For my first post of real people turned into fictional sleuths click here.
A cozy mystery novel. The bumbling local police inspector. The useful spinster who side-hustles as a detective. People drop dead all over the place. In between judging the WI’s needlepoint competition, planning the parish Fete, taking Old Lady Soto Voce down a peg, and miffing the sniffing vicar, and running for Parliament, she somehow always manages to finger the correct suspect. I say “she” because in all of the following books, as in my old post, all of our new fictional heroines of crime are women.
Thanks to Carla Loves To Read for bringing this book to my attention.
First of all, very clever title and premise. The Queen’s Uncle David, aka Edward VIII/aka The Duke of Windsor, is credited with creating the Windsor knot. Add in a who-done-it solved by Her Maj and well, this just sounds like pure fun. The Queen has been portrayed in a mystery novel before (William F. Buckley’s wonderful Saving the Queen in the 1980s–one of his Blackford Oaks thrillers, back with a hideous new cover). So has the Duke of Windsor and so has his nephew, the Queen’s first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, but that’s all for another post. I hope the corgis get at least a cameo and maybe one of those lovely Fell Ponies she now rides as well. This new novel is going strait to my TBR.
The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett
Note: Link is to Amazon UK. This book is not yet available in the USA
Mrs. Julian Downton Abbey Kitchener Fellowes (aka Lady Fellowes) has turned turned the 1930’s fabulous Mitford Sisters into sleuths in this still-expanding murder mystery series.. I’ve been meaning to start on this series since book one (above) debuted. Maybe 2021 will be the year. British Aristocratic Society with its servants and grand houses and big parties are partially the backdrop. Other famous names crop up. It sounds really fun and I’m not sure why I’ve dragged my feet on reading it.
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes
Murder on the Cliffs: A Mystery Featuring Daphne Du Maurier features the great author as a 21-year old solving mysteries in her beloved Cornwall. Like the Mitford mysteries, these also feature grand society, country houses, and more as young Daphne gets into and out of scrapes and solves mysteries.
Murder on the Cliffs: A Mystery Featuring Daphne DuMaurier by Joanna Challis
Like Josephine Tey in my earlier post, the great murder mystery author Agatha Christie herself is now a fictional sleuth. She’s up to a 4-book series so far! This one was a totally new series to me–I had not run across it before today.
A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson