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Alanna KNight Crime writer

Alanna Knight is one of the most popular authors in UK libraries.
She is a leading crime writer who has three historical crime series, the Victorian detective Inspector Jeremy Faro, lady investigator Rose McQuinn, and time-traveller Tam Eildor.

Her 60 published works also include romantic thrillers and historical novels.
Alanna is an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson and her non-fiction includes true crime, ‘how to write’ guides and biographies.

Alanna is Hon President of Edinburgh Writers’ Club, Hon President and founder member of Scottish Association of Writers, member of Society of Authors and Crime Writers’ Association.

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            Lies Waiting by Alanna Knight

1906. For Rose McQuinn, the invitation to holiday at a luxury hotel on the Isle of Bute is an unexpected delight until she discovers the real reason is to investigate a 20 year old non-proven murder case.

With close links to a local family of ancient origin whose castle holds many dark secrets, Rose's involvement in this challenge unleashes a web of intrigue and sinister happenings, something she realises too late when someone decides she is too close to the truth and must not leave the island alive.


Alanna cutting the birthday cake with Ian Rankin to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Writers' Club

              IAN RANKIN


Celebrate the launch with Alanna in Blackwells Bookstore Edinburgh on Wednesday March 15th

The Darkness

The Darkness Within

Featuring Inspector Faro and his daughter Rose.
It is 1906 and the Faro family gather in Orkney after the sudden death of Inspector Faro's son-in-law Erland Yesnaby. The family try to support grieving widow Emily, but after witnessing strange behaviour from the royal yacht, the `Victoria and Albert III', and when a body of one of its passengers washes up on the shore, both Inspector Faro and his investigator daughter, Rose McQuinn, struggle to resist the mystery of the Scottish coastline. When the ever-loyal gardener Sven starts acting strangely, and a shocking truth about him is uncovered, Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn realise that the lives of more than one member of their family might be in danger. And with time running out, will these two renowned detectives be able to crack the case together?

Come and See Alanna at these "Femmes Fatales" events:

Newcastle Noir, April 28

Based at Newcastle’s Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil - www.litandphil.org.uk)

Off the Page, Stirling,  May 11


And look out for two new Amazon Kindle Historical books

The Black Duchess

The Black Duchess

Armada, with two cousins on opposite sides and a shipwreck on Orkney.
Alanna says: "This one is based on my family history, as told by my Dad and last month I discovered the place in S. Ronaldsay!"

The Most Tragic Tay Bridge Disaster

The Tay Bridge disaster, six people and which of them will be on that doomed train?

My Latest Inspector Faro

Akin to Murder Alanna Knight

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The year is 1864 and Detective Inspector Faro's idyllic life has been shattered by the escape of convicted murderer John McLaw. With countless dead end sightings of the killer and further criminal activity Faro realises that this case is far more complicated than he had first assumed. When the disappearance of a maid comes to light, Faro begins to think there could be a link between her disappearance and the murder of Annie McLaw. His determination to unearth the truth becomes personal and in a race against time to solve the anonymities of the case, he takes matters into his own hands.

I'll be celebrating the launch of my latest Inspector Faro mystery in
Blackwells bookshop in Edinburgh on January at 6.30 on January 21st
Come along!

My latest Rose McQuinn mystery is now out!

The Balmoral Incident a rose McQuinne Mystery by
            Alanna Knight

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.
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And in other News...

I'm delighted that my early Gothic Mysteries have had their cover designs re-vamped and are now all available as e-books!

Dead Man's Moon by Alanna
              Knight  Legend of the Loch by Alanna Knight  The Midnight Visitor by Alanna Knight

and a bright new cover for my Burke and Hare, book, too...

Burke and Hare by Alanna

for links to buy these and all my other e-books on Kindle in UK or USA, click here

I have two exciting pieces of news...
I received an MBE in the New Year Honours List - 'for services to literature'.  
I still can't quite believe it!

