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Two reviews from 'Books Monthly'...

Murders Most Foul

"This is a classic murder mystery with its roots set firmly in the tradition of John Dickson Carr and Agatha Christie -
just the time frame removed to the previous century and with astonishingly good results.
First rate entertainment, and worthy of consideration as a TV drama in my opinion.
Top notch."
 
Deadly Legacy
"Rose McQuinn is Alanna's unofficial private investigator, again working in the Edinburgh of Victorian England,
and again the atmosphere is superbly created and executed - the cover image sums up the narrow,
lonely back streets that Alanna describes, and the story is beautifully crafted and builds at a satisfying pace.
Wonderfully believable characters and a faultless plot.
These stories are crying out for dramatisation."

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The Black Duchess

Black Duchess

Magnificent, proud and with a seabird's grace, the pirate ship Black Duchess joins Spain's ‘Most Holy’ Armada. No less proud, the ship's captain, Don Felipe Flores y Lennox de Montreuse, godson to King Philip of Spain but reared in far-off Scotland beside his English twin-like cousin Amyas Lennox whose face mirrored in his own he would behold through the closing smoke of the sea battle. Certain of victory he could not foresee defeat, nor the stowaway Maeve O'Neill who would teach him the meaning of love - and loss. Nor the dreaded Isles of Orkney, 'the World's End’, where witches conjured up seal people and starving wreckers under a tyrannical ruler preyed on shipwrecked sailors. As a sole survivor, Don Felipe would meet Lady Sibella Stewart with her dark secret and know murder, betrayal and revenge.

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The Most Tragic Tay Bridge Disaster

Tay Bridge

Sunday, December 28, 1879 was a cruel and tragic date in Scottish history. Of the 75 train passengers who plunged to their death when the Tay Bridge collapsed only 25 were recovered from the river’s murky depths.
Among the characters lost, or who by a stroke of fate missed the train, were a cross section of Victorian society; from the wealthy Clara Thoms, whose only concern was that her dinner party had been ruined by this inconvenience to the poor servant lass Rosie, an unmarried mother with a crippled daughter living on the other side of the River Tay.
Then there is Emily, middle-aged spinster with her fantasies involving the local doctor, whose daughter is forbidden to marry a gypsy lad.
And big Nessie, a medium who foresees a terrible calamity that she cannot interpret...
What does destiny hold for them?
Who will board the ill-fated train and who will await its arrival in vain only to know sorry and heartbreak?
Please note - this book formerly published on Kindle as ‘A Drink for the Bridge’.


LATEST!

The Black Duchess

Black Duchess

Magnificent, proud and with a seabird's grace, the pirate ship Black Duchess joins Spain's ‘Most Holy’ Armada. No less proud, the ship's captain, Don Felipe Flores y Lennox de Montreuse, godson to King Philip of Spain but reared in far-off Scotland beside his English twin-like cousin Amyas Lennox whose face mirrored in his own he would behold through the closing smoke of the sea battle. Certain of victory he could not foresee defeat, nor the stowaway Maeve O'Neill who would teach him the meaning of love - and loss. Nor the dreaded Isles of Orkney, 'the World's End’, where witches conjured up seal people and starving wreckers under a tyrannical ruler preyed on shipwrecked sailors. As a sole survivor, Don Felipe would meet Lady Sibella Stewart with her dark secret and know murder, betrayal and revenge.

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The Most Tragic Tay Bridge Disaster

Tay Bridge

Sunday, December 28, 1879 was a cruel and tragic date in Scottish history. Of the 75 train passengers who plunged to their death when the Tay Bridge collapsed only 25 were recovered from the river’s murky depths.
Among the characters lost, or who by a stroke of fate missed the train, were a cross section of Victorian society; from the wealthy Clara Thoms, whose only concern was that her dinner party had been ruined by this inconvenience to the poor servant lass Rosie, an unmarried mother with a crippled daughter living on the other side of the River Tay.
Then there is Emily, middle-aged spinster with her fantasies involving the local doctor, whose daughter is forbidden to marry a gypsy lad.
And big Nessie, a medium who foresees a terrible calamity that she cannot interpret...
What does destiny hold for them?
Who will board the ill-fated train and who will await its arrival in vain only to know sorry and heartbreak?
Please note - this book formerly published on Kindle as ‘A Drink for the Bridge’.The Tay Bridge disaster, six people and which of them will be on that doomed train?



The Balmoral Incident by Alanna Knight - Kindle eBook

The Balmoral Incident

Balmoral Castle, 1905. For Rose McQuinn, a handsome cottage on the Royal estate promises a summer holiday of unaccustomed luxury. As Rose travels by train with herlittle stepdaughter Meg and her trusty dog Thane, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. But as always, danger comes in many disguises. The kilted ghillies among the King's illustrious shooting party are not at all what they appear to be. The holiday takes a darker turn when Rose is warned not to interfere in two deaths that occur soon after her arrival. When they're dismissed as accidents, she suspects foul play. When the sinister tide of events moves closer and threatens her own family, Rose is determined to track down the killer lurking among the sportsmen - a killer whose aim is to bring down more than just the game birds.

