I got The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett, for free from Netgalley for a fair and honest review

The Windsor Knott Book cover


In the first book of a new series. 

The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck.

With  the police beginning to suspect her loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they are looking in the wrong place. 

For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her coronation. Away from the public eye, she has a brilliant knack for solving crimes.

With her household’s happiness on the line, her secret must not get out. Can the Queen and her trusted secretary Rozie catch the killer, without getting caught themselves?


I decided to get this from Netgally, after glancing at the Synopsis and seeing that it was set in Windsor Castle, one of the residents of the British Monarch Queen Elizabet II. However after i downloaded  the and saw it was the Queen doing the investigation, i thought it was ever going to be really terrible or brilliant.

I am pleased to say that the book was great, firstly you have a royal setting, the Queen running her own private investigation, and an examination of the british ruling class, in a slight comic from. 

The best way to describe this book is The Crown, meets Miss Marple and Yes Prime Minister.

The way The Queen was portrayed was done in such a delightful way, The way in which most of her life has been taken up with service and how the people around her, who don’t know her believe, she can not keep up with the modern world.

In particular the Queen’s relationship with her Husband the Duke of Edinburgh was shown to be like every marriage, that works, with a bit of humor.

The way the investigation was carried out by the Queen was through  the use of her staff both past and present, With the main work being  done by Rosie, her personal assistant,  doing most of the legwork. 

Rosie had only just started working for the Queen and so as she learned about her boss doing not only this investigation but past ones as well, you as the reader learnt as well.

To me the only weakness was the ending , as  a reader it seemed to go on longer than it should have in my opinion, I understand  as a reader why the writer S.J. Bennett  did this, but it could have been done a bit quicker. 

Having said that the main plot was really good, I may not have solved the crime but as a reader when the solution was played out at the end, all the clues were there and the answer seemed to me to be in the realm of possibility from them.

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Publication date 29th October 2020


So Who Would i recommend this book to? This is simple, if you like cozy mysteries, set in unusual situations, with a different take on the Private Investigator storyline, then S.J. Bennett’s, The Windsor Knot is the book for you.

Meet The Writer

S. J. Bennett was born in Yorkshire, England in 1966, and lives in London. An army child, she grew up travelling around the world. Her first novel was published when she was 42, after a varied career and lots of procrastination. She is the award-winning author of several books for children and teaches and podcasts about writing. 

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