Get Your Free Audiobook

After 30 days, Audible is ₹199/mo. Cancel anytime.

OR

Publisher's Summary

The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.

Narrated by Samantha Bond (Golden Eye, Downton Abbey, Home Fires)

The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, 89-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck.

When the police begin 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?

©2020 S. J. Bennett (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Critic Reviews

"Hilarious, affectionate and so well observed.... I loved it." (Joanne Harris, best-selling author of Chocolat)

"Bracingly fresh yet endearingly familiar, The Windsor Knot gallops along at a cracking pace, is laugh-out-loud funny and completely convincing, peppered with delicious royal detail and in-jokes. Priceless and charming - a jewel in the crown." (Veronica Henry, Sunday Times best-selling author)

What listeners say about The Windsor Knot

Average Customer Ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • DRM
  • 06-11-20

Fabulous

This is a tremendously splendid romp. Utterly faithful and charming in the extreme. But what raises it beyond even such humble praise is the narration by Samantha Bond.
I think it may be a first that the narrated book rises, thanks to her ability to bring the characters to life, to shine as brightly as the sun.
Delightful. Well Done !!

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • nannapops
  • 30-10-20

An awful book

This book is a ridiculous bit of fiction. I know you have to suspend reality when listening to most works of fiction but this was tedious. Wish I hadn’t bothered wasting my money on it.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Angelcritique
  • 25-10-20

Disappointing

This could have been mildy amusing had the author not chosen to use it as a vehicle to preach her politics.... some of which she ascribes to the character of 'The Queen'.... and jump on the 'race' bandwagon. Suspend all credibility when a random assortment of real life figures interact in the same timeframe when they don't actually belong. ( The Queen is approaching her 90th birthday and David Cameron is the British Prime Minister and Obama the US president. ) With some of the usual mispronunciations where royal protocol is written of, the narrator does her best with the material. Overall I was expecting better. What a let down.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-01-21

Fun book....fab narration!

Relatively easy listening {attention needed ...it's a mystery book!!} but Samantha Bond brings the book to life! inspired choice. Looking forward to Nov'21 when next book comes out...... Ta

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • kim Broadfield
  • 10-01-21

dreadful

I thought this was awful only finished it because it was a book club choice if the author removed how many times she mentioned how much the queen was loved by all that knew her it would be two chapters long

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • The daily cook
  • 17-11-20

Excellent gentle entertainment

Enjoyable listening.
Samantha Bond is an excellenter reader and does well with the different characters.
I laughed when I saw this book in the list and the sample decided me to choose it.
Not perhaps up there with some of the more thightly paced thrillers., but then that was not what the author intended.
I look forward to further books in the series as they appear.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Crawford
  • 30-04-21

Samantha Bond is fab, the story not so much

Don’t get me wrong, I like the queen, but by the end of this book I was tired of being told of how amazing and sparkling she is and yes I know it’s just fiction, but still....
The storyline in itself actually wasn’t so bad but I just wasn’t feeling the love for some of the characters. Samantha Bond was great as always.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicola
  • 12-04-21

Love the premise

Great plot very much enhanced by true historic context and marvellous whimsy around the Royals.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joy
  • 01-04-21

Brilliant

The Queen is portrayed as she should be, magnificent and totally on form. The narrator made it, having perfect knowledge of how to bring off a royal detective tale... I cannot remember the last time I enjoyed a book so much.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Teacher
  • 25-03-21

An interesting idea poorly executed

I got to the point where I just wanted it to end. Simply dreadful. From the fitting choice of the lacklustre Taylor 1996 vintage to the ' if only Harry could find a reliable girl'... and we all know how that turned out.