It’s November 2016 when a staff member is found dead near the swimming pool at Buckingham Palace. The victim is an unpopular member of the housekeeping staff. Senior staff tries to shield the Queen from the awful news, but she inserts herself into the investigation along with her assistant private secretary, Rozie Oshodi. In addition to the murder, the Queen realizes that one of her favorite paintings, Britannia, is missing and has been for some time. Apparently there have been a string of missing items (dubbed the Breakages Business) from the palace since the 1980’s. In addition to all of the above, there has been a poison pen campaign. Some palace employees have been threatened causing some to leave and three have turned up dead.
The Queen and Rozie make good partners in solving crimes and at giving helpful hints. They manage to convince the Palace staff chiefs, managers and police into thinking they solved the crimes on the Queen’s behalf.
This is the second entry in the “Her Majesty the Queen Investigates” series following The Windsor Knot (2020). Murder Most Royal is scheduled to be published in November 2022. I look forward to the next one. These are fun stories.