Wednesday, 25 June 2014

India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr



Whether running a brothel or running from danger as a spy for Her Majesty, India Black knows how to use the tricks of her trade. This time she s off to Scotland to ensure that the Queen doesn t end up getting killed...

When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral, a deviation from her usual practice. The prime minister suspects that Scottish nationalists are planning to assassinate the Queen, and sends the ever-resourceful India and the handsome British spy French to the Scottish Highlands undercover.

French takes the high road, looking for a traitor among the Queen s guests and India takes the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the Queen s staff. For her part, India doesn t need a medium to predict that someone at Balmoral is determined that this Christmas will be her Majesty s last...


A big thank you to Chloe at Titan for sending me a copy to review.

My Thoughts:

The second story in the India Black series, sees us reunited with India and French as they are called upon to solve another mystery....

The Widow of Windsor takes us to Scotland as the duo are asked to escort Queen Victoria to Balmoral for Christmas.
The Queen still grieving for late husband Albert has been advised to spend Christmas at her home in Balmoral.
Knowing it was Alberts favourite place, Victoria has no doubts when believing the word of a medium. But could the assassination plot on her life, be the mediums reason for Victoria needing to be in Scotland.
Pretending to be a ladies maid, India once again assists the British government.

As with the first in the series, there is a great mix of characters, from the Marchioness that India has to look after, a very strange character who enjoys snorting snuff and is also quite likely to snort sugar or pepper if not watched, to Bertie the prince with wondering hands and an eye for any comely wench.

It was wonderful being caught up in India's world again, she is an incredibly feisty and outspoken character which makes her a joy to read about.
After the second instalment in the series, I find myself eager to read more and discover what will be her next mystery!

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