The Balmoral Incident by Alanna Knight - Kindle eBook

The Balmoral Incident by Alanna Knight

Balmoral Castle, 1905. For Rose McQuinn, a handsome cottage on the Royal estate promises a summer holiday of unaccustomed luxury. As Rose travels by train with herlittle stepdaughter Meg and her trusty dog Thane, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. But as always, danger comes in many disguises. The kilted ghillies among the King's illustrious shooting party are not at all what they appear to be. The holiday takes a darker turn when Rose is warned not to interfere in two deaths that occur soon after her arrival. When they're dismissed as accidents, she suspects foul play. When the sinister tide of events moves closer and threatens her own family, Rose is determined to track down the killer lurking among the sportsmen - a killer whose aim is to bring down more than just the game birds.

Burke and Hare: Scotland's serial killers by Alanna Knight (12 Oct 2014) - Kindle eBook

Burke and Hare are unique as Edinburgh’s notorious serial killers. Wrongly described as grave robbers, in 1827 they murdered the living and sold their bodies for ten sovereigns each to Dr Knox and his eagerly awaiting medical students. Their victims, the poor and vulnerable, were lured to death with whisky and smothered. The gruesome details of 16 killings in 9 months, men, women and a 12 year-old child, continue to horrify and fascinate readers in equal measure.

Burke and Hare: Scotland's serial killers by Alanna Knight (Oct 12, 2014) - Kindle eBook

Burke and Hare are unique as Edinburgh’s notorious serial killers. Wrongly described as grave robbers, in 1827 they murdered the living and sold their bodies for ten sovereigns each to Dr Knox and his eagerly awaiting medical students. Their victims, the poor and vulnerable, were lured to death with whisky and smothered. The gruesome details of 16 killings in 9 months, men, women and a 12 year-old child, continue to horrify and fascinate readers in equal measure.


The Final Enemy. An Inspector Faro Mystery No.12. by Alanna Knight (30 May 2014) - Kindle eBook

1889. Faro’s plans to meet his companion Imogen Crowe in Germany are shattered by a Royal command to escort Prince George of Luxoria from boarding-school in Scotland back to his strife-torn country. With assassins in pursuit even the Orient Express cannot guarantee their survival and Faro has a deeply personal reason for ensuring the prince’s safety - a secret concerning his birth that could destroy them both. (See ‘The Missing Duchess’).

The Final Enemy. An Inspector Faro Mystery No.12. by Alanna Knight (May 30, 2014) - Kindle eBook

1889. Faro’s plans to meet his companion Imogen Crowe in Germany are shattered by a Royal command to escort Prince George of Luxoria from boarding-school in Scotland back to his strife-torn country. With assassins in pursuit even the Orient Express cannot guarantee their survival and Faro has a deeply personal reason for ensuring the prince’s safety - a secret concerning his birth that could destroy them both. (See ‘The Missing Duchess’).

Dagger in the Crown (Tam Eildor mystery no.1) by Alanna Knight

Was Mary Queen of Scots implicated in her husband Lord Darnley’s murder? The answer to this Royal mystery which has intrigued crime solvers for 450 years becomes the first case for TAM EILDOR, Time Travelling Detective, returning to Edinburgh to unravel dark and dangerous deeds, secrets of treachery and betrayal where lives, including his own, exist on a knife edge.

Dagger in the Crown (Tam Eildor mystery no.1) by Alanna Knight

Was Mary Queen of Scots implicated in her husband Lord Darnley’s murder? The answer to this Royal mystery which has intrigued crime solvers for 450 years becomes the first case for TAM EILDOR, Time Travelling Detective, returning to Edinburgh to unravel dark and dangerous deeds, secrets of treachery and betrayal where lives, including his own, exist on a knife edge,.


The MIdnight Visitor by Alanna Knight

The Midnight Visitor by Alanna Knight

Mort Manor is shunned by villagers.  
Newcomers Bel and her TV actor partner Zach, know nothing of its evil reputation, that their dream home is a house of murders, its terrifying ghosts a magnet changing the personalities of those who dare to live within its walls, capable of bringing the past alive and dragging them back to untimely death.



Legend of the Loch by Alanna Knight

Legend of the Loch by Alanna Knight (11 Sep 2012) - Kindle eBook

Award winning romantic suspense set in the 1970s, in the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark. Beth Ryan goes to the Highlands to sell her inherited estate to find all remains is a the Victorian shooting lodge occupied by Calum MacRaven, local doctor and impoverished Laird of Glenrannoch,  A whirlwind romance, or so it seems. They.marry but Beth has suspicions regardring a family fued, an abandoned baby and his ex-mistress Morven plus his ward Rona. Her greatest problem becomes staying alive.
Sinister, inexplicable events, Is the monster in the Loch, who allegedly drowned Calum’s first wife, on the rampage again and will Beth learn the truth too late.

