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A Murder at Balmoral

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I afraid this book was too preposterous for me to enjoy. The author would have been better served by making the family royals of a fictional country or doing away with the royal aspect all together. Making the family the descendants of Edward VIII was a choice that didn’t feel like it paid narrative dividends. The writing needed another round of polishing.

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A Murder at Balmoral by Chris McGeorge is a great murder/mystery set in the infamous Balmoral castle.

This is a great murder/mystery set up in the classic who-dunnit style. It is Christmas, and a blizzard has stranded and isolated the Royal family (an alternative royal family with a few notes of similarity in family structure only) and King Eric has requested the family and personal chef, Jon, be the only remaining inhabitants. The King is enigmatic on why he has requested this arrangement, but before all secrets can be revealed, the King dies in a mysterious death. Now going back over the day in reflection, Jon is tasked with solving the murder, revealing the culprit, and getting out alive.

Moderate pacing, a few surprises, and a very intriguing ending. Very enjoyable read that I recommend.

4/5 stars

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A fun engaging mystery with a hero easy to root for in the midst of a truly foul bunch of royals.

The conceit of a snowed in royal family, each with a motive to kill the king was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the book although I am not sure it quite meets the requirements of fair play in the end. Overall, I would recommend it to other mystery lovers as a good vacation read.

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