Reviewer: Nicola Smith – Short Book and Scribes

Publisher: Zaffre   date

ISBN-13:‎ 978-1838774318   PB

 How could I resist a book where the Queen investigates a murder at Windsor Castle? I couldn’t, is the answer.

The Windsor Knot is the first in a series and it’s a genius premise for a book. We all know the Queen is stoical in her duties, fiercely intelligent and utterly diplomatic, so what if she put all the skills she has developed over her many years on the throne to good use investigating crimes within her midst? After hosting a dine and sleep at Windsor Castle a young musician is found dead in his room, a dressing gown cord around his neck. What seems at first like accidental death turns out to be murder. Although Her Majesty cannot exactly go around openly investigating, with the help of her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie, she does some behind the scenes explorations into what might have happened to her guest.

This is such a lovely read. I suppose it might just fall into the cosy crime category, not a genre I tend to go for usually, but the royal slant makes it so intriguing and likeable. The author did a marvellous job portraying the Queen in fiction and I recognised all the traits for which she is most well-known. Her sidekick, Rozie, is fabulous too and quite happy to throw herself into whatever the Queen asks of her.

It’s clear the author is a royalist and knows lots of facts about the Queen, her life, her family and her abodes. It felt very authentic and I never once thought it was far-fetched or unlikely. Who knows what the Queen gets up to in her spare time? I’d love to know what she thinks of this charming series of books! I’m really looking forward to book two now and to following this unlikely crime-fighting duo on their next adventure.