Dead Man's Moon by Alanna Knight

Dead Man's Moon by Alanna Knight (25 Mar 2013)

Summer 1969. Earth awaits the first moon landing while Joy Brigante from her home on on Hadrian’s Wall sees archaeologists search for the legendary tomb of a Pictish princess and her Roman lover. Joy has reason for terror, certain that Professor Julian Scott is the escaping prisoner of war, the Italian officer she shot and believed dead as a teenager 25years ago. There are many dark secrets and she is in mortal peril.



The MIdnight Visitor by Alanna Knight

The Midnight Visitor by Alanna Knight

Mort Manor is shunned by villagers.  
Newcomers Bel and her TV actor partner Zach, know nothing of its evil reputation, that their dream home is a house of murders, its terrifying ghosts a magnet changing the personalities of those who dare to live within its walls, capable of bringing the past alive and dragging them back to untimely death.


Legend of the Loch by Alanna Knight

Legend of the Loch by Alanna Knight (Sep 11, 2012)

Award winning romantic suspense set in the 1970s, in the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark. Beth Ryan goes to the Highlands to sell her inherited estate to find all remains is a the Victorian shooting lodge occupied by Calum MacRaven, local doctor and impoverished Laird of Glenrannoch,  A whirlwind romance, or so it seems. They.marry but Beth has suspicions regardring a family fued, an abandoned baby and his ex-mistress Morven plus his ward Rona. Her greatest problem becomes staying alive.
Sinister, inexplicable events, Is the monster in the Loch, who allegedly drowned Calum’s first wife, on the rampage again and will Beth learn the truth too late.

Dead Man's Moon by Alanna Knight

Dead Man's Moon by Alanna Knight (Mar 25, 2013)

Summer 1969. Earth awaits the first moon landing while Joy Brigante from her home on on Hadrian’s Wall sees archaeologists search for the legendary tomb of a Pictish princess and her Roman lover. Joy has reason for terror, certain that Professor Julian Scott is the escaping prisoner of war, the Italian officer she shot and believed dead as a teenager 25years ago. There are many dark secrets and she is in mortal peril.

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The Evil That Men Do.(Inspector Faro Mystery No.11) by Alanna Knight (29 Apr 2013) - Kindle eBook

Faro is a happy man. His stepson Vince is to marry into Edinburgh’s high society. At a sumptuous family party - disaster. His future father-in-law is poisoned and Faro’s detective skills reveal that the murderer has to be a family member. As further investigations reveal sinister and terrible secrets, death strikes the fated family again and other lives, including Vince’s and his own, are in danger.

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Murders Most Foul (Inspector Faro) by Alanna Knight (28 Jan 2013) - Kindle eBook

1861. When the body of an unknown woman is found in an Edinburgh close, Detective Constable Faro assumes the killing is a random act of violence – until he finds a playing card, the nine of diamonds, underneath her corpse. His superiors scoff at his suspicions of a serial killer, but days later a man is attacked in the street, and left badly bruised and battered with the nine of diamonds in his pocket. Faro believes there’s a connection.

He must contend with other problems, though, if he is to solve the case. Detective Sergeant Gosse does his best to frame suspect after suspect, but remains constantly irritated by his detective constable. And although Faro’s sweetheart Lizzie loves him deeply, he is not sure if he feels the same way. And what of Inga St Ola, Faro’s first and only true love from his native Orkney?

Amongst all this, a servant at Lizzie’s place of work goes missing. Could her disappearance be linked to the playing-card killer? Beset by hostile superiors and a police-hating public, Faro feels he may never crack this confounding case.

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Inspector Faro's Casebook: the Edinburgh Mysteries by Alanna Knight (11 Sep 2012) - Kindle eBook

Contains the first 3 books in the Inspector Faro Mystery seriess. Set in Victorian Edinburgh in 1870s.

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Ghost Walk (Rose McQuinn) by Alanna Knight (6 Sep 2012) - Kindle eBook

It is 1897 and three years have passed since Rose McQuinn’s husband, Danny, disappeared in Arizona. Believing him to be dead, she returned to Scotland to start her life afresh. She has now fulfilled her ambition of becoming a ‘Lady Investigator, Discretion Guaranteed’ and is about to marry her lover, Detective Inspector Jack Macmerry of the Edinburgh Police. But pre-wedding jitters become the least of her worries when a nun from the local convent claims to have received a letter from Danny. Is the elderly nun simply confused, or could Danny really still be alive? Unnerved and determined to find out the truth before her wedding, Rose begins to investigate. However, after two suspicious deaths, all the signs suggest that a ghost is about to walk back into her life…


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Destroying Angel (Rose McQuinn) by Alanna Knight (6 Sep 2012) - Kindle eBook

Autumn, 1897. Rose McQuinn has lost the love of her ambitious fiancé, Jack Macmerry, and now it seems she is to lose her elusive deerhound as well. Hubert Staines claims his fatally ill stepdaughter is Thane’s rightful owner, and Rose cannot refuse to return him. But when she arrives at the family home near Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, it soon becomes clear that Hubert has a hidden agenda. The family’s tragic history unfolds, revealing dark secrets that haunt those involved and a series of suspicious deaths. And in a bizarre and unexpected climax, Rose finds herself a likely candidate as the murderer’s next victim…

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An Orkney Murder (for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 8 Jun 2011) - Kindle eBook
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.

