The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett (2021) Review

Who knew the Queen could be this cheeky, witty, marvelous and thirsty for justice? SJ Bennett did…

I live in Canada, and had already pre-ordered the physical book when I had the opportunity to listen to the audio book in advance. It’s been torture not to share my first 5 star read of the year with you, but the date is finally here. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

I hope “Her Majesty the Queen Investigates” becomes a series!!

Jane Copeland’s narration is superb, I could honestly listen to her all day. She manages to bring each character to life and keep their individuality. The way Copeland narrated this book made me forget that “full cast” is even a thing. Her voice brought every character and scene to life, her pace was amazing, and the book was done before I knew it. This book flew really well, I knew what was happening and who was speaking at all times. Her voice made it an immersive experience for me.

Now for the story – BRAVO Bennett, BRAVO! This was my first 5 star read of 2021. I rate my books based on the following criteria: Enjoyability, Character, Ambience, Fairness, Plot and Execution. “The Windsor Knot” ticked all my boxes and did not leave me wanting anything more than what I got.

I COULD not put this book down, and thoroughly enjoyed myself as I was reading it. I can’t remember chuckling this much while reading a book.

Her characters were modern, endearing, witty, multidimensional, multicultural and read like real people I want to meet. I don’t know much about the Royals, but with Queen Elizabeth II is anything like her fictional character, she is amazing! I don’t know how Bennett got permission to fictionalize such an iconic real life person, but I am so glad she is. If the Queen is not solving mysteries in real life, she should! And the way the character interacts with her staff, friends and family is just so adorable! She is the grandmother everyone wishes they had! Rosie and Sir Simon are also amazing characters. This is the triad mystery dreams are made of and they need to keep existing for many books to come! (one a year, maybe?!?)

I like when time and place are almost characters in a book, when they are mentioned I like to be transported to the “then and there.” And I WAS in London in 2021. Bennett described the places so well; I could vividly picture them in my mind. Also, the modernity of our times was so perfectly captured and in such a subtle way, such as mentioning “contour game”, and the slow changes in London’s rich neighbourhoods landscape.

Bennett played extremely fair and all the clues were in the book, there was no curveballs or solutions coming out of thin air. The plot was fresh, original, imaginative and interesting. Its execution was superb.

I recommend this book to everyone and I can not wait until it’s released so I can discuss it with my friends!

I am so thankful for NetGalley and Harper Audio for allowing me to listen, ahead of its release, to “The Windsor Knot” by S.J. Bennett as narrated by Jane Copeland.

#TheWindsorKnot #NetGalley

Enjoyability 10

Characters 10

Ambience 10

Fairness 10

Plot 10

Execution 10

My total rating: 5

Review for this book is mentioned in this video: https://youtu.be/WixTJ_WPyuY

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