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

Posted October 6th, 2011 by in 2011 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 10 comments

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

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


Date Read: October 2011

Goodreads

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 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...

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


My-Thoughts

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.

Recommended

FTC Disclosure

Overall Rating
4 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
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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 🙂 Love India and Carol the mastermind behind it all 🙂

  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. 🙂

  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

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