Blood Line: An Inspector Faro Mystery by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 16 Jun 2011) - Kindle eBook
Who was the real King James the First?
Victorian Detective Inspector Faro investigates the death of an unidentified man on the rocks below Mary Queen of Scots apartments in Edinburgh Castle where renovations revealed the mummified remains of an infant dating back to the sixteenth century. He discovers at the bizarre fate that awaits the over curious - including his policeman father who seek to know more regarding a discovery that might have grave national repercussions

Enter Second Murderer by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 20 Jun 2011) - Kindle eBook
'The Gruesome Convent Murders'
Prime suspects are a fanatical nun, an aristocratic hermit and a public schoolboy in a chronicle of terror, betrayal, greed and violence. As this sensational case for which the murderer has been executed is reopened when a second victim is claimed, D.I Faro is drawn into the shady underworld beyond Victorian middle-class Edinburgh's theatres and salons.

Deadly Beloved (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.3) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 5 Jul 2011)Kindle eBook
The disappearance of the police surgeon's wife after a disastrous dinner party. Witnesses including Inspector Faro suggest from gruesome evidence that she has been murdered. And who better to commit the perfect murder and with better opportunity to dispose of the corpse of an unwanted wife than her husband via the dissecting table of his avidly awaiting medical students.

Killing Cousins (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.4) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 28 Jun 2011) - Kindle eBook
Victorian D I Faro's visit to a remote Orkney island erupts in horrors. Two bodies, the village simpleton possibly murdered and the week-old corpse of the laird's wife removed from her coffin are laid out side-by-side on the ancient Odin stone of sacrifice. A bizarre Romeo and Juliet beyond the bounds of decency. Who could have played this monstrous trick - and why? For this is just the threshold of terrors to come and danger for Faro and his family.

A Quiet Death (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.5) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 5 Jul 2011)Kindle eBook
A suicide from the unfinished Tay Bridge throws up a trail of sinister events in one of the most baffling and personal dilemmas of Inspector Faro's career involving the future of his doctor stepson Vince Laurie, the poet William McGonagall and a series of crimes which had tragic and far reaching repercussions several years later when the Tay Bridge fell in 1879.


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To Kill a Queen (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.6) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 30 Jun 2011) - Kindle eBook
Faro's long-awaited August holiday on Royal Deeside is interrupted as his reputation reaches Queen Victoria. Flattered, he is somewhat put out to discover from John Brown that he is commanded to track down whoever killed her two favourite spaniels. Soon however Faro has a killing of far greater magnitude to solve, a plot to commit the ultimate treason and assassinate the Queen at Balmoral Castle.

The Missing Duchess (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.7) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 10 Nov 2011)Kindle eBook
In the sinister Wizard’s House near Edinburgh Castle, Inspector Faro is shown the body of a young woman. Her identity is a mystery until visiting friends in East Lothian, Faro learns that the guest of honour is to be Queen Victoria’s favourite goddaughter, Amelie, Grand Duchess of Luxoria. She fails to arrive. Her distraught personal maid brings a chilling tale of a carriage accident, hoping that the Duchess has survived and unaccompanied but safe is on her way to Balmoral Castle. Faro is not so confident as he realises with sinking heart that he might now have an identity for the murdered woman and is about to embark on the most scandalous investigation of his career.


The Coffin Lane Murders. Inspector Faro Mystery No.8 by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 4 Apr 2012)Kindle eBook
A trail of blood  leads Inspector Faro through the snow to the body of a maid sent out to post a letter.   Had she a secret lover, was she the victim of a crime of passion? Or does another murder two days later indicate a serial killer at large and a reign of terror to be unleashed in Victorian Edinburgh’s wealthy suburbs?

Murder in Paradise (Inspector Faro Mysteries) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 12 Jan 2012)Kindle eBook


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.
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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Deadly Legacy: Rose McQuinn Series, Book 7 by Alanna Knight (26 Mar 2012) - Kindle eBook

Rose McQuinn has agreed to help her neighbour, Mrs Lawers, by delivering a family legacy to her only living relative. But Rose’s philanthropic journey takes a turn towards the dangerous when she is attacked on board a train. On returning to Edinburgh she finds that further sinister events have occurred in her absence, sparking off a murder investigation.

