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Summary

The delightfully clever mystery in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves a murder at Buckingham Palace, expertly narrated by Samantha Bond (Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Downton Abbey, The Queen and I, The Queen, Home Fires).

Queen Elizabeth II is having a royal nightmare.

A referendum divides the nation, a tumultuous election grips the United States - and the body of a staff member is found dead beside Buckingham Palace swimming pool.

Is it a tragic accident, as the police think? Or is something more sinister going on?

As Her Majesty looks for answers, her trusted assistant, Rozie, is on the trail of a treasured painting that once hung outside the queen's bedroom.

But when Rozie receives a threatening anonymous letter, Elizabeth knows dark forces are at work - and far too close to home. After all, though the staff and public may not realise it, she is the keenest sleuth among them. Sometimes, it takes a queen's eye to see connections where no one else can....

Agatha Christie meets The Crown in A Three Dog Problem, the much-anticipated second book in the Her Majesty the Queen Investigates mystery series by SJ Bennett - for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin. 

©2021 SJ Bennett (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"A pitch-perfect murder mystery." (Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark, Dark Wood

"Delightfully charming." (Adele Parks, author of I Invited Her In)  

"Written with wit and brio." (Daily Express)

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Wonderful!

I love these stories by SJ Bennett and I cannot wait for the third in the series! They are beautifully read by Samantha Bond who is really the perfect narrator for anything HRM. Please keep writing them :-)

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Great except for pronunciation of Scottish words

Really enjoyed this book …great characters and moves along at a cracking pace. Narration excellent except that perhaps she should have taken the trouble to find out how Scottish words are pronounced before attempting them.

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Excellent Loved it!

Really good modern day, smuggling turned insurance fraud and murder caper. Love the idea of HRM in the palaces solving crime. And if Samantha Bond puts her voice to it, you know that's the stamp of excellence 👏🏾 ✨️

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Too cosy

Interesting premise, nicely written but gawd awful slow. Won’t be reading more of these, too boring. Caricatures of the Royals too.

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New fan

Absolutely loved every minute. Sorry to have finished. looking forward to the next book.

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Surprisingly entertaining

Not being a royalist (nor anti), I was not sure how much I shall enjoy the book. I went by good reviews and the fact I like Samantha Bond. I really enjoyed the book. i think one of its attractions is the fact the book mentions people and events from recent past and the narrator's impersonation of the queen is lovely. i shall be listening to more from the series.

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An EXTREMELY disappointing sequel

I got this free and decided to buy the first book and listen to them in order, as I presumed it would set the scene. It did. And I enjoyed the first book very much. It's obviously light and frivolous, and you have to put reality on hold for a while, but all in all, it was good --- although let down by the ending.

This, on the other hand, is a confusing, never-ending mess. It features a cast as voluminous as the phone book and it can't decide whether the focus is a stolen painting, finding out who wrote some poison pen letters, or discovering who murdered one of the staff. It starts with a body being discovered, then it jumps back in time to three months earlier.

By the 4th hour, I was really struggling but I decided to persevere. By the 5th hour, I'd decided I definitely wouldn't be buying the 3rd book in the series. And by the end, I was losing the will to live.

A problem remains from the first novel -- the queen doesn't actually do any detecting. She gets other people to find clues and then she puts it together. But again, like the first book, she doesn't totally solve it. She does figure out ONE of the crimes, but not them all. It would obviously be totally implausible for HRH to go around à la Murder, She Wrote (which gets a namecheck), but it would be better if she put more of it together herself.

The first book had "behind-the-scenes" at the palace stuff that did seem believable, and you could imagine the Queen or Philip doing or saying something like that. But in this book, there's just so much superfluous detail.

If my review is too subtle, I did not enjoy this.

I DID, however, enjoy Samantha Bond's reading of it. She does an excellent job, save for a few mispronunciations ("dreich" is NOT pronounced "drish" -- that made me laugh out loud). It's a shame her talents were wasted on this tedium.

Would I buy another audiobook read by Samantha Bond? Definitely.
Would I buy another book in this series? Definitely not.

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Exquisite! Well written and flawlessly read!

This book is such a treat - beautifully written, exquisitely narrated, full of masterfully crafted characters, the narrative voice gentle yet razor-sharp. I've never cared much for the royal family but SJ Bennett managed to draw such a fascinating portrait of the Queen, her family and the hordes of people working for 'the Firm' that I am now quite intrigued. Most enjoyable and highly recommended!

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This is the second book in the series and the second I’ve read. I’ve found them hugely enjoyable; different, well paced and told, exciting at times and with relatable characters, unlikely though that may sound.

I’m well aware that it’s fiction, but I feel it gives some insight into someone (HM the Q) who has very little down time, very little privacy and who is restricted, both by protocol and prudence, to saying little more than, ‘oh dear’ and ‘how interesting’, and therefore being able to express very little. I don’t think there are many of us (witness social media) who could practise that level of restraint & self control for a day, never mind a long lifetime & with all the background & historical knowledge the Queen (real or fictionalised) must have. Thought provoking, as well as fun.

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Most enjoyable

This is a series l hadn't heard before, l am very happy to have found it..it flows. Well with lots of intrigue and bodies. These are 'nice' not sordid or in your face. I wonder if the queen has ever read/ heard these books, l am sure she would be amused.Beautifully read by Samantha Bond who managed to really convey the feeling of real characters. Looking forward to the next in series.