Alanna Knight receiving her MBE    Alanna Knight
              receiving her MBE from Prince William

And I have created a blog, so that I can have closer contact with everyone interested in my books
you'll find it here: http://www.alannaknightblog.co.uk

Dagger in the Crown

Dagger  in the Crown

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.
Also... some nice reviews, just received 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."

You might also enjoy reading a feature about Deadly legacy in Allison and Busby's blog:


My latest e-book is the 12th Inspector Faro Mystery
"The Final Enemy"

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Alanna will be appearing at:

Talks and Signings

15th March 2017

Blackwells Edinburgh


28th April 2017

Newcastle Noir

Based at Newcastle’s Literary & Philosophical Society (Lit & Phil - www.litandphil.org.uk)


11th May 2017

Off the Page, Stirling

Have Book Will Travel

Alanna is one of three Scottish women crime writers, collectively known as...

The Femmes Fatales

click above to go to their website and find out more about them.
Arrange for them to visit and talk at your bookshop, library, or other book event.
"Femmes Fatales are ... intriguing ... quirky ... highly enjoyable."
Edinburgh Evening News.

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Midnight Visitor

The Midnight Visitor
(a ghost story)

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.

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Set in Edinburgh in 1861, it involves a serial killer and one of the clues is the 9 of Diamonds, better known here as the Curse of Scotland.

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Murders Most Foul (Inspector Faro)
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.

Also 2 there are new Faro ebooks:
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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The Bull Slayers: Inspector Faro No 9 (UK Kindle Amazon.co.uk)
The Bull Slayers: Inspector Faro No 9  (USA Kindle Amazon.com)

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 concerning John Brown  that could destroy the Royal family and the future of the throne.The latest Faro, has just been accepted.   I think it is no.18, 'MURDERS MOST FOUL'.  It will be published in 2013.
2013 will also see the publication of the paperback of Rose McQuinn's  DEADLY LEGACY.   
Allison & Busby are putting the latest of both series on to Kindle.

Product Details

Murder by Appointment: Inspector Faro No.10by Alanna Knight  (UK Kindle Amazon.co.uk)
Murder by Appointment: Inspector Faro No.10by Alanna Knight(USA Kindle Amazon.com)

 Meanwhile, I'm making my back list available for my growing army of e-book readers. 
Latest: INSPECTOR FARO'S CASEBOOK, an omnibus edition of the first three in the series set in Edinburgh. 
And a trip back into the  past for romantic-suspense fans: THE LEGEND OF THE LOCH, won a first novel award in 1968 and a following best-seller LAMENT FOR LOST LOVERS.
More news soon,


DEADLY LEGACY, the new Rose McQuinn was published by Allison and Busby on Monday 26th March.

Deadly Legacy by Alanna Knight

THE SEAL KING MURDERS, the latest Faro will also be launched in paperback.

Look out for Alanna at:
World Book Night, 23rd April. At Loanhead Library, Midlothian with  with Lin Anderson
Glasgow Crime week: On 9th June at Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street.
as well as..
A new and exciting chapter in Alanna's career is about to open in September.
She is  part of  Bloody Scotland, our first crime writing festival in historic and beautiful Stirling  
Take a look at the exciting events in store on www.bloodyscotland.com .
RLS and Kindle News
A VIOLENT PASSION, the Love Story of Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Osbourne is now available as an 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.

MISS HAVISHAM'S REVENGE 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.

In other news, Faro will soon be available in Japanese!

New in 2011:
Seal King
The year is 1861 and Inspector Faro's rest is disrupted when he is given a special assignment by old friend, Detective Superintendent Macfie. Macfie’s cousin-in-law, a champion swimmer, has drowned in mysterious circumstances. Could his death have really been an accident, or is something more sinister going on?

