cover198032-mediumFrom NetGalley: “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. The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, eighty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck. When the police begin to suspect her loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they are looking in the wrong place. For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her coronation. Away from the public eye, she has a brilliant knack for solving crimes. With her household’s happiness on the line, her secret must not get out. Can the Queen and her trusted secretary Rozie catch the killer, without getting caught themselves?”

My Review

I loved this book! It was a fab read and a fantastic murder mystery!

I do like the Queen, I think she’s an amazing woman, and having her in a murder mystery was great fun! Now obviously Her Majesty couldn’t go around like Miss Marple, asking all the important questions of the possible suspects. Instead she was just like Hercule Poirot and used her ‘little grey cells’ on the problem. This was where Rozie, her assistant private secretary stepped in to do the leg work. I liked Rozie a lot and enjoyed watching her become more confident with the different tasks the Queen sent her on.

The actual mystery was very clever and a lot more involved that I expected. I fell for the red herrings, not having a clue who the murderer was when the big reveal came!

I loved all the details about the Queen’s daily life at Windsor, of her love for her family and her horses, and of how much she cared for her staff. Oh yes and I enjoyed the laugh out loud moments provided by Prince Philip! There’s so much more I’d love to say, but it would definitely ruin the plot, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself!

I definitely want to read the next book in the series, and have already been recommending this first book to family and friends.

I highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy cosy mysteries or books connected to the Royal Family.

Thanks so much NetGalley and Zaffre Bonnier Books UK for my digital copy.