Title And Author: The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett
Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Book
Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought but eProof gifted by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/write-up
Length: 320 Pages
The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett is the first book in a new cosy murder mystery series starring Queen Elizabeth II. Yep, imagine The Crown meets Miss Marple with a twist of humour and you get the vague idea of what you’re walking into. After a dinner party, the Queen and her staff discover news that one of the guest staying at Windsor has been found strangled. With the Police thinking one of the Queen’s staff is a sleeper agent for Russia, the Queen decides to quietly investigate for the true.
Well, this was a fun read. I kinda expected it to be as I have been wanting to read this since I first heard of this. This sounded like something you would watch on TV on a Sunday evening. Similar to Call The Midwife, All Creatures Great and Small or Midsommer Murders. I understand that some of you won’t like this – it can be a tad too cosy, and with some cosy murder mysteries, you have to just go with it as the resolution can be a little left-field (plus some of you have strong opinions of the Royals). But I have a soft spot for cosy murder mysteries (have you not noticed?), plus this was funny. There were several moments I read this and I snorted with laughter. This is a charming cosy murder mystery and I am intrigued to see where this series is going to go…
Title And Author: Dead Famous: An Unexpected History of Celebrity from Bronze Age to Silver Screen by Greg Jenner
Physical, eBook or Audiobook: Audiobook
Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought
Length: 400 Pages or 12 Hours 47 Minutes
Like I just said, non-fiction isn’t a genre I normally go for, so this is me totally outside my comfort zone and, for the most part, this was really insightful, fascinating and with an edge of humour. But I had the same feeling I had when I audiobook (via NetGalley) Toksvig’s Almanac 2021 by Sandi Toksvig. I really liked it and I found it fascinating but I wish I had read the book as there were multiply times, a name or a story came up that I would want to research but found I couldn’t because I couldn’t check spelling, dates, etc. So, while I did like this, kinda wish I had the book.
Oh, quick side-note, I would hugely recommend Greg Jenner’s podcast for BBC Radio 4, You’re Dead to Me. Each episode focuses on one historical subject with a historian and comedian. You can listen to the Radio Edit (30 Mins or less) or the Podcast Edit (50-odd minutes), both make fascinating listening [though I think the Podcast Edit is much funny, though there is swearing]. Also, Greg does another history podcast, Homeschool History, to help kids learn during lockdown. Most episodes for this are around 15 minutes.
Title And Author: Outcast by Michelle Paver
Publisher: Orion's Children Books
Physical, eBook or Audiobook: eBook
Bought, Borrowed or Gifted: Bought
Length: 272 Pages
I’m planning (or am trying to) read all this series before the eighth instalment, Skin Taker, is released this April (might have bitten off more than I can chew, but we’ll see!) so hoping a book a month. Fingers crossed. And it took me a while to actually deciding to read Outcast as Soul Eater, the third in the series, was really dark. And for me to say that is something! And while I did like this and I flew through this (I read this really fast [for me] – a week?), this isn’t my fave in the series. I think this is because, after Soul Eater, I didn’t know where Michelle was going to take the series so the fact this book took a direction I wasn’t expecting and so early in the book. But once I found my footing, I flew through this. I am really enjoying this series and am really surprised not many people seem to be talking about this more!
And I think I will leave this post here for the time being! I think I will do a second post similar to this in the next day or two, hope that's ok. In the meantime, tell me, what were you guys reading Christmas 2020? Would you recommend any to me? Leave a comment and will have a snoop in a while!