Monday, June 28, 2021

A Summertime Read: The Windsor Knot

"Reading mysteries: the recreation of intelligent minds."

I just finished reading this book and loved it. If you like mystery novels and if you are a fan of all things royal and queenly, you must add this to your summertime reading list.

Newly published, The Windsor Knot is a first-rate murder mystery by SJ Bennett. It's her first in hopefully a continuing series that features none other than Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who secretly solves crimes whilst carrying out her Royal duties. It's not that the Queen herself does any detective work, but she notices things that often go undetected and where she can, she alerts certain individuals who might be able pursue discrete inquiries. I am amazed at how the author has made it all quite believable which, to me, indicates her masterly skill as a writer.

As one reviewer so aptly points out, "If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple, . . . the result would probably be something like this charming whodunit."  I have to agree - this book was a lot of fun to read. Here's an excerpt from the opening paragraph:
"It was an almost perfect spring day. The air was crisp and clear, the cornflower sky slashed with contrails. Ahead of her, above the tree line of Home Park, Windsor Castle glowed silver in the morning light. The Queen brought her pony to a standstill to admire the view. There is nothing as good for the soul as a sunny morning in the English countryside. After eighty-nine years, she still marveled at God's work. Or evolution's, to be strictly accurate. But on a day like this, it was God who came to mind."

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Wishing you a beautiful week ahead.


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  1. Goodness! I cant quite imagine our Queen doing a bit of detective work!

  2. I haven't read this author! I'll look for this book. Thanks!

  3. So excited to see a new mystery series--just the kind I like! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. That sounds like a fun summer read. I'll have to see if my library carries the e-book.

  5. As I mentioned on FB, I recently read this and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I think it's good characterization of the Queen that she sets things into motion and plants ideas, but takes no credit for the solution.

  6. Thank you for the book review! I have never been a mystery fan, but I do think this one would be very appealing. I'm going to look for it!

  7. Oh fun! I'm definitely putting this book on my summer reading list!

  8. The Queen as a detective! What a "novel" idea! 😊 Happy Tuesday, Brenda!

  9. Brenda this sounds like a lovely novel. Thank you for sharing your critique. Hope you are having a lovely start to July. Hugs!


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