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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (15 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749082445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749082444
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alanna Knight MBE was born on Tyneside of Scots-Irish parentage. Her first award-winning novel 'Legend of the Loch' was published in 1969 and she has now written more than sixty novels (including sixteen in the acclaimed Inspector Faro series and seven featuring his daughter Rose McQuinn). In an impressive writing career spanning over forty years she began with historical novels and in 1988 launched into historical crime with Inspector Faro and his daughter Rose. All are available as e-books.

She also wrote a series of books about Tam Eildor, a time-travelling detective, and Alanna is a life-long fan and an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson. In 'A Violent Passion' she writes about his marriage to Fanny Osbourne. This is also available in e-books.

Alanna lives in Edinburgh, beneath Arthur's Seat, in the dramatic surroundings of Scottish history. A founding member and Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Writers and the Edinburgh Writers' Club and member of Crime writers' Association, she enjoys researching her books, loves travelling, walking, painting and talking to readers in libraries.

In 2014 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.

Her books, also in large print and audio rate, are amongst the most borrowed.

Praise from Ian Rankin:' Alanna Knight could hardly be better with a crime novelist's insight into motive and aftermath.'

For more information, photos, etc. see www.alannaknight.com

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'Taut with tension and an air of authority that stems from Knight's expertise in Scottish history' Irish Times 'An ideal blend of history and mystery...a marvellously rich entertainment' Mat Coward

About the Author

Alanna Knight was born and educated in Tyneside, and now lives in Edinburgh. Since the publication of her first book in 1969, Alanna Knight has written more than forty novels (including eleven in the successful Inspector Faro series), four works of non-fiction, numerous short stories and two plays. She is a founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers and Convener of the Scottish Chapter of the Crime Writers' Association and gives talks through the Writers' Register of the Scottish Book Trust.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Hayes on 2 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
When Rose McQuinn finds the dead body of a woman on Arthur's Seat, she is relieved when she sees a constable in the vicinity and leads him to the body. He gives his name as PC Smith. He does not impress Rose, who being the daughter of the famous Chief Inspector Jeremy Faro of the Edinburgh City Police, Rose knows how a PC should conduct himself. However, not wanting to get a new recruit into trouble she does not mention this when she enquires into the matter with her friend and sometime lover Sergeant Jack Macmerry. But no dead body has been reported and Jack cannot recall a PC Smith.
Set in 1895, I liked Rose very much. She calls herself a lady investigator and although she enjoys a relationship with Jack Macmerry, in her heart she stays true to Danny McQuinn, her husband missing in Arizona. It in part explains her friendship with Auld Rory, old soldier and gentleman of the road., seeking his missing son presumed dead. Unable to accept Jack's proposal, Rose has thrown Nancy, a relative of their family's housekeeper Mrs Brook, in Jack's path. This ploy has worked rather too well as Nancy is in love with Jack, who in turn seems to be taking a great delight in her company, much to the confusion of Rose, who is now not quite sure what she feels about this.
Although, Jack provides a list of missing females, which Rose investigates, she is soon chasing a different avenue of enquiry. But there are surprises in store.
Written with sensitivity and a convincing knowledge of the era, I look forward to reading more of Rose McQuinn.
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Lizzie Hayes
This is the second in the Rose McQuinn series. The first book is entitled The Inspector's Daughter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Elizabeth R. Ray on 3 July 2013
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This is a good story with a Scottish Victorian background. It is part of a family story following the detectives in each generation. It can be read on its own but offers more if you follow the series. "Inspector Faro" and "Rosie McQuinn"
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By Heather on 13 Feb. 2014
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I like Alanna Knight's books as they're good light reading for when I'm too tired to concentrate on something academic that I would normally read for work.
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I always enjoy Rose McQuinn stories, the plots are easy to follow with a few but strong characters. Recommended read!
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Very Entertaining Victorian Era Mystery 1 May 2013
By James Dainis - Published on Amazon.com
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I find the Rose McQuinn mysteries to be very entertaining. Author Alanna Knight does a good job of making the characters and dialogue real and interesting. The look that one gets into life in Edinburgh during the Victorian era is also quite interesting.

While out for a stroll one morning Rose discovers the body of a dead woman. She reports it to a nearby constable but later she finds that the body and the constable have vanished. No one believes her and so she is determined to solve the mystery herself. Ms Knight then does a good job of putting minor mysteries in the story to keep the reader wondering along with the suspense of the main murder mystery. Why is her vagabond friend, Rory, estranged from his son? Where are these other woman who have disappeared and may be the murder victim? All will be revealed. Hopefully.

I am usually a few pages ahead of Rose in determining who the prime suspect is. How can she not see it? But then, when she does get on his trail, I find that I am wrong. That makes for a great mystery novel as does the surprise ending and Rose's handling of the situation.
I enjoy these mysteries. 28 Mar. 2014
By Virginia Barnhart - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy the Rose McQuinn mysteries--I am a little dubious about the dog that comes & goes, but the stories are fairly good. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.
worth twice the price!!!!!!!! 26 Aug. 2013
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This was a very pleasant book, with a few surprising twists and turns, interesting characters and a lot of nice language.
Good historical mystery 18 Jun. 2013
By JLB-Utah - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not the best mystery I have ever read, but it was entertaining. Ms. Knight does seem to have done her research into the time period.
Rose does it again 11 May 2013
By SonjaK - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read every book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed each one. More please! Rose is a pleasure to follow.
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