Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Three Dog Problem, Book 2 in the Her Majesty The Queen Investigates series by S. J. Bennett. Thanks so much to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for the invite, and to Bonnier Zaffre for my copy via NetGalley. Before I share my review here’s what the book is all about:
The second book in the delightfully clever mystery series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties. In the wake of a referendum which has divided the nation, the last thing the Queen needs is any more problems to worry about. But when an oil painting of the Royal Yacht Britannia – first given to the Queen in the 1960s – shows up unexpectedly in a Royal Navy exhibition, she begins to realise that something is up. When a body is found in the Palace swimming pool, she finds herself once again in the middle of an investigation which has more twists and turns than she could ever have suspected. With her trusted secretary Rozie by her side, the Queen is determined to solve the case. But will she be able to do it before the murderer strikes again? Agatha Christie meets The Crown, perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin.”
I loved this book, even more than book one The Windsor Knot! It was one of those ‘just one more chapter’ books, where I just had to keep reading as I was enjoying myself so much.
It’s set in 2016, just after the Brexit Referendum, so there were references to Brexit, and Theresa May being the new Prime Minster, which seems such a long time ago now. Most of the action took place at Buckingham Palace this time rather than Windsor in the last book.
Rozie was sent on various endeavours for the Queen, just like in the last book and there were some fab scenes with the different encounters she has in the course of her ‘investigation’ for her Majesty. The actual mystery wasn’t as complicated as the first book, but it did involve a few different people and different departments at the Palace. It wasn’t just about a missing painting, but got quite a bit darker as Rozie uncovered much more than she expected.
I highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy cosy mysteries or books connected to the Royal Family.