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The Windsor Knot Reviews

The Windsor Knot  by SJ Bennett

The Windsor Knot

SJ Bennett

3.80 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Bonnier Zaffre
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date: 29 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9781838773168

Windsor Palace, 2016. The morning after her ninetieth birthday celebrations, the Queen is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found dead in his room.

3 stars out of 5
Geoffrey Wansell
1 Nov 2020

" based on a delightful conceit"

This debut adult novel from former YA author Bennett is based on a delightful conceit — that the Queen is secretly a private detective...

However, the Queen is convinced the spymasters are looking in the wrong place, and, with the help of her female assistant private secretary, she sets out to uncover the real killer.

Packed with cameos from the likes of Sir David Attenborough to the Archbishop of Canterbury, it feels like an episode of The Crown — but with a spicy dish of murder on the side.


4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
23 Oct 2020

"charming, cosy and respectful"

Windsor Castle is the setting for the first in a new series by SJ Bennett, The Windsor Knot (Zaffre, £12.99), in which the Queen solves mysteries. On the morning after her 90th birthday celebrations in 2016, one of the guests is found dead in his room, and, when the servants come under suspicion, Elizabeth II takes matters into her own hands. This version of Her Majesty – shrewd, sensible and inquisitive – has much in common with Alan Bennett’s royal creation in The Uncommon Reader...

5 stars out of 5
23 Sep 2020

"A delightful and respectful tribute"

The Queen of crime is actually, well, the Queen herself in this warm and witty murder mystery. A guest is found dead in Windsor Castle, and Her Majesty wastes no time in investigating. Aided by her sparky young assistant, Rozie Oshodi, the Queen draws on her quick wits and life experience to unpick the mystery. Remaining loyally at her side, Prince Philip still has the power to set his Lilibet all of a quiver. A delightful and respectful tribute to Windsor's canniest — and most descreet — amateur sleuth.