The Windsor Knot

HarperAudio. (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates, Bk. 1). Mar. 2021. 8:05 hrs. ISBN 9780063050037. $23.99. F
Bennett’s debut imagines Queen Elizabeth II as an amateur detective working behind the scenes to solve crimes with the help of a trusty band of undersecretaries. This case, set in 2016, hits close to home: a murder has occurred at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favorite residence, just shy of her 90th birthday; the investigation is being bungled by the head of one of the intelligence agencies. Rozi Oshodi is new to her post as the palace’s assistant private secretary and is unaware of the Queen’s longstanding secret involvement in crime solving, but she takes to her role as helper quite quickly when the need arises. A satisfying backstory explains how the queen has used allies like Rozi to gather information and then subtly influence members of the secret service or police to examine evidence or interview suspects. This is a fictional tale, but listeners will feel like they’re getting insider information on the royal family’s daily activities and a look behind the curtain during special occasions. Jane Copeland masterfully narrates the varied accents and gives distinct personalities to minor and major characters.
VERDICT A well-crafted, solid addition to any audiobook collection.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing