossed about like I should know exactly who everyone was, and I just didn’t.
Even though this wasn’t exactly what I expected, I still enjoyed the story. I liked hearing about the queen as well. I plan on reading the next in this series. I’ll know what I’m getting into next time.
Thank you libro.fm for the ALC