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Alanna Knight
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12 Oct 2009 Inspector Faro
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.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (12 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749007974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749007973
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 990,921 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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'Alanna Knight could hardly be better' Ian Rankin

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4.0 out of 5 stars murder in paradise 11 Oct 2013
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good stories and great characters, what's not to like.I will certainly buy more of these products. Certainly recommend these to all my friends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Faro is inept in this story !! 18 Mar 2011
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I have always enjoyed reading Alanna Knight's books, from her early work in the 1970's through to the Rose McQuinn mysteries, but this book really disappoints.

It is a recent book, but has Inspector Faro recall one of his early cases.
He is on assignment in England and is confronted by several mysteries.

One involves his fear that a friend will be murdered. However, he does absolutely nothing to prevent this from happening. Even when he has evidence in his hands, he lets it go without investigating.

The other mysteries, as he suspects, are all tied together, involving a criminal's convoluted, and often inexplicable, actions. Even though Faro figures it all out, again, he does not take proper action.

Instead of checking out the place he suspects the criminal is hiding, he allows himself to fall into several traps. Then, instead of informing fellow law enforcement officers what he knows, he just sits there, quietly, for days, until he, himself, is nearly killed.

Saving the day is someone who really has no part in the narrative. A very contrived ending.

I thought Inspector Faro is supposed to be a great detective. Why then is he portrayed as being so inept??!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Further Back into the Past 29 May 2014
By Monnie Bess - Published on
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At a social event, Inspector Faro sees a painting of a beautiful woman he once knew - a woman he believes got away with murder. From that point, Alanna Knight expertly takes the reader back to the early police life of a 27-year-old Faro, who is stunned to find the unproven murderess has changed her name and is about to marry an infatuated school chum of his. But that resighting occurs during a supposed wild goose chase for an escaped prisoner. The inspector has a clear cut case of deception on his hands, no matter which way he turns.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Alanna Knight's standards 27 Oct 2013
By muse948 - Published on
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I have read every Inspector Faro book and loved them all. This one really is disappointing. I'm not sure if it is terrible editing, lack of proper punctuation, or just the story itself, but I returned it because it was almost unreadable. I was so excited to read this latest in the series, but I couldn't even get past the 2nd chapter. I hope the next one is back to Alanna Knight's usual high standards !
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Faro rating 15 Sep 2013
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I am a Detective/Murder/Mystery aficionado, and, I must say, the Inspector Faro stories are up there with Midsomer Murders and the other British works I so enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Paradise 25 April 2013
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Alanna Knight is my newer favorite author, She is descriptive and inventive in her writing style. I llok for her newest book.
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