Review: India Black and The Widow of Windsor by Carol K Carr

Posted October 6, 2011 by Felicia S in 2011 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: India Black and The Widow of Windsor by Carol K CarrSource: Paperback Review Copy

Format: ARC

India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr

Date Read: October 2011

Genre: Historical, Mystery

Black is back! Her Majesty's favorite spy is off to Scotland in this new adventure to ensure the Queen doesn't end up getting killed.
When Queen Victoria attends a sΓ©ance, 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...

More Information:
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Madam of Espionage #2


Read for Review (Publisher)
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.50
Character Rating 4.50

NOTE: I am going to admit upfront that I love the character of India Black. She is unique, snarky, smart, and sassy! She is a huge reason I find these books so enjoyable.

What I Loved: Characters, Characters, Characters! French and India have the best exchanges (barbs,quips, and debates). They are an absolute joy to read and I find myself loving the moments they share in the story. The end, left me going “oh my, how is this going to go” and now I am patiently (or not) waiting for book 3. I am also loving the character Vincent more. He brings a unique type of vibe to the story and I love how French kind of “mentors” (for lack of a better word) him.

What I Liked: The espionage story was stronger in the Widow of Windsor story. It was fantastic the way that Carol Carr weaved in historical facts with some really fun fiction. I also enjoyed the character the marchioness—she was a hoot. Every time she said India’s name wrong or went on a diatribe, I was in giggles. I thought she and India made quite the pair. Flora was also very fun with all her gossip but mostly I liked her POV.

Complaints: A little over descriptive at times but it didn’t take away from the story. It did help me to visualize what the characters were seeing and feeling.

Why I gave it a 4.00: Carol Carr writes really great characters! While the espionage story was a little predictable, the characters keep you entertained and engaged. I will be not so patiently waiting on book 3.


FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
4.5 / 5
Felicia S
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10 responses to “Review: India Black and The Widow of Windsor by Carol K Carr

  1. Tara SG (25 Hour Boo

    Adding another series to the TBR… and sadly I'm with Missie and Amanda, can I pretend it's educational?

  2. Aisle B

    I can't wait to rip into my copy! All the more reason to start now πŸ™‚ Love India and Carol the mastermind behind it all πŸ™‚

  3. Kristi The Book Faer

    I have not read this series! I can't believe I haven't heard of it, by the sounds of it, it's right up my alley :o]I'm off and running for the first in the series!Thanks, Chica :o]

  4. Melissa (Books and T

    I love the sound of that character. I think I'd really like this series too. Snarky and smart… I just can't resist! To read in order or not to read in order… that may be my question left to think about… LOL

  5. Diana (Book of Secre

    All that I know about British history, I learned from Virginia Henley. *g* I love the fact/fiction combo too. I've got this one on my wishlist!

  6. Amanda

    A historical with espionage and great characters? Oh, yes, please!PS. I'm with Missie about learning history. πŸ™‚

  7. Jenny

    I think India is a character that I'm going to fall in love with. A snarky, sassy girl always makes for entertaining reading for me! I'll have to go back and pick up book one, thanks Felicia!

  8. Missie

    Well, this sounds like a really fun series. I love it when historical facts are mixed in with fiction. It's the only way I like to learn about history. LOL