Arriving in Orkney to investigate, he is met with rumors of missing artifacts, the myth of the seal king, a dead body under the floor of Scarthbreck, his first love, and a mother who is determined to find him a wife. But, in Faro’s opinion, no matter how distracting the local legends are or how valuable the artifacts, one man’s life or needless death, is truly beyond price. 
Article in Orcadian Newspaper

Book Launch - January 20th 2011, Edinburgh

THE SEAL KING MURDERS, the second  Constable Faro, set in Orkney, is to be launched at Blackwell's Bookshop, South Bridge, Edinburgh on Thursday January 20th. 6.30 - 8 pm  with readings by actor John Shedden (the original Inspector Faro). 
Alanna says, "Do come along and have a glass of wine!"

Books recommended by Alanna...

Alanna suggests you add these books to your Highly Recommended Reading List:

by Kate Mosse
Charming, enchanting and haunting - you'll keep on remembering it.

(Nw Holland Publishing (UK)
Following the trail of more than of crime fiction's greatest investigators, lavishly illustrated with local maps of the cities and countries in which they live and work

THE FADED MAP; The Lost Kingdoms of Scotland
by Alistair Moffat
For all history lovers, those missing years of the Dark Ages, a fascinating read with facts even more enthralling than fiction.

the 6th Rose McQuinn, hardback and paperback now out.

Quest for a
It's 1899 and strange things are happening in Edinburgh. Amidst the arrival of the circus, a terrible set of events occurs with the death of a clerk during a bank robbery and the suicides of two girls within mere hours of one another. Could the two be related?

As Rose McQuin investigates, new evidence comes to light that makes Rose's new friend Elma Rice a suspect but all it not what it seems. Rose must use all her cunning and skills of observation to uncover the truth and find out who the real killer is. 
Sinister events and a deadly confrontation for Rose.

Alanna's 40th Anniversary Celebrations!
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40th Anniversary


MURDER IN PARADISE published by Allison & Busby.
the new Inspector Faro Mystery,
launched 13 November
(the birthday of R L Stevenson, who was the reason Alanna, then living in Aberdeen,
first came to Edinburgh to write the R L Stevenson Treasury)
Murder in Paradise
MURDER IN PARADISE is no 15 in the Inspector Faro series.
As Jeremy Faro has been solving crimes for the Edinburgh City Police  20 years
and is now retired officially, Alanna decided on a 'prequel'.

It is 1860 and MURDER IN PARADISE is the young Constable Faro's first case.
He has been sent down to Kent to escort back for trial in in Edinburgh a wily Scots criminal.
No easy task and he has some surprising encounters,
William Morris, the PreRaphaelites and the notorious Madeleine Smith
and of course, murder and mayhem reigns once again.

and the verdict is...
 "A superlative Victorian mystery with Edinburgh police detective Jeremy Faro"
"These books are a joy"

read the full review here

(Allison & Busby)
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Close and Deadly
Special News for Scottish fans...
CLOSE AND DEADLY: Chilling Murders in the Heart of Edinburgh' 
is out now in News of the World True Crime Series.
Don't miss this quality hardback with excellent illustrations.
A bargain at £2.99! 
Order your copy now (series no.6).  Only obtainable through your local newsagent while books promotion last.

Also, for Faro fans
Black Dagger Classical Crime presents...

...for those who missed the hugely popular and long out of print first titles;

These luxury editions (£15.99 each) are available in the Black Dagger Classical Crime series published by BBC Audiobooks Ltd (http://www.bbcaudiobooks.co.uk)


the fifth & latest Rose Mcquinn series for Allison & Busby
(paperback coming in August 2008)

Destroying AngelFifth in the Rose McQuinn series, set in Scotland.

The autumn of 1897 began well, but within days Rose McQuinn lost two precious things - her fiance, Jack Macmerry, and her elusive dog, Thane.

Her stubborn refusal to give up her job as Lady Detective cost her the man whose love she had taken for granted. A police sergeant couldn't be expected to have a female sleuth for a wife, and so he found comfort in the arms of a more accommodating woman.

And now it seems that Thane's real owners have been found. But when Rose tries to return the hound to the Staines family she is called upon to discover the identity of a blackmailer and thief. The family's tragic past colours Rose's search for the truth and plunges her into ever more dangerous waters.

