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4.0 out of 5 stars Spicy mix for a great winter read
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Orkney Magic
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...
Published on 28 Dec. 2008 by MeMyself


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2.0 out of 5 stars No Orkney Magic, 28 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: An Orkney Murder (Rose McQuinn Mysteries) (Paperback)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars why stepbrother?, 23 Dec. 2014
Sometimes when reading a book something irritates beyond reason.....in this one - in fact in the whole series - it's the erroneous use of 'stepbrother' for half-brother. Does the author not realise that these are entirely different relationships? The stories themselves are well written if slightly predictable, and the language used modern but acceptable as an alternative to a stilted attempt at late Victorian speech, but the basic family relationship error is driving me bananas!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spicy mix for a great winter read, 10 Nov. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD, 6 Sept. 2013
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This was up to the standard you expect from this author. Taking Rose Quinn back to her roots you can almost hear, feel and smell the Orkney Isles. Very descriptive of both characters and local area it makes you feel you are taking part in the story line. As usual there was always the unexpected twist. I love to try to work out 'who done it', but it's never as obvious as it appears with Alanna Knight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Author knows how to write a mystery, 12 Jun. 2014
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Dr. Ian Mertling-blake "I M-B" (Wester Ross, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, 7 April 2013
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Classic crime in the best tradition, nicely written with a real sense of place and character. very sucessful historical details, particularly
the cultural mores.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A revisit to Orkney., 19 May 2013
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I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to reading others in this series. I suppose it helped that I had visited Orkney but I also liked Rose's methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner, 10 Jan. 2013
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Ms. J. M. Parkes "J.P" (London) - See all my reviews
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I always enjoy Alanna Knight books, they're a good read with a slightly quirky supernatural feel in the shape of Thane the mysterious dog.
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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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