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“Sheer entertainment… Bennett infuses wit and an arch sensibility into her prose… This is not mere froth, it is pure confection.” — New York Times Book Review on The Windsor Knot

Amateur detective Queen Elizabeth II is back in this hugely entertaining follow-up to the bestseller The Windsor Knot, in which Her Majesty must determine how a missing painting is connected to the shocking death of a staff member inside Buckingham Palace.

At Buckingham Palace, the autumn of 2016 presages uncertain times. The Queen must deal with the fallout from the Brexit referendum, a new female prime minister, and a tumultuous election in the United States - yet these prove to be the least of her worries when a staff member is found dead beside the palace swimming pool. Is it truly the result of a tragic accident, as the police think, or is something more sinister going on?

Meanwhile, her assistant private secretary, Rozie Oshodi, is on the trail of a favorite painting that once hung outside the Queen’s bedroom and appears to have been misappropriated by the Royal Navy. And a series of disturbing anonymous letters have begun circulating in the palace. The Queen’s courtiers think they have it all "under control", but Her Majesty is not so sure. After all, though the staff and public may not be aware, she is the keenest sleuth among them. Sometimes, it takes a Queen’s eye to see connections where no one else can.

©2022 SJ Bennett (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Delightful peek into the palace

I enjoyed the first book in this series and the second was equally enjoyable. It isn’t often I come across a story that feels so authentic and plausible (even tho it certainly is fiction). I love that the queen quietly, calmly and with keen insight and intelligence sets things in motion while her competent staff member Rosie does the leg work—all under the noses of more senior staff who don’t realize their jobs are made easier by the efforts of the 2 women. I appreciate that the queen is not a caricature, but acts and thinks and ruminates about everything one might expect and hope for a woman who has had some 90 years on this earth and experienced so much. And thankfully she is not portrayed as a sweet, dotty old woman, but smart, pragmatic, witty and wise. Rosie, ex-military, is also a strong, brave and smart. This is not a wild and blustery ride, but a thoughtfully and intelligently crafted story that peels back the layers one by one until the last page. Also a great peek into the royal staff and inner workings of the palace and what it takes to keep things running smoothly. Absolutely my favorite series, and I eagerly anticipate the next book!

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Delightful!

I enjoyed this book immensely, and the backstory about Artemisia Gentileschi was fascinating. I don't remember her being mentioned in the art history courses from my college days. The mystery solving Queen is very believable, and I hope the series will continue.

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Fun mystery!!

Loved this second mystery involving Queen Elizabeth II and her assistant secretary Rozie. Recommended and fun read! looking forward to #3!!

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The Queen solves another one!

I just loved it. Elizabeth II is my Queen and this personal story was perfect.

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Fun summer book

If you are looking for a light, fun book with a touch of mystery this is for you. I enjoyed the Windsor Knot a little bit more but this is fun too. Narration is great.

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Wonderful

I took the recommendation of the Washington Post and ordered the second book having enjoyed the first. I remembered how much I enjoyed the characters and ordered the CDs from book 1 to give as a birthday gift. A pleasure. I’m going to listen to the first one again to keep me company as I clean the closets and mop the floors. Such a good way to make chores a fun thing to do. K

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More Please!

Loved the story, the characters, the narration! The mystery was intriguing with a fully-realized cast of characters in a richly drawn setting. The narrator was terrific, hitting all the right notes in conveying the story and the people in it. I can't wait for the next one!

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Excellent read. The best.

I love this book, the characters, the writing, and of course the story. I wondered how she knew all the ins and outs of Castle life. The characters were strong and interesting. I need to listen to her other books.

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A fine way to spend some time

This is the second book by SJ Bennett about Queen Elizabeth and her extremely smart assistant solving mysteries together . Wry and fun , well drawn characters , deeply satisfying . The narrator Jane Copeland is everything you could want . Lots of art and intrigue as well . Highly recommend .

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clever mystery dinged by woke overtones

The author sets up a great mystery and writes the royals' personalities in a believable and enjoyable way. The woke lecturing within the story gets very tiresome. I suspect the opinions on Brexit, the Prime Minister, and the US elections in the book are author biased and are too personal to have presumed to imply the queen's feelings on the matters. The author might take a page from the queen's own book and keep personal opinions to themself, especially when speaking for others. It distracts from an excellent clever mystery in a wonderful setting.

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