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Summary

The delightfully clever mystery in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves a murder at Buckingham Palace, expertly narrated by Samantha Bond (Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Downton Abbey, The Queen and I, The Queen, Home Fires).

Queen Elizabeth II is having a royal nightmare.

A referendum divides the nation, a tumultuous election grips the United States - and the body of a staff member is found dead beside Buckingham Palace swimming pool.

Is it a tragic accident, as the police think? Or is something more sinister going on?

As Her Majesty looks for answers, her trusted assistant, Rozie, is on the trail of a treasured painting that once hung outside the queen's bedroom.

But when Rozie receives a threatening anonymous letter, Elizabeth knows dark forces are at work - and far too close to home. After all, though the staff and public may not realise it, she is the keenest sleuth among them. Sometimes, it takes a queen's eye to see connections where no one else can....

Agatha Christie meets The Crown in A Three Dog Problem, the much-anticipated second book in the Her Majesty the Queen Investigates mystery series by SJ Bennett - for fans of The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Agatha Christie and M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin. 

©2021 SJ Bennett (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

"A pitch-perfect murder mystery." (Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark, Dark Wood

"Delightfully charming." (Adele Parks, author of I Invited Her In)  

"Written with wit and brio." (Daily Express)

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Wonderful!

I love these stories by SJ Bennett and I cannot wait for the third in the series! They are beautifully read by Samantha Bond who is really the perfect narrator for anything HRM. Please keep writing them :-)

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Great except for pronunciation of Scottish words

Really enjoyed this book …great characters and moves along at a cracking pace. Narration excellent except that perhaps she should have taken the trouble to find out how Scottish words are pronounced before attempting them.

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Excellent Loved it!

Really good modern day, smuggling turned insurance fraud and murder caper. Love the idea of HRM in the palaces solving crime. And if Samantha Bond puts her voice to it, you know that's the stamp of excellence 👏🏾 ✨️

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Exquisite! Well written and flawlessly read!

This book is such a treat - beautifully written, exquisitely narrated, full of masterfully crafted characters, the narrative voice gentle yet razor-sharp. I've never cared much for the royal family but SJ Bennett managed to draw such a fascinating portrait of the Queen, her family and the hordes of people working for 'the Firm' that I am now quite intrigued. Most enjoyable and highly recommended!

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Queening it

This is the second book in the series and the second I’ve read. I’ve found them hugely enjoyable; different, well paced and told, exciting at times and with relatable characters, unlikely though that may sound.

I’m well aware that it’s fiction, but I feel it gives some insight into someone (HM the Q) who has very little down time, very little privacy and who is restricted, both by protocol and prudence, to saying little more than, ‘oh dear’ and ‘how interesting’, and therefore being able to express very little. I don’t think there are many of us (witness social media) who could practise that level of restraint & self control for a day, never mind a long lifetime & with all the background & historical knowledge the Queen (real or fictionalised) must have. Thought provoking, as well as fun.

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Interesting premise, nicely written but gawd awful slow. Won’t be reading more of these, too boring. Caricatures of the Royals too.

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Most enjoyable

This is a series l hadn't heard before, l am very happy to have found it..it flows. Well with lots of intrigue and bodies. These are 'nice' not sordid or in your face. I wonder if the queen has ever read/ heard these books, l am sure she would be amused.Beautifully read by Samantha Bond who managed to really convey the feeling of real characters. Looking forward to the next in series.

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Great fun

A mix of fact, supposition and fiction - all wrapped in a mystery. Marvellous light listening.

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Really enjoyed this book. The plot was brilliant and the detective work fantastic. Can't wait for the next one.

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Praise to the author and Samantha Bond

If you're looking for an easy read/listen then 'A Three Dog Problem' and it's prequel 'The Windsor Knot' should be at the top of your list!
The whole idea that the Queen should be a very real Sherlock Holmes behind The Palace doors is both ludicrous and brilliant. Bennett draws you in by cleverly melding genuine real life facts, people and places with all the mystery and suspense a true crime story deserves.

The choice of Samantha Bond as the narrator is excellent what with her very British accent especially if you can't get out of your head her role as Miss MoneyPenny in the 007 movies.