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7 Oct 2005 Rose McQuinn Mystery
In a desperate attempt to recover from the loss of her husband and her baby son, Rose McQuinn has returned home to Edinburgh from the American Wild West. It seems that everything has moved on in her absence, including her beloved stepbrother who has found favour at court and moved to London. But Rose has little time to ponder - her loneliness before she unwittingly steps into the shoes of her father, the legendary Detective Inspector Faro; by agreeing to investigate the strange behaviour of Matthew Bolton, husband to Rose's childhood friend Alice. Alice is convinced Matthew is having an affair but Rose suspects he may have been involved in something much more sinister - the brutal and still unsolved murder of a servant girl. If Rose continues her investigations surely she will break Alice's heart. But she is her father's daughter, and she cannot resist the urge to discover the truth. From her isolated home at the foot of Arthur's Seat and aided by a wild deerhound who has befriended her, Rose starts to piece things together, until she gets too near the truth and puts her own life in danger.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (7 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749082038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749082031
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alanna Knight 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 totalled seventy. In an impressive writing career spanning over forty years she began with historical novels and in 1988 launched into historical crime with:
1. Victorian Inspector Faro; 2. his daughter Rose McQuinn, are available as e-books.
There is also Tam Eildor, a time-travelling detective and, an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson, 'A Violent Passion' based on his marriage to Fanny Osbourne is available in e-books.

Alanna lives in Edinburgh, in the dramatic surroundings of Scottish history. Founding member and Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Writers and Edinburgh Writers' Club and member of Crime writers' Association, she enjoys research for her books, loves travelling, walking, painting and talking to readers in libraries. Her books, also in large print and audio rate amongst 'most borrowed'.

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

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"'Master of Crime' The Times 'Taut with tension and an air of authority that sterns from Knight's expertise In Scottish history' Irish Times"

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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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Fans of Alanna Knight's books will be delighted to discover that many of her titles are now available in low priced ebook form. Following the success of Alanna's Inspector Faro mysteries, the Rose McQuinn novels feature Rose, the Inspector's daughter. Rose has no intention of following in her famous father's footsteps when she returns to her native Edinburgh from America. Yet how can she resist investigating the unsolved murder of a servant girl when the murderer looks as if it could be the husband of Rose's best friend? The more Rose probes the msytery, the more mysterious it becomes. Dspite threats, attempted rape. and increasing danger, can Rose prove she is her father's daughter in more ways than one? Eerie atmosphere, interesting history, and a magical deerhound which races to Rose's side whenever she needs him. '''Every girl should have one !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Mar 2014
By Spice
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I am glad I found this book, although I wish I had found the series the right way around, although each book is separate, there are some references to previous history of the characters. It didn't stop me enjoying the story. I shall be reading all of Alanna Knights books if and when I can.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best books 20 Jan 2014
By Heather
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Having met Alanna Knight at a workshop at my work I thought it appropriate to read a couple of her books before her arrival. I wasn't overly keen on the Inspector Faro books but enjoyed those written from the perspective of his daughter, Rose McQuinn, as a lady detective. Although these books are the most popular in our libraries my personal taste doesn't usually run to this type of genre, however, as an easy read after a heavy day I would definitely recommend Alanna Knight's books. I would also recommend them to take on holiday. Easy to read but just as easy to forget in this instance unfortunately. It may be because this is one of her early Rose McQuinn stories as I remember the storyline for the Orkney book (I'm hopeless with titles too!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line. 19 Sep 2013
By Ingrid
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I found this story easy to follow - well written and well constructed story line. I had an inkling of 'who dunne it,' early on, but there were enough twists in the story to throw me off the scent for a while, so to speak.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to the series 27 Aug 2013
By Kenny51
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I really enjoy the Inspector Faro books so had modestly high hopes for a series involving his daughter. The writing is as good although for my tastes the central character isn't as strong. That said, I'll probably read others in the series. Ms Knight has a very easy style and her drawing of the landscape and mores of old Edinburgh are excellent.
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