Just who can she trust in this isolated haven, and what type of life will she be returning to when she finally leaves?

Available NOW from Amazon, click below...

And now out in AUDIO


DEADLY BELOVED  No.3 in Inspector Faro's series is appearing in Black Dagger Classics in May (the first two ENTER SECOND MURDER and BLOOD LINE were published by them in 2005).

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Dickensian Whodunnits
new short story...
(adapted from Alanna's novel "Estella")
Constable and Robinson

available from Amazon
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Burke and Hare
(ISBN 978 1905615 131 National Archives Crime Series, June 2007). 

In Edinburgh 1827, wrongly labelled grave robbers, or body-snatchers. Burke and Hare lured derelicts, the old and frail  into their house, gave them whisky, smothered them and sold their bodies to Dr Knox. 16 corpses in 9 months, they were the first serial killers only outnumbered by Dr Shipman in this century. 
Click here to find out more about BURKE & HARE and Alanna's other non-fiction books

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The Stuart Sapphire
Irish Times
‘Taut with tension and an air of authority that stems from Knight’s expertise in Scottish History’

SapphireIn August 1811, George, Prince of Wales and the Prince Regent is horrified to find his mistress Sarah, Marchioness of Creeve dead in his bed, strangled by the string of pearls around her neck. The Prince realizes what a scandal could come out of a dead married woman (not to mention his younger brother’s mistress) so he has Tam Eildor, masquerading as a Scottish lawyer, investigate the murder.

Tam’s investigation is interrupted by an attempt on his life -and the Prince’s discovery that the Stuart Sapphire has gone missing.

Tam’s search for the killer and the thief puts his life in danger. Amidst a cast of royally quirky, entertaining, and psychologically complex characters, Tam needs to figure out his purpose in the Prince Regent’s service, find the killer thief, and get home before time does away with Tam’s memory of home, or someone does away with Tam.
ISBN: 0749082569

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Ghost Walk
 Fourth in the Rose McQuinn series, set in Scotland.
No. 8 in Scotland's BEST SELLERS list
has now SOLD OUT in hardback!
The paperback will be published in August 2005 - so you will still have a chance to get your copy!

Rose McQuinn, daughter of one of Scotland's most successful detectives, Chief Inspector Jeremy Faro, followed her heart and married the man of her childhood dreams, Danny McQuinn. However, Danny's work in a Arizona with Pinkerton's Detective Agency exposed him to many dangerous enemies, and one day he disappeared from Rose's life altogether. Believing him to be dead and grieving the loss of both her husband and baby son, Rose returned to England in order to start a new life.

It is June, 1897 and three years have passed since that tragic period in Rose's life. She has now fulfilled her ambition of becoming a 'Lady Investigator, Discretion Guaranteed' and is about to marry her long-term 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 just senile, or could Danny really still be alive? In which case, why would he not write to his wife? 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.

ISBN: 0749083018 ... £18.99 (Allison and Busby) Hardback
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Faro and the Royals

Black & White Publishing, April 2005
(ISBN: 1845020456)

A paperback  trilogy of Three Classic Inspector Faro Cases:
The Bull Slayers; The Missing Duchess and the Final Enemy

'Alanna Knight could hardly be better, with a crime novelist's insight into motive and aftermath.'
Ian Rankin

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Enter Second Murderer

Faro's debut mystery published 1987
was reprinted in May 2005 in
Chivers' prestigious

Black Dagger Classics


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Unholy Trinity

A New Case For Inspector Faro
APRIL 2004
ISBN 1 84502 002 2
PRICE £16.99
Inspector Jeremy Faro is in County Kerry for the family wedding of his writer companion Imogen Crowe when a young couple who are guests at the wedding are brutally murdered. The village simpleton claims he has seen the killers ­ three brothers who have been terrorising the neighbourhood. At a loss as to what to do, the local police appeal to Faro for help but, before an arrest can be made, there are three more inexplicable deaths. Three accidental deaths or three murders to avenge the deaths of the young couple? Faro lends his wit and expertise to unearth the truth ­ a web of ancient and sinister secrets which imperil both Imogen and her family. Vintage Alanna Knight!

