Title: Miss Aldridge Regrets

Author: Louise HAre

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: HQ

The Blurb

Lena Aldridge is wondering if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she’s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho and her married lover has just left her. She has nothing to look forward to until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. 

After a murder at the club, the timing couldn’t be better and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. Until death follows her onto the ship and she realises that her greatest performance has already begun.

Because someone is making manoeuvres behind the scenes, and there’s only one thing on their mind…

MURDER

Miss Aldridge Regrets is the exquisite new novel from Louise Hare. A brilliant murder mystery, it also explores class, race and pre-WWII politics, and will leave readers reeling from the beauty and power of it.

The Review

When Lena Aldridge finder herself at the heart of a murder investigation she has to take a strong look at her life and what left her in this vulnerable situation. Out at sea, Lena has to help solve the crime to exonerate herself. How can she do this when she is al alone without anyone to vouch for her?

Miss Aldridge Regrets is a cosy crime novel set at sea. It is one of those novels that you can pick up and put down without overthinking things and getting too stressed out. It had layers to it. Besides looking at the underbelly of crime it also looked at racial issues during the 1920s. It was a brilliant amalgamation of contentious issues along side a crime story.

A really enjoyable read.

Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare is available now.

For more information regarding Louise Hare (@LouRHare) please www.louisehare.com.

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Title: The Maid

Author: Nita Prose

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

I am your maid. 

I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry. 

But what do you know about me?

Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She’s used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She’s just a maid – why should anyone take notice?

But Molly is thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn’t a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in the hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She’s just a maid – but what can she see that others overlook?

Escapist, charming and introducing a truly original heroine, The Maid is a story about how the truth isn’t always black and white – it’s found in the dirtier, grey areas in between . . .

The Review

I loved The Maid by Nita Prose. There. I have said it. It was one fine murder mystery.

The story centres on Molly, a hardworking maid with exacting standards who works at the Regency Grand Hotel. The more you learn about Molly, the more you see that Molly sees the world in a different way and this makes her colleagues judge Molly. She doesn’t quite fit in. The problem is that this leaves Molly vulnerable.

Alone in the world, Molly has no sounding board and has to judge social situations by herself. When this leads her into serious trouble Molly is left without anyone to rely on. Or does she…

The Maid is an absolute corker of a story. It is, in theory, a cosy crime novel but there were times during this novel that made my heart actually ache. I cared so much for Molly that I hated that she was going through this and I had to remind myself that she is a fictional character.

Honestly, The Maid is one of the best books I have read this year. An absolute must-read for anyone who is a fan of crime.

The Maid by Nita Prose is available now.

For more information regarding Nita Prose (@NitaProse) please visit www.nitaprose.com.

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Title: The Windsor Knot

Author: SJ Bennett

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Zaffre/Bonnier Books

The Blurb

The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties – now available to pre-order in hardback, eBook and audiobook. 

The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, eighty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck.

When the police begin to suspect her loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they are looking in the wrong place. For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her coronation. Away from the public eye, she has a brilliant knack for solving crimes.

With her household’s happiness on the line, her secret must not get out. Can the Queen and her trusted secretary Rozie catch the killer, without getting caught themselves?

The Windsor Knot is the first 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.

The Review

You know what? Life is still a bit pants at the moment. We are still restricted to what we can do (it is June 2021 as I write this) and very little is making me feel good. Enter The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett. This cosy crime is a wonderful story which positions the Queen as a Sherlock Holmes-esque character solving crimes and then going to walk the corgis. It is truly a wonderful read.

SJ Bennett’s mystery takes place at Windsor Castle after a soiree thrown by the queen. One of the quests is found murdered and the police try to solve the crime and keep the salacious gossip out of the papers. Little do they know that the Queen is a dab hand at solving mysteries. The race is on to see who will get to the crux of the murder first.

I really, really enjoyed The Windsor Knot. It was comforting and I finished it hoping against hope that the Queen has enjoyed a spot of crime solving during her years on the thrown. I think it would be truly wonderful

The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett is available now.

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For more information regarding Zaffre (@ZaffreBooks) please visit www.bonnierbooks.co.uk.

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