This book was like a big hot pot of tea and a warm fuzzy blanket by the fire.
It's a mystery about a princess, a palace, and some high society folks. There's a monkey, pigeons, doctors, and magicians. It's got murder and of course a solution. Everything you need in a good book.
This book was full of tenderness, colorful characters, plot twists, and wonderful writing. Happily, I didn't solve the mystery before it was revealed. I did discover some of the twists early but that is always okay. I like being kept on my toes. As far as mysteries go, it was on the lighter side, more of an Agatha Christie type than a serious, dark one.
It was very well written, like the author was creating a painting with her words. Everything was so well described it was lovely. I don't know how else to explain this book without spoiling any of it before you get a chance to read it, but just know its not quite like a lot of other mysteries, it's more of a really good story, almost close to a fairy tale.
I was really happy with this book. I read it in one sitting, but I didn't want it to end. It was very different in my opinion. Usually there's a bit of a pattern that mysteries follow but this one didn't I found it original and really quite great.
Recommendation: Give this a try. It's on my list of one of the best books I've read this year. It surprised me and I really enjoyed reading it!