Death at Buckingham Palace (Her Majesty Investigates Series #1)

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When a young footman dies in unusual circumstances, Jane Bee is skeptical of rumors the death was a suicide. She probes the darkest corners of the royal mansion for clues that will reveal the surprising identity of a murderer stalking the halls of the world's most famous palace.
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Overview

When a young footman dies in unusual circumstances, Jane Bee is skeptical of rumors the death was a suicide. She probes the darkest corners of the royal mansion for clues that will reveal the surprising identity of a murderer stalking the halls of the world's most famous palace.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
When Jane Bee ends up at her aunt's in London, having exhausted her money while traveling through Europe, she's not sure what she'll do next. She hadn't thought it would be as housemaid in the Royal Palace. Polishing the china and sweeping the floors-however royal-isn't much fun, but Jane likes the people and even talks to the Queen, who enlists her help when a footman apparently commits suicide in the Royal Apartments. Of course, it's not quite so simple. Devoted fans of Buckingham Palace may find this amusing, but as a mystery, it's a disappointment. Jane is a rather obvious sleuth, and the Royal revelations she uncovers aren't as scandalous as the real thing. And Jane, as the first-person narrator, becomes annoying, with cutesy comments like 'Mother, of course, that is to say, the Queen, is still doing the queen thing: signing legislation, opening Parliament, entertaining Heads of State.'
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Jane Bee ends up at her aunt's in London, having exhausted her money while traveling through Europe, she's not sure what she'll do next. She hadn't thought it would be as housemaid in the Royal Palace. Polishing the china and sweeping the floors-however royal-isn't much fun, but Jane likes the people and even talks to the Queen, who enlists her help when a footman apparently commits suicide in the Royal Apartments. Of course, it's not quite so simple. Devoted fans of Buckingham Palace may find this amusing, but as a mystery, it's a disappointment. Jane is a rather obvious sleuth, and the Royal revelations she uncovers aren't as scandalous as the real thing. And Jane, as the first-person narrator, becomes annoying, with cutesy comments like "Mother, of course, that is to say, the Queen, is still doing the queen thing: signing legislation, opening Parliament, entertaining Heads of State." (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553574760
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Series: Her Majesty Investigates Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 344,741
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    Fun stuff!

    I really enjoyed this book! There were several situations that had me giggling, while the mystery was very adeptly crafted. As absurd as some of the premises and situations were, the story continued to be believable. The plot moved forward at a nice pace, as well. It looks as the Her Majesty Investigates series only consists of three books. I hope there will be more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2000

    Good series - read all 3 books.

    All 3 books in this series are good, esp. if you've ever fantasized about meeting the Royals. The Queen is portrayed as quite shrewd & not easily conned. The character of Jane Bee is well written. Dear C. C. Benison: PLEASE write more of these books!

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