Soon, Rose’s philanthropic journey takes a turn towards the dangerous when she is attacked on a train and, on returning to Edinburgh, discovers Mrs Lawers and her maid are dead. Befriending a young first-time mother and investigating the history of Mrs Lawers’ family, Rose finds links not only between the two, but also to Royal history, London’s theatre community, and her own home in Solomon’s Tower. But when Jack is shot on duty, her attention shifts to him and his desire to get to know his daughter.

In her efforts to solve the case, Rose uncovers links with royal history, London’s theatre community, and her own home in Solomon’s Tower. Precariously balancing the murder inquiry alongside her obligations to family and friends, Rose discovers a web of connections which reveal that the past has not completely left the present . .

The Seal King Murders (Inspector Faro 16) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 26 Mar 2012)Kindle eBook

1861. Constable Faro is heading home to Orkney, pursuing a private investigation into the mysterious drowning of an ex-colleague’s relative, champion swimmer Dave Claydon. Was this an accident or does Claydon’s death have a sinister connection with missing artefacts recovered from the Armada galleon sunk off Spanish Cove

At Scarthbreck Faro’s mother is determined to find him a wife, and this Lammastide the legend of the seal king’s annual claim of a human bride becomes reality. Faro’s holiday and his original secret mission turn into a nightmare. With himself as the crime suspect in a girl’s disappearance, he is in deadly danger, his life threatened by circumstances beyond his control.


A Violent Passion. The Love Story of Robert Louis Stevenson & Fanny Osbourneor by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 31 Oct 2011)Kindle eBook
Originally published as The Passionate Kindness in 1974. ‘The essence of love is best defined as passionate kindness, run mad and become importunate and violent,’ so wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. Fanny Osbourne was already nearly forty, married and mother of two children when they met and in defiance of  Victorian morality became lovers. They lived together in Paris for two years before Fanny returned to her husband to obtain a divorce and marry Louis, who had followed her to California.  So began a  stormy, tortuous relationship as they travelled the world from Scotland to Samoa in search of a place where Fanny could keep the frail but now famous RLS alive for a few more years. . .


The Inspector's Daughter (A Rose McQuinn Mystery) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 25 Jul 2011)Kindle eBook
Rose McQuinn returns to Edinburgh from the American wild west of 1895. Her baby has died while her husband Danny, working with Pinkerton’s Detective Agency in Arizona goes missing. She has little time to grieve before she unwittingly takes on a new career by agreeing to investigate the strange behaviour of the husband of her childhood friend Alice.. But what appears to be an adulterous affair suggests something much more sinister, the brutal and still unsolved murder of a servant girl. Whatever heartbreak lies in store, Rose must discover the truth. From her home in Solomon’s Tower on Arthur’s Seat, aided by a wild deerhound who befriends her, her fist investigation puts her own life in deadly danger.


Dangerous Pursuits (A Rose McQuinn Mystery) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 26 Jul 2011)Kindle eBook
Rose McQuinn, out walking near her home on Arthur’s Seat comes across the body of a woman in the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel but when she returns to the scene of the crime, neither body nor the local constable whom she alerted have both disappeared. No one believes her story, not even her lover Detective Sergeant Jack Macmerry of the Edinburgh City Police. But Rose is convinced that a murder has been committed and her ensuing investigation into the mystery soon turns into a game of deadly pursuit.

Miss Havisham's Revenge, Estella's Missing Years by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 4 Apr 2012)Kindle eBook
For Charles Dickens fans, in this anniversary years.  Originally published by Macmillan as ESTELLA.
In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens left an unsolved mystery with few clues upon which this novel was based..
Estella is forced into a loveless marriage by  the eerie Miss Havisham who had fostered her to ‘break men’s hearts’. She finds herself in a house of evil corruption  and of deadly dangerr. Accused to murder, she flees from pursuit to seek safety and unravel  the truth of her life built on a web of lies and terrifying secrets.

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The Bull Slayers: Inspector Faro No 9 by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition -5 Dec 2012) - Kindle eBook
Travelling incognito on on the Queen’s business involving a royal scandal which could imperil the throne, Faro’s fears are justified when he leaves Edinburgh for the Scottish Borders into an area ruled over by the Elriggs, feudal barons still hunting with bow and arrow, making their own laws, with murder treated as accident.   Among the sinister forces at work, the ancient white carrle also roam dangerously free and Faro himself becomes a target for the Elrigg’s deadly games. This is also his first meeting with the Irish writer Imogen Crowe.

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Murder by Appointment: Inspector Faro No.10 by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition -5 Dec 2012) - Kindle eBook
In an Edinburgh street, a woman rushes up to Faro . She says someone is trying to kill her. Handing her into a cab, he is hit over the head. Later in the police mortuary he sees her body and that of a man whose likeness suggests they were closely related. Why have they both been murdered? His investigation reveals some startling facts that lead him to the Queen’s residence at Balmoral Castle and a secret that could destroy the Royal family and the future of the throne.


