India Black and The Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage #2)
by Carol K Carr
published by Berkley Prime Crime
genre: Adult, Historical, Mystery
Summary (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...
My Thought: There were a few problems with the first book but I decided to give this one a chance. I liked this one much more. It might have been because this was filled with more court intrigue rather than just political ones.
India is no longer happy just being the owner of a brothel. She is ready for an adventure and Dizzy and French pull her into another one. This time they are trying to find out who is trying to assassinate the Queen while she is taking holiday in Scotland.
While French covers the royal court, India is stuck as a lady maid to a Marchioness ( I messed up this title every time I read it). The Marchioness might have been my favorite side character. Her need to stick any powder close by up her nose created some very interesting situations. She was also one of the smarter members of the court, figuring out what was going on before anyone else.
Overall, this had everything I was looking for in this cross genre. Scandalous rendezvous, randy royal princes, servant gossip, and of course some really bad (and one good) assassination attempts on the Queen. I'm looking forward to seeing how much trouble India, French, and Vincent can get into next.