Every memory holds forbidden places, places of shame or terror not willingly revisited, sometimes merely a cruel word said in haste and never forgotten, a mean or thoughtless action, but sometimes that memory is a monster, foul murder left untried. The year is 1860 and Inspector Faro has been transported back to one of the darkest moments of his career - the chase of the notorious Macheath across the Scottish border to the Kent countryside. Whilst there, Faro meets an old school friend, Erland Flett, who is working alongside the artist William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites whose unconventional lifestyle is a startling revelation. Erland is about to marry a beautiful but mysterious young lady, Lena Hamilton. Faro recognises her as the famous Madeleine Smith, accused of murdering her lover, but never convicted. Now Faro realises that he must apprehend Macheath and save his friend from certain death at the hands of the ruthless Miss Smith - and time is running out.
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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