Published by: Zaffre
Witty, charming, humorous, sprinkled with the dark side of Murder, a perfect combination
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?
Firstly many thanks to the publishers for sending me a proof copy and for being invited to be part of the blog tour.
The second book Featuring Queen Elizabeth II literally as the Queen of cosy crime, in a highly engaging and ridiculously enjoyable read
Here you have a cleverly plotted story surrounding the discovery of a body and a missing painting, a story told in such an engaging way, sprinkled with wry humour, this really is an enjoyable read, you kind of find it difficult to put down, it hooks you in with plenty of intrigue and drama.
The main characters we are are familiar with, and you can feel their voices within your head as you read, the surrounding characters though are wonderfully written and brought to life on the page, they belong in the palace. Rozie is endearing, dutiful and loyal, sharp as a tack and fearless in her efforts to help uncover the truth, you take an instant like to her and the way she is portrayed
The plotting is superb and leaves you guessing as to the outcome, overall there is a freshness to the whole feel of the book, cosy crime but a cracking read, that will appeal to all, has the feel of Agatha Christie with the clever subtle un ravelling of the clues, a classic whodunnit
The book has moments where you want to laugh out load, though you must never forget crimes have been committed, the voices stay within your head, there is a charm to overall tone and feel of the book.
The writing is a delight in the way it lights up the pages as you build up to the finale
A highly entertaining read. Would most definitely recommend, it is somewhat difficult to put down once you have started