I was so adamant that for my next read, I would indulge in something other than my usual crime or mysteries. I was thinking perhaps fantasy or even sci – fi (I mean it has been a while). But yet again, despite my best efforts, I found myself drawn to a cosy crime mystery when stumbling upon ‘The Windsor Knot’. Seeing how this was giving off vibes of being quintessentially British, I couldn’t resist sitting down with a freshly brewed cup of tea and a freshly toasted crumpet smothered in butter.
The story had an element of quirkiness, which made it such an enjoyable read. The plot had been well written, the clues fitting perfectly together, forming a puzzling whodunit. Solving each clue unravelled the bigger picture; leading to the revelations was amazing. It was a light read but a suspenseful read, each new clue bringing about a new theory. The plot was clever and well paced.
Using the queen and her assistant, Rozie as the main detectives was a stroke of brilliance. The character portrayals were creative and extremely well done. Both Rozie and the Queen were shown to be strong women, which was a pleasure to read. The bond between Rozie and the Queen was heart warming and at times, subtle.
Each character played a role in solving fragments of the puzzle and collectively contributed to the resolution of the mystery was brilliantly depicted. Logical steps had been taken, which made sense, guiding the reader through the linking of clues and ultimately the overarching mystery. The use of real life figures added to the atmosphere. Humour, which eased the intensity, had been added in which leading to bursts of giggles. It was unexpected but fitted in with the tone of the story. It was clear that prior to writing this, the book had been well researched.
It was strange, as normally I don’t like reading stories that feature real life people, however for some reason, I immensely enjoyed this and somehow it just worked. Getting a glimpse in to the life of the royal family and some of the Queen’s duties was interesting to say the least.
In a nutshell, the plot was well thought out and was it was delightful trying to piece together of the puzzle of the mystery in this light-hearted whodunit. The characters were more than interesting and amazingly depicted.
P.S. Why did the picture go to jail? Because it was framed 🙂