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An Orkney Murder (A Rose McQuinn Mystery No.3)

An Orkney Murder (A Rose McQuinn Mystery No.3) [Kindle Edition]

Alanna Knight
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'Crime writer extraordinaire' The Scotsman

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A Murderer in the family?
That is the terrifying prospect facing Rose Faro McQuinn, Victorian Lady Detective when archaeologists dig up the preserved corpse of the Maid of Norway, a 13th century princess to find that the body is of a local woman, a member of Rose's family, presumed drowned but brutally murdered and thrown into the peat bog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alanna Knight (9 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00557MJPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars No Orkney Magic 28 Dec 2008
Ms Knight, an accomplished and experienced writer obviously has a successful formula for her books, probably expected by the readers of her over 30 novels. Unfortunately the formula appears to have stifled a great deal of the possibilities in this novel. The beauty and magical breath of the Orkney Islands are lacking; a seal wife, lost princess and troll cave does not add suspense or describe life on these Northern Isles.
Coincidences, necessary for the story, are stretched a bit too far and the continuous use of foreshadowing of later events makes the first half of the book tiresome.
There was little flow and characters appeared only long enough to say a few sentences before disappearing into a study, cottages and without explanation. The answer to this murder mystery was not a surprise and in places the story was slow and over padded, especially when the rather dense heroine runs out of logic. Very disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Author knows how to write a mystery 12 Jun 2014
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Good competent stuff well set in period and plot handled sensibly. Roger Keevil could learn from her how to avoid messing up a worthehile plot by giving chacters silly names.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good descriptive text 5 Feb 2014
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A good storyline and very descriptive of the landscape. I felt I was there! Haven't yet been to orkney but definitely will now
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spicy mix for a great winter read 10 Nov 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
As the plot uncovers more and more, Rose fears for the innocence of those closest to her, but is there the innocence to fear for? Added to the mystery is a great grandmother who she has never heard of, that lives in a small croft, that is more than a 100 years old and was rescued by the sea. Her premonitions are always true, her potions are potent, and she hunches when she walks, dragging her feet behind her into the mist, much like a...

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