This is a fun cozy mystery. Who would have thought the Queen would be such a good amateur sleuth. I appreciate how the Queen had to arrange an investigation into the murder without offending the prime investigator who was on a very wrong trajectory. I love how the official investigator, as well as many others, totally underestimated the Queen's ability and how she used that to her advantage.
While the murder plot is good but quite complex, I think the strength of this novel is the detail Bennett gives readers regarding the every day events of the royal household. I appreciated the many activities Bennett describes, such as the Queen checking her nostrils for nose hairs.
I enjoyed this entertaining novel. While I feel the resolution of the murder was quite complex and was resolved with information we readers didn't know in a timely manner, the details included in this book were so interesting I'll be looking for the next in the series.
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My rating: 4/5 stars.
S J Bennett has a PhD in Italian Literature from the University of Cambridge and was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co before becoming a professional writer. She has published ten books for teenagers, winning the Times/Chicken House Competition for Threads in 2009 and the Romantic Novel of the Year award for Love Song in 2017. She lives in London and has been a royal watcher for years. You can find out more at https://www.sjbennettbooks.com/. Photo credit: K T Bruce.
William Morrow, 288 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)