When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen-and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands.
French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests-and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty's last Christmas...
It feels like I've been reading this book forever...not because the plot was slow and the book was awful, I just couldn't find the time to read. Anyway, I made time to read and I'm happy that I did. It was the break I needed and the story itself was pretty good.
India, French and Vincent are headed to Balmoral in Scotland to uncover the people that are involved in the plan to assassinate the Queen. India is posing as a lady's maid, while French is a guest, and Vincent working in the background. India is the lady's maid to the Dowager Marchioness of Tullibardine, and let's just say the woman is quite the character, enjoyed her and she definitely kept India on her toes. I loved the twists and turns on the book which help the flow of the story. I loved the way that author described the Scottish setting and how she incorporated the traditions of Scots and also the anger and resentment towards the Queen and the English. What was most surprising was the leader of the Marischal was, I was completely taken a back...Wow! I didn't see that one coming.
I feel that this book is a very good continuation of the Madam of Espionage Mystery series, you can find my thoughts on the first book, India Black, here.
India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr (4/5) Historical Mystery; Published: Berkley Prime Crime (10/2011); Series: # 2, Madam of Espionage; Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2013 (4); Library; Books 2013 (9);