One of my very favorite novels of 2012 is now in paper and I think this might be where it really takes off. I think booksellers feel the same way—they made it an Indie Next pick again for the paperback. This is a great feel-good read with enough meat to make for a nice book club talk. I mean, how can you resist a plot where the Queen is depressed and runs away from her day job–and where the author manages to incorporate the Queen quoting Shakespeare’s St, Crispin’s Day speech in a perfectly plausible, triumphant conclusion!
One of my favorite bookseller endorsements from 2012 explains the appeal:
If The Art of Fielding had a baby with The Uncommon Reader, we might get Mrs Queen Takes the Train, a wonderful novel that is simply and utterly a joy to read from beginning to end. Centered around a group of disparate characters who step in to save the day when Queen Elizabeth goes missing, this novel has a light, breezy style, engaging characters, witty dialogue, unlikely yet fully believable situations and brilliant pacing, and while Mrs. Queen is completely enjoyable, it is not fluff. William Kuhn deftly deals with serious topics in an entertaining format. Absolutely delightful!”
–Carol Schneck, Schuler Books, Okemos, MI
Mrs Queen Takes the Train (9780062208293) by William Kuhn. $14.99 trade paper. 10/8/13 on sale.