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Lament for Lost Lovers by Alannai Knight (11 Sep 2012) - Kindle eBook

Best selling romantic suspense in the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark. The summer of 1969 and Joy Brigante's house on Hadrians Wall shelters the legendary lost shrine of a murdered Pictish princess and her Roman lover to be reunited when 'men walk upon the moon'.  Joy has a deadly secret of more recent times. As a schoolgirl in WW2, the escaping Italian prisoner of war she shot and thought was dead reappears as Professor Julian Scott, archeologist on Roman wall dig ignoring the curse on disturbing the ancient tomb. Joy and Julian fall in love but there are vital questions to be answered if they too are not to follow the pattern of the lost lovers.


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Inspector Faro's Crime File: Short Stories by Alanna Knight (4 Apr 2013)

Three short stories:
THE SINISTER VISION Faro goes to the Highlands and investigates a troublesome family ghost.
THE BOGUS INSPECTOR Christmas shopping in Edinburgh, Faro encounters a local conman.
THE VANISHING VAGRANT Murder in fashionable Victorian Edinburgh but according to witnesses the killer disappeared into thin air.

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The Evil That Men Do.(Inspector Faro Mystery No.11) by Alanna Knight (Apr 29, 2013)

Faro is a happy man. His stepson Vince is to marry into Edinburgh’s high society. At a sumptuous family party - disaster. His future father-in-law is poisoned and Faro’s detective skills reveal that the murderer has to be a family member. As further investigations reveal sinister and terrible secrets, death strikes the fated family again and other lives, including Vince’s and his own, are in danger.

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Murders Most Foul (Inspector Faro) by Alanna Knight (Jan 28, 2013)

1861. When the body of an unknown woman is found in an Edinburgh close, Detective Constable Faro assumes the killing is a random act of violence – until he finds a playing card, the nine of diamonds, underneath her corpse. His superiors scoff at his suspicions of a serial killer, but days later a man is attacked in the street, and left badly bruised and battered with the nine of diamonds in his pocket. Faro believes there’s a connection.

He must contend with other problems, though, if he is to solve the case. Detective Sergeant Gosse does his best to frame suspect after suspect, but remains constantly irritated by his detective constable. And although Faro’s sweetheart Lizzie loves him deeply, he is not sure if he feels the same way. And what of Inga St Ola, Faro’s first and only true love from his native Orkney?

Amongst all this, a servant at Lizzie’s place of work goes missing. Could her disappearance be linked to the playing-card killer? Beset by hostile superiors and a police-hating public, Faro feels he may never crack this confounding case.

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Inspector Faro's Casebook: the Edinburgh Mysteries by Alanna Knight (Sep 11, 2012)

Contains the first 3 books in the Inspector Faro Mystery seriess. Set in Victorian Edinburgh in 1870s.


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Ghost Walk (Rose McQuinn) by Alanna Knight (Sep 6, 2012)

It is 1897 and three years have passed since Rose McQuinn’s husband, Danny, disappeared in Arizona. Believing him to be dead, she returned to Scotland to start her life afresh. She has now fulfilled her ambition of becoming a ‘Lady Investigator, Discretion Guaranteed’ and is about to marry her lover, Detective Inspector Jack Macmerry of the Edinburgh Police. But pre-wedding jitters become the least of her worries when a nun from the local convent claims to have received a letter from Danny. Is the elderly nun simply confused, or could Danny really still be alive? Unnerved and determined to find out the truth before her wedding, Rose begins to investigate. However, after two suspicious deaths, all the signs suggest that a ghost is about to walk back into her life…

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Destroying Angel (Rose McQuinn) by Alanna Knight (Sep 6, 2012)

Autumn, 1897. Rose McQuinn has lost the love of her ambitious fiancé, Jack Macmerry, and now it seems she is to lose her elusive deerhound as well. Hubert Staines claims his fatally ill stepdaughter is Thane’s rightful owner, and Rose cannot refuse to return him. But when she arrives at the family home near Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, it soon becomes clear that Hubert has a hidden agenda. The family’s tragic history unfolds, revealing dark secrets that haunt those involved and a series of suspicious deaths. And in a bizarre and unexpected climax, Rose finds herself a likely candidate as the murderer’s next victim…

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An Orkney Murder (for fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie) by Alanna Knight (Jun 8, 2011) -
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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Blood Line: An Inspector Faro Mystery by Alanna Knight (Jun 16, 2011) -
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Who was the real King James the First?
Victorian Detective Inspector Faro investigates the death of an unidentified man on the rocks below Mary Queen of Scots apartments in Edinburgh Castle where renovations revealed the mummified remains of an infant dating back to the sixteenth century. He discovers at the bizarre fate that awaits the over curious - including his policeman father who seek to know more regarding a discovery that might have grave national repercussions

Enter Second Murderer by Alanna Knight (Jun 20, 2011) -
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'The Gruesome Convent Murders'
Prime suspects are a fanatical nun, an aristocratic hermit and a public schoolboy in a chronicle of terror, betrayal, greed and violence. As this sensational case for which the murderer has been executed is reopened when a second victim is claimed, D.I Faro is drawn into the shady underworld beyond Victorian middle-class Edinburgh's theatres and salons.

