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A Murder at Balmoral by Chris McGeorge
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A Murder at Balmoral (edition 2022)

by Chris McGeorge (Author)

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The Crown The king is dead. The killer is in the family. Solving this murder will be a royal pain. The royal family has gathered at their Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle, for a traditional Christmas. As a blizzard gathers outside and a delicious dinner is prepared, the family circles up for a holiday toast. King Eric has something momentous to sayâ??in fact, he is about to name his successor. But as he raises a glass of his favorite whiskey, he drops dead. The king has been poisoned, someone in the family must have done it, and each one of them had opportunity and motive. Ericâ??s beloved head chef, Jonathan, must now play detective. Why would one of the king's own family members want to kill him, and how did they do it? What happens in the castle usually stays in the castle, but this secret might be too big for these battlements. Jon is determined to expose the truth, even if it puts him in a killerâ??s crosshairsâ??and shakes the entire monarchy… (more)
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Title:A Murder at Balmoral
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Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2022), 384 pages
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This was a lot of fun! It’s set in an alternate timeline where King Eric, one of the progeny of Edward VIII (who didn’t abdicate) is monarch. Eric wants a family Christmas at Balmoral so he dispenses with all the staff except chef and security chief. And of course there is a snowstorm that confines everyone, setting the perfect scene for a locked room murder. The security chief is missing, leaving the chef to investigate. My copy was an audiobook narrated by David George whose delightful voice sounds suspiciously like King Charles. I hope to find more by McGeorge. ( )
  VivienneR | Feb 21, 2024 |
Great characters and fictional world. A little slow on the murder solving and missed clues though ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
This was a nice surprise of a mystery. Imagine the royal family sending away most of the staff while celebrating Christmas at Balmoral, save for the head of security and a chef. Then imagine the blizzard that turns the castle into a locked room mystery. And in another fun twist, these Windsors are the line that would have occurred if Edward had not been able to abdicate. Chef Jonathan Alleyne is tapped by the Royal Family to discover who may have killed beloeved King Eric as he toasted the family with the beginning of his Christmas speech. It's already explained that he has changed the rules for succession, so the twists and red herrings to discover how the murder happened were numerous and not always easy to guess. ( )
  ethel55 | May 24, 2023 |
The book is set in present day on an alternate timeline where Edward VIII didn’t abdicate. Jonathan Alleyne is a chef in King Eric Windsor's kitchens. He is from Barbados and immigrated to England to pursue cooking. One Christmas King Eric decided to have a family Christmas only and released all of the servants with the exception of Jonathan and his security chief, Tony Speck. The king planned to give a speech altering the station of the royals but drops dead from apparently poisoned whiskey. Only King Eric's family, younger brother, wife, two daughters with one husband, and two grandsons are left to celebrate Christmas served by their longtime Chef Jon. Since they are the only people in the castle, Chef Jon is nominated to find the killer, who has to be one of the family since there is no one else there. ( )
  baughga | Jan 4, 2023 |
A Murder at Balmoral is Chris McGeorge's new 'locked room' mystery. I absolutely adore this format!

The setting is of course, the Royal Castle at Balmoral. McGeorge's Royal Family is fiction, based on Edward VIII not abdicating the throne. One of his progeny - Eric - is the current King. Although, there are a few sly similarities to some current Royals. (But no disrespect in regards to the recent passing of the Queen)

It's Christmas and the King has directed that his immediate family come to Balmoral for the holidays. The staff are sent home - excepting the head of security and Jon, the chef. And what else is needed for that locked room mystery? A blizzard of course, which completely cuts off anyone coming in or going out.

From the publisher's description: "The king is dead. The killer is in the family. Solving this murder will be a royal pain."

The book is told through Jon's eyes, ears and actions. He is to act as the de facto investigator as directed by the other family members. Here's where the Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot feel kicks in. He begins with individual interviews. But he really doesn't know what to ask. Jon has his work cut out, trying to still wear his chef's hat, remember his station - oft reminded by some of the Royals - and enduring some blatant racism. Where things go next is influenced by many unexpected twists and turns. Some of them are a bit unbelievable, but just go with it - those somewhat over the top moments make the book a lot of fun to read.

The culprit is indeed known by the end chapters. But the whodunit and epilogue surprised me with a situation that there's no way to predict. And the prologue now made sense to me.

I enjoyed A Murder at Balmoral. McGeorge is a new to me author and I'll happily pick up his next title. ( )
1 vote Twink | Oct 27, 2022 |
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The Crown The king is dead. The killer is in the family. Solving this murder will be a royal pain. The royal family has gathered at their Scottish retreat, Balmoral Castle, for a traditional Christmas. As a blizzard gathers outside and a delicious dinner is prepared, the family circles up for a holiday toast. King Eric has something momentous to sayâ??in fact, he is about to name his successor. But as he raises a glass of his favorite whiskey, he drops dead. The king has been poisoned, someone in the family must have done it, and each one of them had opportunity and motive. Ericâ??s beloved head chef, Jonathan, must now play detective. Why would one of the king's own family members want to kill him, and how did they do it? What happens in the castle usually stays in the castle, but this secret might be too big for these battlements. Jon is determined to expose the truth, even if it puts him in a killerâ??s crosshairsâ??and shakes the entire monarchy

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