Image of India Black and the Widow of Windsor (A Madam of Espionage Mystery)

INDIA BLACK AND THE WIDOW OF WINDSOR

Image of India Black and the Widow of Windsor (A Madam of Espionage Mystery)
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Carr’s second India Black novel is fast, entertaining and funny as well as an engaging mystery. While definitely aiming for humor and excitement rather than realism, there is a clear amount of history worked in so both India and the audience can understand the plot and the Victorian position of the servants and lower classes is brought out.

Queen Victoria is lured by the words of a deceptive medium into holding Christmas at Balmoral, her Scottish home. Off go her selected guests, including Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who has called British spy Mr. French and India Black in to work undercover. Scotland’s independence movement is heating up and the queen’s life has been threatened. French is pretending to be a drunken fop in Crown Prince Edward’s circle and India is attached as a lady’s maid to the Dowager Marchioness of Tullibardine. Investigating while serving the woman, tromping through the winding halls of the castle, finding secret passages and trying to separate friends from enemies leaves India exhausted but triumphant. (PRIME CRIME, Oct., 320 pp., $14.00)
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Page Traynor