Reviewer: Nicola Smith – Short Book and Scribes

Publisher: Zaffre      11th November 2021

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1838774820    PB

After recently reading The Windsor Knot, book one in the “Her Majesty the Queen Investigates” series, I was really keen to read book two, A Three Dog Problem. I enjoyed this second instalment just as much as the first, if not even more.

This time there seems to be more going on with what at first appears to be three separate crimes to keep the Queen and Rozie, her Assistant Personal Secretary and partner in crime-fighting, busy. But as the book progressed it because clear there may be more to each crime than initially met the eye. The story begins with a body being found next to the swimming pool at Buckingham Palace and the Queen realising that one of her paintings that should be in her possession is most definitely not. Add in a spate of poison pen letters and there’s a lot going on.

I loved following the Queen and Rozie once again as they investigated in their usual understated, behind the scenes, fashion. S.J. Bennett writes these tales so engagingly, portraying the Queen’s sharp mind, wit and absolute diplomacy at all times. I must admit to getting a little confused as to who did what and why but there’s no doubt this is a really cleverly plotted story and it’s clear I would not make much of an investigator!

I found the settings absolutely fascinating to read about, with most of the action taking place this time at Buckingham Palace. I learned new information about things that I didn’t even know were there and I really enjoyed the combination of fact and fiction. The author keeps it authentic at all times and the attention to detail makes these books really special.

I enjoyed A Three Dog Problem very much indeed. It’s another charming and original read with a unique investigating protagonist. I’m looking forward to book three now.