Deadly Beloved (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.3) by Alanna Knight (Kindle Edition - 5 Jul 2011)Kindle eBook
The disappearance of the police surgeon's wife after a disastrous dinner party. Witnesses including Inspector Faro suggest from gruesome evidence that she has been murdered. And who better to commit the perfect murder and with better opportunity to dispose of the corpse of an unwanted wife than her husband via the dissecting table of his avidly awaiting medical students.

Killing Cousins (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.4) by Alanna Knight (Jun 28, 2011) -
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Victorian D I Faro's visit to a remote Orkney island erupts in horrors. Two bodies, the village simpleton possibly murdered and the week-old corpse of the laird's wife removed from her coffin are laid out side-by-side on the ancient Odin stone of sacrifice. A bizarre Romeo and Juliet beyond the bounds of decency. Who could have played this monstrous trick - and why? For this is just the threshold of terrors to come and danger for Faro and his family.

A Quiet Death (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.5) by Alanna Knight (Jul 5, 2011)Kindle eBook
A suicide from the unfinished Tay Bridge throws up a trail of sinister events in one of the most baffling and personal dilemmas of Inspector Faro's career involving the future of his doctor stepson Vince Laurie, the poet William McGonagall and a series of crimes which had tragic and far reaching repercussions several years later when the Tay Bridge fell in 1879.

To Kill a Queen (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.6) by Alanna Knight (Jun 30, 2011)Kindle eBook
Faro's long-awaited August holiday on Royal Deeside is interrupted as his reputation reaches Queen Victoria. Flattered, he is somewhat put out to discover from John Brown that he is commanded to track down whoever killed her two favourite spaniels. Soon however Faro has a killing of far greater magnitude to solve, a plot to commit the ultimate treason and assassinate the Queen at Balmoral Castle.

The Missing Duchess (An Inspector Faro Mystery No.7) by Alanna Knight (Nov 10, 2011)Kindle eBook
In the sinister Wizard’s House near Edinburgh Castle, Inspector Faro is shown the body of a young woman. Her identity is a mystery until visiting friends in East Lothian, Faro learns that the guest of honour is to be Queen Victoria’s favourite goddaughter, Amelie, Grand Duchess of Luxoria. She fails to arrive. Her distraught personal maid brings a chilling tale of a carriage accident, hoping that the Duchess has survived and unaccompanied but safe is on her way to Balmoral Castle. Faro is not so confident as he realises with sinking heart that he might now have an identity for the murdered woman and is about to embark on the most scandalous investigation of his career.

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The Coffin Lane Murders. Inspector Faro Mystery No.8

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A trail of blood  leads Inspector Faro through the snow to the body of a maid sent out to post a letter.   Had she a secret lover, was she the victim of a crime of passion? Or does another murder two days later indicate a serial killer at large and a reign of terror to be unleashed in Victorian Edinburgh’s wealthy suburbs?

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Murder in Paradise (Inspector Faro Mysteries) by Alanna Knight (Jan 12, 2012)Kindle eBook

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.

Deadly Legacy by Alanna Knight (Mar 26, 2012)Kindle eBook

Edinburgh, 1901. Rose McQuinn has agreed to help her neighbour, Mrs Lawers, by delivering what she claims to be a family legacy to her only living relative. Conveniently, the trip allows Rose to meet with Detective Inspector Jack Macmerry’s daughter to try and re-establish contact with her on his behalf.

Soon, Rose’s philanthropic journey takes a turn towards the dangerous when she is attacked on a train and, on returning to Edinburgh, discovers Mrs Lawers and her maid are dead. Befriending a young first-time mother and investigating the history of Mrs Lawers’ family, Rose finds links not only between the two, but also to Royal history, London’s theatre community, and her own home in Solomon’s Tower. But when Jack is shot on duty, her attention shifts to him and his desire to get to know his daughter.

In her efforts to solve the case, Rose uncovers links with royal history, London’s theatre community, and her own home in Solomon’s Tower. Precariously balancing the murder inquiry alongside her obligations to family and friends, Rose discovers a web of connections which reveal that the past has not completely left the present . .

The Seal King Murders (Inspector Faro 16) by Alanna Knight (Mar 26, 2012)Kindle eBook

1861. Constable Faro is heading home to Orkney, pursuing a private investigation into the mysterious drowning of an ex-colleague’s relative, champion swimmer Dave Claydon. Was this an accident or does Claydon’s death have a sinister connection with missing artefacts recovered from the Armada galleon sunk off Spanish Cove

At Scarthbreck Faro’s mother is determined to find him a wife, and this Lammastide the legend of the seal king’s annual claim of a human bride becomes reality. Faro’s holiday and his original secret mission turn into a nightmare. With himself as the crime suspect in a girl’s disappearance, he is in deadly danger, his life threatened by circumstances beyond his control.


