Housemaid Jane Bee’s summer duties run to dusting the props for a week of pageantry at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favorite haunt. But the Investiture of the new Knights of the Garter ends up combining pomp with a extremely unpleasant circumstance…. Mild-mannered art curator Roger Pettibon is found dead, a ceremonial sword in his back and a Royal Garter around his knee.
The police are quick to arrest moody Court painter Victor Fabiani, at work on a portrait of the regal face that launched a billion postage stamps. But Fabiani’s confession–despite its story of art forgery and blackmail–doesn’t ring true to Jane. Nor to Her Majesty, who dispatches her on a discreet inquiry among the cream of society gathered for the Ascot races. And, as Jane traces the twisty lineage of more than one family, Windsor’s ancient battlements witness a second death–and their second ordeal in five years, by fire and water….
About C.C. Benison
C. C. BENISON worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Winnipeg Free Press in the 1980s. As an independent writer, he has contributed to numerous magazines, newspapers, and corporate communications. Currently associate editor of Canada’s History magazine, he… More about C.C. Benison