When I picked up the Windsor Knot, I was so intrigued by the idea of HRH Queen Elizabeth solving crimes, I expected campy Miss Marple vibes, but what I got was a story with a shrewd, politically astute Queen looking to correct a bungled investigation without getting any credit for it. I was here for it, another strong woman main character out to do the right thing and not boost her ego.
The story starts when the Queen hosts a dine and sleep at Windsor in the lead up to her 90th birthday and a guest is found dead in his room. At first it looks like an unfortunate accident but the investigators quickly find a clue that makes them think something more sinister may be at work. As there investigation takes off, the Queen’s feathers are rankled by the idea that someone in her staff may have been affiliated with a foreign power trying to spy and brazenly assassinate someone under her own roof. So she begins her own clandestine investigation with the help of a trusted aid. I adored the way she was quite involved and neither of the investigators had any clue. They spent time “man-splaining” their findings to her like she was a doddering old lady and she just smirked knowing she was actually the one throwing the bread crumbs to them. It was equally satisfying and totally frustrating as you just wanted her to say “off with their heads,” and claim all the credit herself. But she was far too savvy for that. It really showed why she has remained a steady figure in the British political scene.
The mystery was well done and completely plausible but it was definitely a slow burn, so be prepared for that. It was well balanced with the daily goings-on of the Queen’s life and there were some fun cameos by celebrity and political names peppered throughout. Looking forward to see where this series goes next.
Thanks to William Morrow for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions above are my own. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Did you watch the H & M interview this weekend? What did you think? Are you on their side or the side of HRH?