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A Violent Passion. The Love Story of Robert Louis Stevenson & Fanny Osbourneor by Alanna Knight (Oct 31, 2011)Kindle eBook
Originally published as The Passionate Kindness in 1974. ‘The essence of love is best defined as passionate kindness, run mad and become importunate and violent,’ so wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. Fanny Osbourne was already nearly forty, married and mother of two children when they met and in defiance of  Victorian morality became lovers. They lived together in Paris for two years before Fanny returned to her husband to obtain a divorce and marry Louis, who had followed her to California.  So began a  stormy, tortuous relationship as they travelled the world from Scotland to Samoa in search of a place where Fanny could keep the frail but now famous RLS alive for a few more years. . .

The Inspector's Daughter (A Rose McQuinn Mystery) by Alanna Knight (Jul 25, 2011)Kindle eBook
Rose McQuinn returns to Edinburgh from the American wild west of 1895. Her baby has died while her husband Danny, working with Pinkerton’s Detective Agency in Arizona goes missing. She has little time to grieve before she unwittingly takes on a new career by agreeing to investigate the strange behaviour of the husband of her childhood friend Alice.. But what appears to be an adulterous affair suggests something much more sinister, the brutal and still unsolved murder of a servant girl. Whatever heartbreak lies in store, Rose must discover the truth. From her home in Solomon’s Tower on Arthur’s Seat, aided by a wild deerhound who befriends her, her fist investigation puts her own life in deadly danger.

Dangerous Pursuits (A Rose McQuinn Mystery) by Alanna Knight (Jul 26, 2011)Kindle eBook
Rose McQuinn, out walking near her home on Arthur’s Seat comes across the body of a woman in the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel but when she returns to the scene of the crime, neither body nor the local constable whom she alerted have both disappeared. No one believes her story, not even her lover Detective Sergeant Jack Macmerry of the Edinburgh City Police. But Rose is convinced that a murder has been committed and her ensuing investigation into the mystery soon turns into a game of deadly pursuit.

Miss Havisham's Revenge, Estella's Missing Years by Alanna Knight (Apr 4, 2012)Kindle eBook
For Charles Dickens fans, in this anniversary years.  Originally published by Macmillan as ESTELLA.
In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens left an unsolved mystery with few clues upon which this novel was based..
Estella is forced into a loveless marriage by  the eerie Miss Havisham who had fostered her to ‘break men’s hearts’. She finds herself in a house of evil corruption  and of deadly dangerr. Accused to murder, she flees from pursuit to seek safety and unravel  the truth of her life built on a web of lies and terrifyting secrets.

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The Bull Slayers: Inspector Faro No 9 by Alanna Knight (Dec 5, 2012)
Travelling incognito on on the Queen’s business involving a royal scandal which could imperil the throne, Faro’s fears are justified when he leaves Edinburgh for the Scottish Borders into an area ruled over by the Elriggs, feudal barons still hunting with bow and arrow, making their own laws, with murder treated as accident.   Among the sinister forces at work, the ancient white carrle also roam dangerously free and Faro himself becomes a target for the Elrigg’s deadly games. This is also his first meeting with the Irish writer Imogen Crowe.

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Murder by Appointment: Inspector Faro No.10 by Alanna Knight (Dec 5, 2012)
In an Edinburgh street, a woman rushes up to Faro . She says someone is trying to kill her. Handing her into a cab, he is hit over the head. Later in the police mortuary he sees her body and that of a man whose likeness suggests they were closely related. Why have they both been murdered? His investigation reveals some startling facts that lead him to the Queen’s residence at Balmoral Castle and a secret that could destroy the Royal family and the future of the throne.


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Lament for Lost Lovers by Alanna Knight (Sep 11, 2012)

Best selling romantic suspense in the tradition of Mary Higgins Clark. The summer of 1969 and Joy Brigante's house on Hadrians Wall shelters the legendary lost shrine of a murdered Pictish princess and her Roman lover to be reunited when 'men walk upon the moon'.  Joy has a deadly secret of more recent times. As a schoolgirl in WW2, the escaping Italian prisoner of war she shot and thought was dead reappears as Professor Julian Scott, archeologist on Roman wall dig ignoring the curse on disturbing the ancient tomb. Joy and Julian fall in love but there are vital questions to be answered if they too are not to follow the pattern of the lost lovers.

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Inspector Faro's Crime File: Short Stories by Alanna Knight (Apr 4, 2013) - Kindle eBook

Three short stories:
THE SINISTER VISION Faro goes to the Highlands and investigates a troublesome family ghost.
THE BOGUS INSPECTOR Christmas shopping in Edinburgh, Faro encounters a local conman.
THE VANISHING VAGRANT Murder in fashionable Victorian Edinburgh but according to witnesses the killer disappeared into thin air.