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The Gowrie Conspiracy
Tam Eildor's second time-quest, set in the reign of James VI of Scotland and 1st of England (this is the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns). The action takes place in Falkland Palace where Tam rescues King James from a runaway horse and spends some considerable time thereafter avoiding the attentions of his grateful but amorous monarch and jealous courtiers while trying to solve the inexplicable murder of Queen Anne's midwife. Dangerous forces are at work, culminating in the tragedy of Gowrie House in Perth where Tam soon discovers that being a timelord does not guarantee immortality. THE GOWRIE CONSPIRACY commissioned by Allison & Busby is to be published in September 2003.
(ISBN 0749006277, Hardback £17.99)
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Read about Tam Eildor's first time-quest story The Dagger in The Crown

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An Orkney Murder

A long awaited holiday for Rose McQuinn, visiting her sister Emily in Orkney, takes on an unexpected and sinister twist when an archaeological dig for the grave of a 13th century princess, the Maid of Norway, unearths a corpse of a more recent date. And Rose, always the investigator, finds that the closer she comes to finding the killer, the more she risks destroying her family's happiness.

ISBN: 1841196916 ... Price £16.99 (Constable Crime) Hardback
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UK Library Borrowing

Every single day last year, almost 300 people borrowed one of Alanna's books from libraries in the United Kingdom. Figures just released showed that over the year, borrowings of Alanna's books topped 100,000.

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"My Favourite Author"

Best-selling US author, Barbara Wood, has honoured Alanna Knight by naming her "My Favourite Author" with a special link on her website. Visit Barbara Wood's website by following the link below.

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Alanna Knight's 50th book

Inspector Jeremy Faro, Alanna Knight's Victorian detective, has captured the imagination of readers from all over the world. Her skilful blend of gripping mystery and historical accuracy has earned her a unique place in British Crime Writing.

The Final Enemy sees Faro facing his toughest challenge yet. His plans for a pleasant break from the demands of his job are dashed when he journeys across Germany with Imogen Crowe.

The life of the heir apparent of Luxoria is cruelly threatened, and Faro is delegated by royal command to escort the boy from boarding school in Scotland and restore him to his troubled kingdom. Faro and his charge embark on a perilous and terrifying journey where not even the safety of the Orient Express can protect them.

To make matters worse, the Inspector has personal reasons for his anxiety over the fate of Luxoria's heir, for he knows a secret concerning the boy's birth, a secret that could destroy them all . . .

ISBN: 1 902927 28 1 ... Price: £16.99 (Black & White Publishing) Hardback
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Reached Number 4 in Scottish Bestellers list!

Chilling murders in the heart of Edinburgh
(Foreword by Ian Rankin)

Join Alanna Knight on a chilling, unforgettable trip through the damp, shadowy secrets of Edinburgh's streets.

In 1923 Philip Murray went to the gallows for a brutal murder in Jamaica Street, thanks to a local prostitute turning King's evidence.

In the late 1970s two girls went missing from the World's End pub, never to be seen alive again ­ case unsolved.

In 1987, the body of a young woman was found strangled and dumped in a canal ­ case unsolved. These horrendous crimes have one thing in common...

they all happened in Edinburgh.

In centuries past the High Street ran with gore as clansmen battled to the death, and criminals were gruesomely hung, drawn and quartered at the Tolbooth. Lesser known, however, are the terrible crimes that have been committed in the last century.

In 1954 Donald Merrett walked free after cold-bloodedly murdering his mother, only to return in the 1970s under an assumed name and kill again.

A grim pattern followed by Donald Forbes who, acquitted of a terrible murder in 1958, returned to Edinburgh 40 years later to continue his rein of terror in another death.

