• The Windsor Knot

  • A Novel
  • By: SJ Bennett
  • Narrated by: Jane Copland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (905 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted when a guest is found dead in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene suggests the young Russian pianist strangled himself, but a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play was involved. The Queen leaves the investigation to the professionals—until their suspicions point them in the wrong direction.

Unhappy at the mishandling of the case and concerned for her staff's morale, the monarch decides to discreetly take matters into her own hands. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian and recent officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen secretly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth will use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.

SJ Bennett captures Queen Elizabeth's voice with skill, nuance, wit, and genuine charm in this imaginative and engaging mystery that portrays Her Majesty as she's rarely seen: kind yet worldly, decisive, shrewd, and most importantly a great judge of character.

©2021 S J. Bennett (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book

I really enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it.

However, I found it a little difficult to listen to as the narration switches between Queen Elizabeth and her secretary Rosie but with the audio there is nothing to indicate when the switch happens. I plan to read the second book when it comes out later this year but I will read the hard copy instead of listening to the audio.

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Wonderful!

I don't buy into the whole"anointed by God" thing, but I do have immense respect for our Queen.
Yes, OUR Queen because she demonstrates daily what it means to be royal.
The narrator is very good and brings the characters to life. The writing is tight, the plot is intriguing.
Get this book. You won't regret it.

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Superb

I had read a positive review of this book and thought it could be enjoyable. I did not expect to love it! The story, the details, the narration, were all top notch.

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Surely a movie to come!

Definitely The Crown meets Agatha Christie. Flawless! Surely a film must be in the works.

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Completely wonderful!

This book appeals on so many levels! It's a great semi-cozy mystery (with crimes only a little grittier than usual), incorporating insights into British history and royals that will appeal to Anglophiles and royal watchers, as well as psychological insights into how the real Queen Elizabeth II just might feel and act. Perhaps not quite plausible, but so well explained and justified that the reader can't help but wonder....It's a lovely paean to a dedicated and gracious monarch.

I wouldn't call it "hilarious," as the cover comment does. To the contrary, it's a sobering peek into the queen's myriad responsibilities and even more into the expectations and restrictions she must deal with. Still, there are plenty of amusing moments where her courtiers try to protect the "delicate" sensibilities of a woman who has endured giving up her freedom to devote herself to her country, family tragedy and humiliation, and so much more. As a "woman of a certain age" myself, I recognized the patronization and could only say, "You go, girl!" as she accomplished so much with only the aid of her young assistant private secretary.

The narrator is marvelous, well suited to this application.

I was completely delighted by this book and looked up the author to see if she had inside knowledge of the royal family or their residences. Apparently she is simply a long-time royal watcher, but clearly she also understands human nature and the makings of a good detective story. I'm pleased to see she has several sequels in the pipeline and will eagerly watch for them.

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Surprisingly Fun and Believable

Maybe the real Queen Elizabeth II doesn't solve murders, but this novel presents her in such a way that her involvement and character feel quite believable. The Queen is a thoroughly likeable and understanding individual in her own way - this is a very positive and fascinating character that I would like to think is not all that far off from the actual person. The murder she gets involved in is handled in a very logical manner, yet I did not see the solution until it was presented. Very well read by Ms. Copeland - she does an excellent job of creating the 'feel' of various characters. Highly recommended.

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Richly drawn and enjoyable

In this series, the queen is given the royal treatment…

Subtle and politic, she grasps situations quickly, and endeavors to get the job done without drawing attention to herself. Tongue-in-cheek humor, insights into the royal life, and a very nice portrayal of

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The Queen as Sleuth

I thoroughly enjoyed this lighthearted mystery. I loved that it was set in modern times often mentioning various members of the royal family. I also enjoyed showcasing the queen as involved with all that happens in her realm in spite of what some might think. Having the young woman on her staff helping solve the mystery of 3 deaths but also showing empathy for those who were left behind.

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I feel smarter after listening to this book.

This was a really good book. Jane Copland did a really wonderful job of narrating this book. At one point the queen said "aging is such an undignified process". That actually sounds like something someone like the queen would say. So true. I really liked the characters. I also liked that the queen liked the Obamas. I want an English accent. They sound classy even when Sir Philip said fart. That can't be easy. I really enjoyed the humor.

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Well worth a credit

The stars of the book are Queen Elizabeth and Rozie...both superbly characterized, and very likeable. The plot was strong, too. The summation near the end was a bit less, but maybe because it was turned over to a not very likeable man who wasn't Elizabeth or Rozie. I enjoyed this and would read another installment. I could have done without some of the explicit details, but it didn't detract too much. Nothing whatsoever to criticize in the narration.

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