Book Review: The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett (2020)

The Windsor Knot is a mystery novel that follows Her Majesty the Queen, who finds herself investigating a murder that takes place on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The story begins with the Queen attending a meeting with her advisers, where she expresses her interest in solving a murder mystery. Soon after, a young Russian pianist named Ivan is found dead on the castle grounds, and the Queen decides to take matters into her own hands and investigate the case.

The investigation leads the Queen and her assistant, private secretary Rozie Oshodi, to a number of suspects, including members of the royal staff and even some of the Queen’s own family members. As they delve deeper into the case, they discover a web of secrets and scandals, and the Queen is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about the people around her.

Throughout the novel, we see the Queen as a sharp and determined detective, who is not afraid to break with tradition in order to solve the case. We also get a glimpse into her personal life and her relationships with her family and staff.

As the investigation progresses, the tension builds, and the reader is kept guessing until the very end. Ultimately, the Queen and Rozie are able to unravel the mystery and bring the killer to justice, but not before some surprising revelations come to light.

The Windsor Knot is a captivating and entertaining mystery novel that offers a fresh and unique perspective on the British monarchy. SJ Bennett has crafted a clever and well-written story that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.

The novel is particularly impressive in its portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II as a detective. Bennett’s portrayal of the Queen is respectful and nuanced, highlighting her intelligence, intuition, and determination. Through her investigation, we get a glimpse of the Queen’s personal life and relationships, adding an extra layer of depth to her character.

The supporting characters in the novel are also well-drawn and interesting, particularly Rozie Oshodi, the Queen’s assistant, who serves as a kind of Watson to the Queen’s Holmes. The relationships between the characters are complex and layered, and the novel is successful in its exploration of the tensions and intrigues that exist within the royal household.

The mystery at the heart of the novel is well-constructed, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The solution is satisfying and makes sense in the context of the story, without feeling too contrived or predictable.

The Windsor Knot is an enjoyable and engaging novel that will appeal to fans of both mystery and royalty. SJ Bennett has succeeded in crafting a unique and entertaining story that is sure to delight readers. You can get a copy of this cozy mystery from Amazon here.


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