Close and Deadly offers a fascinating selection of the most notorious and gruesome murders of the last century, committed within a mile radius of Edinburgh's famous Princes Street.

Take a glimpse at the chilling underbelly of Scotland's thriving capital as Alanna Knight scratches the civilised surface of the city, and reveals what lies beneath.

ISBN: 1 902927 39 7 ... Price: £9.99 (Black & White Publishing) Paperback
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A historical murder mystery, set in the court of Mary Queen of Scots.

It is 1566 and Mary Queen of Scots is in residence at Craigmillar Castle. But as rumours of treasonous plots abound, no one there can feel safe. Least of all Lord James Bothwell, who survives a murderous attack thanks to a lad by the name of Will Fellows.

But what is surprising is that Will snatched the diamond-encrusted dagger not from the hands of an ambitious lord, jealous of Bothwell's close relationship with Mary, but from a woman, who then disappears into the night.

Of the many ladies he knows, who would want him dead? His new bride Jean Gordon, only too aware of his infidelities? Anna Throndsen, the abandoned mother of his son William? Or perhaps one of the many lovers of Mary's dissolute husband Henry Darnley?

When Bothwell's mistress Janet Beaton hears of the attack, she puts her steward Tam Eildor on the assassin's trail. And he must act fast because the attempts on Bothwell's life are about to escalate...

But the enigmatic Tam is a mystery in himself, having arrived at Janet's castle months before with no memory of his name or previous life. All he does have are vague glimpses of the future - a future that looks dark for both Bothwell and his queen...

"I was hooked into a tale that was based on the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but had
all the mystery and intrigue of any Kathy Reichs or P.D. James story"
Peterburgh Evening Telegraph
"an atmospheric novel which recreates a key period in British history to perfection and tells a sinister and inexorable tale"
Sarah Neville
"You can almost smell the miasma of old stone castles and feel the fear that one wrong step will end in the Tollbooth.
This is history that comes to full-blooded life ... the whole thing stays in the mind long afterwards ... a compelling read."
Rachel A Hyde, MyShelf.com
ISBN: 033390415X ... Price £16.99 (Macmillan) Hardback
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Library and Large Print News

An Orkney Murder,  3rd in the Rose McQuinn series
was read 16,500 times in libraries across the UK.

Readers everywhere are demanding paperbacks of
An Orkney Murder, The Inspector's Daughter and Dangerous Pursuits.

All 3  have now been published in Large Print by Magna Books.

All Rose McQuinn titles
now availabel in
Large Print editions from
Thorndike Press, Waterville, Maine USA and Chivers UK

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Alanna's AUDIO Books

(Black Dagger Crime Series, BBC Audio)

Read by Hilary Neville
(Soundings Audio Books, Whitley Bay England)
Now available in libraries

The first Inspector Faro
Read by Robert Powell
(Chivers Audio Books ISBN 0 7540 0352 3)

Read by Alanna Knight
(Magna Story Sound ISBN 1 85903 475 6)

(Soundings Audio Books, Whitley Bay, England)

(Soundings Audio Books, Whitley Bay, England)

Read by Alanna Knight
(Magna Story Sound ISBN 1 85903 476 4)

In preparation
ISIS Audio Books (November 2005)

Audio recordings of all The Rose McQuinn Series...
available from Soundings Audio Books Whitley Bay, England
read by Hilary Neville. 

Borrow them from your local library!

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Inspector Faro Plays

'Inspector Faro Investigates...'

Two murder-mystery plays suitable for hotel, library or personal events.
"Inspector Faro Investigates..."
1. The Case of the Horrific Hotel Slaying
2. The Case of the Vanishing Vagrant
Act 1. the Inspector interviews suspects and produces clues, the audience then has a coffee/wine interval in which they are invited to write down 'whodunit' returning for Act 2 when the Inspector reveals all.

There is a prize for the correct answer. No acting experience (bar the Inspector) is needed.
These plays have proved to be popular, providing a real fun evening for everyone.

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