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  • The Windsor Knot

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  • Written by: SJ Bennett
  • Narrated by: Jane Copland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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The Windsor Knot

Written by: SJ Bennett
Narrated by: Jane Copland
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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted when a guest is found dead in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene suggests the young Russian pianist strangled himself, but a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play was involved. The Queen leaves the investigation to the professionals—until their suspicions point them in the wrong direction.

Unhappy at the mishandling of the case and concerned for her staff's morale, the monarch decides to discreetly take matters into her own hands. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian and recent officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen secretly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth will use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.

SJ Bennett captures Queen Elizabeth's voice with skill, nuance, wit, and genuine charm in this imaginative and engaging mystery that portrays Her Majesty as she's rarely seen: kind yet worldly, decisive, shrewd, and most importantly a great judge of character.

©2021 S J. Bennett (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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An intelligent, gentle and intriguing crime novel

This book really does require some thinking and was a fun read as well. The characters are intelligent and I’m hoping we’ll see them again. I usually read a couple of books at the same time, depending on how I feel. However, once I started this book I needed to keep with it until it was finished.
There is a gentle humour and the Queen is portrayed as the kind of person you’d hope she is.
Jane Copeland’s narration is spot on and her character voices are appropriate and understated.
All in all a highly recommended read or listen.

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Great story and performance

This story is clever and thoughtfully done. The author portrays Queen Elizabeth II in a realistic light, with humour and perspective. Lots of little details shows that the author has done quite a bit of research. The narrator does an excellent job with different voices, and I especially like the Queen’s.

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Love the idea!

More, please!!! I would definitely follow this series if it were to become one!!! Brilliant!

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Refreshing mystery!

I love the storytelling and the unfiltered love for the queen. It captures a side of her people normally don’t see. I appreciate it is fiction but love to think that it’s based on real life. Not the murders of course but the spunky behaviour of the monarch. Such fun!

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Wise Windsor Woman!

A fun read! Gave me a plethora of knowledge about the monarchy, how it functions, and a feeling for our long-serving queen who deserves much praise. This is a intricate novel with a lot of characters. The Queen doesn't disappoint in her adept detective methods and her ability to have various staff work independently of each other. Lots of humour! Our Queen has a keen mind, cares for others and I will stop there because you want to read this delightful crime novel!

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Boring

Despite being well read, it was hard to listen to because it was boring. The “reveal” was painful. Though the narrator was good, her inability to say “sir Simon” as two words was annoying. It sounded as though she was stuttering and saying “Sa-Simon” over and over. I finally had to look up the characters to figure out what she was saying. I won’t be buying any more in this series.

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Could not keep my interest

The book ended and I realized I have no idea "who done it?" Wasn't engaging enough to backtrack to what I remembered last.

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