India Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage, #2) by Carol K. Carr

India Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage, #2)

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,...

Details India Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage, #2)

TitleIndia Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage, #2)
Release DateOct 4th, 2011
PublisherBerkley Prime Crime
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Victorian, Fiction, Romance

Reviews India Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madam of Espionage, #2)

  • Holly
    First off: I WANT the dress on the cover of this book!! I love it!! And second: I love India! Love her snarky, dry wit. Several times I found myself laughing or smirking from what India does or says. Also, I want to know French better. So glad I stumbled upon this series.
  • Tracy
    3.5 stars. I actually love the premise of this series and I love India Black as a character. I would give her alone 5 stars. I simply found this second book to be a bit too detailed, too much blah - blah that slowed the story down. It causes me to feel bored, my attention to wander, etc. I did overall enjoy the story and I will continue with the series. It would just help, in my humble opinion, to make the storyline more A to B.
  • Elysium
    When Queen Victoria suddenly decides to spend her Christmas in Scotland, the prime minister gets worried that nationalists try to assassinate the queen. He enlists the help of India and French to prevent that from happening. India will play the part of housemaid to an old marchioness who spends most of her waking hours snuffing anything possible.Finally I got to read the second book! And it didn’t disappoint me! Can’t believe it took me so lo...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    I've been waiting for this book pretty much from the minute I finished the first one, and I'm thrilled to say it's a happy reunion.  Everything I loved from the first book -- the humor, the banter, the historical detail, the action scenes, India -- was in this book and I gobbled it up. Again reprising her role as a Victorian Bond Girl, India is enlisted to go undercover to Balmoral, where Queen Victoria is spending Christmas (rather unusually). ...
  • Tim Hicks
    Disappointing. Book 1 showed us a clever character who can run a business, deal with people, and face danger. Book 2 gives us a snobbish ditherer who spends half the book admiring muscular calves. She seems less intelligent, shallower, and much more judgmental. This Berkley Prime Crime edition was badly in need of a copy editor; when I got to 16 major corrections I stopped counting, and I wasn't halfway. Speaking of halfway, the first 170 pages o...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!4.25 out of 5India Black returns for a second outing - true to form, and full of the same humor and wit that made her so memorable and damned fun in the first novel. While I found this second in the series to be just slightly below the level of the first, India Black and the Widow of Windsor is still a highly entertaining, genuinely fun, and interesting new historical mystery. Here in round number two as...
  • Laura Lee
    Loads of fun! India pretends to be a ladies maid for a guest at Christmas at Balmoral. The Scots are rebelling and want the Queen dead. Poor Vicky! India and French save the day and India finds out a little something about her deceased mother.
  • Abby
    Ok so...what was with the author's obsession with describing the marchioness' sneezing? It was always so detailed and gross! Not a chapter went by that it wasn't brought up at least twice. This would have been a much better book if the plot didn't have to take a back seat to an old lady's addiction to snuff. I usually try to say at least a few good things about every book, but less than halfway in I couldn't wait for it to end so I wouldn't have ...
  • Althea Ann
    Picked this up because I saw it described as a fun, light read. I wasn't feeling well, and thought it might be nice to read while lying in bed. Unfortunately, I found reading it to be a tedious chore, interspersed with moments of serious aggravation. Our heroine, India Black is supposed to be the proprietress of a brothel. It's nothing more than a gimmick, because we never see her acting as such. She makes a few callous remarks regarding her "slu...
  • Misfit
    3.5 stars"And so my life as a lady's maid began."India Black is back in book two, and she's just as feisty and irreverent as ever. Queen Victoria is convinced that Albert's ghost wants her to join him in Scotland at Balmoral castle, but there's a slight hitch as it seems there's a plot afoot to off the Queen and free Scotland. Disraeli (Dizzy) calls in French and India to go under cover and stop the evil doers and they're soon on their way to Sco...
  • Blodeuedd Finland
    I do think I liked this even better than book 1. It might have been the downstairs/upstairs things ;)Right, so our favorite brothel owner has been sent to Scotland. There she will play the part of a servant. Being a former whore, India does know how to act and get information. Sure she is not the best all the time, but who would be that when put in a situation like this without any schooling. So I like her.French is there too playing the bored ar...
  • Gail
    India Black finds herself drafted again to assist Prime Minister Disraeli in foiling a plots against the Crown and the government. This time, it is a radical Scots independence group threatening to assisinate Queen Victoria. Both French, the mysterious and attractive government agent and the odiferous imp, Vincent, are there as well. They travel to Balmoral castle as a ne'er do well fop, a ladies maid and a stable boy to uncover the plot. Another...
  • Veronica
    The second installment in the India Black series didn't quite live up to its predecessor but it was still a good read. As the events all took place at Balmoral Castle, as India, French, and Vincent try to ferret out a nationalist plot to assassinate the Queen, it lacked some of the sense of adventure that the first novel had. India remains an entertaining, smart heroine however and her interactions with French continue to intrigue. Speaking of Fr...
  • Kathleen
    I still love India Black. She's still tons of fun, still unapologetically a whore (or, well, a madam really), still extremely funny, and still does not give a fuck what anyone thinks of her. Also, the marchioness in this book is AMAZING, full stop. An elderly woman who knows all and attempts to hint to her dumb-as-bricks co-collaborators? And sprays snuff on the Queen of England? YES PLEASE.Seriously, this is funny, apparently historically accura...
