Title: The Windsor Knot by S.J Bennett
Date Published: 22nd October 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, eighty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck.
When the police begin to suspect her loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they are looking in the wrong place.
For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her coronation. Away from the public eye, she has a brilliant knack for solving crimes.
With her household’s happiness on the line, her secret must not get out. Can the Queen and her trusted secretary Rozie catch the killer, without getting caught themselves?
Miss Marple meets The Crown in The Windsor Knot, the first book in the ‘Her Majesty The Queen Investigates’ mystery series by SJ Bennett – for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin.
So I read the Windsor Knot as part of a readalong over on the THE book club over on facebook. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love a cozy mystery and I’m always on the lookout for something a bit different or unusual so when I read the blurb for the Windsor Knot and saw the Queen would be solving mysteries, I thought yes please!
A young Russian musician is found dead in mysterious circumstances at Windsor castle. The authorities suspect some international conspiracy and think that it could be one the Queen’s loyal servants. With the help of her secretary Rozie, it’s up to the Queen to solve the mystery.
The Windsor Knot is a light hearted mystery, not to be taken too seriously!
The story really shows the Queen in a different light, I always thought she was kind of grumpy but the story shows a woman who is under an immense amount of pressure but still has a caring side (I really hope she’s actually like this in real life!).
The standout character for me was her secretary Rozie. A former soldier, she’s strong, independent and smart. She helps the Queen solving the mystery, becoming a confidant of sorts.
It was a solid mystery with a few surprises along the way but I had to keep reminding myself that the sleuth is meant to be the Queen of England, not some Miss Marple like character. Also I didn’t really enjoy the denouncement of the case at the end, it just felt a bit lacklustre.
I’d recommend this if you’re looking for a quick light hearted mystery.
About The Author:
SJ Bennett wrote several award-winning books for teenagers before turning to adult crime stories. 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 on Instagram as @sjbennettbooks, for all things crime and royal.