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Murder Most Royal

Queen Elizabeth II is eagerly anticipating a her family’s usual Christmas gathering with at Sandringham, but an alarming find disrupts the festive plans. A severed hand is discovered, and what’s more disconcerting is the recognition of the signet ring adorning a finger—it belongs to a member of the St Cyr family, long-time acquaintances from nearby Ladybridge Hall. Though she knows the family well, the Queen intends to let the police handle the investigation. That changes, however, when her name is brought into media coverage of the incident.

As journalists begin to draw connections between the crime and the Crown, and the police appear to overlook a dubious accident practically on the Queen’s threshold, Elizabeth finds herself quietly pondering the enigma. Assisted by her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, she explores the mixture of truth and lies around this high-profile case.

Within the serene landscapes of Norfolk, a hidden secret so profound that it’s worth murder seems to linger. Determined to unearth the concealed truth—even if it reveals a murderer within her intimate circle—the Queen delves into the mystery with resolve and royal finesse.

Praise for the series…

“[A] pitch-perfect murder mystery… If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple…, the result would probably be something like this charming whodunnit.” — Ruth Ware on The Windsor Knot

“S.J. Bennett’s crime-fiction novel presents an affectionate and entertaining depiction of The Queen as an amateur private investigator. Taking place in the autumn of 2016, The Queen must come to grips not only with the shifting context of the time, but also how it connects to a shocking death of a staffer within the Palace. The novel hones in on The Queen’s eye to see the real story behind events, and how some crimes need the royal touch to find their solution.” — Vogue (Australia) on All the Queen’s Men

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