  • Renee
    This is a fun, witty series that reminds me a bit of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Gray books. I love the mild sexual tension between India and French as well as the mystery and I will admit I couldn't quite figure out who the potential assassin was. All in all in spite of some coarse language, this series is very entertaining and great to read if you don't have a lot of time to devote to reading. This was definitely and improvement on book one.
  • Susie
    This book was so much better than the first one! India, French and Vincent get sent to Balmoral to try and stop a plot to kill the queen. This time around, India and French have some sexual tension building up - and maybe more on his part than on hers. The mystery was good - I didn't see it coming until the end and I enjoyed the new characters introduced. Looking forward to reading more and finding out about India's mother.
  • Foggygirl
    A very entertaining read, at times laugh out loud funny. No joke, my family gave me odd looks when I would suddenly start cackling at something in the book which incidentally happened a lot with these characters, loved the Marchioness and her penchant for snuff. I think that I have found a new favourite author.
  • Melodie
    India's gone to Scotland with Queen Victoria to spend Christmas at Balmoral. Disraeli suspects someone is out to kill the old girl, so India and French are sent to look after her. If you like a good historical mystery with a cheeky heroine, this one may be for you! Recommend!
  • Angela
    Loved this book. It had some really funny moments and the Marchioness was such a hoot. India Black working as an agent for the British Government might be just the perfect ingredient for trying to solve a crime. I use the word trying as sometimes the results aren't quite what you expect.
  • Summer
    I loved this just as much as the first book, my only complaint is that at times India can be a bit snobbish and judgmental.
  • Ruby Bibi
    -A very enjoyable adventure in late 19th Century England of the additional adventures of India Black, a proprietress of an upscale house of ill repute, accompanied by a government agent, known only as French. As in the first book, the heroine retains her wit and sarcasm, and the author has done an even better job with the story line than the first book in the series, which introduced us to the main characters.-In the first book, India was brought...
  • Cathy Sprankle
    The last book I read before this was a painfully self-important piece of literary fiction, and this was the perfect antidote: just a good fun read. Carol Carr names George MacDonald Fraser as one of her influences, and I see a lot of Harry Flashman in India Black's irreverence and opportunism. But I like India better because she runs towards trouble while Flashman tends to run away, and she is (somewhat) more principled. This book had a few holes...
  • Katherine
    I find thus series frustrating. On one hand I enjoy the ambience of the setting and the thriller type espionage but I find India herself to be incredibly annoying.She has this weird blinkered view on life and is whiny with very few redeeming features and is generally an idiot.Also I find the writing of the book to be mildly irritating too, the accents ring false (but I rarely get on with accents transcribed that way) and the slang word choice was...
  • Janet McCord
    I have had this sitting on my shelf for too long. I had bought it almost immediately after reading the first book in the series because I enjoyed it so very much. This second book is as good and absorbing as I remember the first one being. This time India and Co. are off to Balmoral in Scotland to celebrate Christmas with Queen Victoria. OF COURSE there is a plot to assassinate the Queen by Scottish nationalists that India and French must foil. T...
  • Jo Anne
    This is Book 2 of the India Black series. The story takes place at Balmoral castle. There is a plot to murder Queen Victoria so India, French and Vincent travel to Scotland to protect the queen and find out who wants her dead.I didn't enjoy this book as much as I liked Book #1. India is the same smart-mouth which I enjoy but there was just something missing. Most of the plot was of India pretending to be a maid to an ancient Scottish aristocrat. ...
  • Melita Sheppard
    I really enjoyed is second outing of India Black. Queen Victoria is convinced that Prince Albert wants her to go to Scotland for Christmas. Disraeli, PM at the time heard rumours of an assasination and asked her to help him and his private secretary French to prevent it. All in it was a really good read. Kept a better plot than book one, the characters are being defined better. Had to quickly order next one in series from Amazon!
  • Richa
    This was a nice, fast paced, suspence thriller. The narrative and the protagonist are really amusing. Carr has a knack of explaining boring long stories in a concise and amusing manner, making it a fun read instead of droll. The suspence wasn't much of a suspence, since as the Marchioness says it, too many clues were liberally strewn across the story. I guessed the culprit early on. Even so, a nice light read.
  • Bree T
    In the second volume of the Madam of Espionage series, India Black is back. This time she’s summoned to a meeting with Benjamin Disraeli, the Prime Minister of England. Queen Victoria, who has been consulting mediums to try and keep in touch with her dead husband Albert, has been isntructed that Albert wishes her to spend Christmas at Balmoral, their Scottish pile. Disraeli has received intelligence that the Scots, who are seeking independence,...
  • Lia
    Not as enticing as the first novel and a lot of the time I felt tired for, who seemed to run non stop on 1 hour of sleep for 2 weeks. There was a lot of 'cove' and nasty descriptions of snuff in this book. I've already checked out the third book from the library, or else I likely wouldn't have sent out for it.
  • Muzmuz
    Oh my India This time India travels to Scotland in order to protect the Queen from am attempted assassination... what's between trying to figure out who is behind it, battling to keep the marchioness in line and bickering endlessly with French... you just can't keep the book down....Can't wait to read to next one.