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Blog Tour: Murder Most Royal – S.J. Bennett

December 2016.

A severed hand is found washed up on a beach next to the Queen’s estate at Sandringham.

Elizabeth has become quite accustomed to solving even the most complex of murders. And though she quickly identifies the 70-year-old victim, Edward St Cyr, from his signet ring, the search for his killer is not so straightforward.

St Cyr led an unconventional, often controversial life, making many enemies along the way in the quiet, rural world of North Norfolk, where everyone knows each other’s business.

But when a second man is found dead, and a prominent local woman is nearly killed in a hit-and-run, the mystery takes an even darker turn.

With the Christmas break coming to an end, the Queen and her trusted assistant Rozie must race to discover how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. Or the next victim may be found even closer to home.

The third book (which can be read as a stand-alone), in the delightfully clever mystery series following the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 as she secretly solves crimes alongside her royal duties.

My thoughts; this series is just so much fun. The Queen (RIP Your Maj) is at Sandringham for Christmas with various members of the Royal family and staff. Including Rozie, her assistant secretary, and the person she entrusts with secret errands and investigations.

A hand has been found up the Norfolk coast, that belongs to the son of one of the Queen’s late friends and neighbours. Scandal and skulduggery in deepest North Norfolk. But Her Majesty has good instincts for these things and sends Rozie off to look into it, while making a few discreet enquiries herself. As one does when one is the monarch.

Accompanied by her corgis and occasionally Lady Caroline (her lady-in-waiting), the Queen visits some old friends, keeps Prince Philip updated and even has time for some fun with her great-grandchildren, as well as visiting her various animals on the estate.

This would make a great present next month for anyone who was fond of our late Queen and enjoys a fun and funny story. The author writes the Royals sympathetically and with warmth, but not overly sentimental, making them seem a bit more human than the press sometimes does. I like this version of the Queen and Rozie too.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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