Alanna Knight is one of the most popular authors in UK
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
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.
Latest news from Alanna Knight:
'THE DARKNESS WITHIN" - COMING IN MARCH 2017
Celebrate the launch with Alanna in Blackwells Bookstore Edinburgh on Wednesday March 15th
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
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
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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
My latest Rose McQuinn mystery is now out!
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!
and a bright new cover for my Burke and Hare, book, too...
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!
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
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.
"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:
click here for complete list and all Alanna's news about E-books
My latest e-book is the 12th Inspector Faro Mystery
"The Final Enemy"
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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- The Seal King Murders
- Alanna"s Book Recommendations
- Quest for a Killer
- Alanna's 40th Anniversary celebrations
- Murder in Paradise
- Close and Deadly - special offer
- Black Dagger Classical Crime
- Destroying Angel - the Fifth Rose McQuinn
- Miss Havisham's Revenge - new short story
- Burke and Hare - true crime story
- The Stuart Sapphire - The latest Tam Eildor mystery
- Inspector Faro Investigates - Alanna's Mystery Play
- Ghost Walk - The latest in the Rose McQuinn Series
- Faro and the Royals - Three Classic Faro Cases
- Enter Second Murderer - Faro's Debut Mystery
- Unholy Trinity - the latest case for Inspector Faro
- The Gowrie Conspiracy
- The third in the Rose McQuinn series - An Orkney Murder
- Alanna Knight - a favourite in UK Libraries
- Best-selling US author honours Alanna
- Alanna Knight's 50th Book - The Final Enemy
- Non-fiction Crime Title - Close and Deadly
- The Dagger in the Crown - a haunting, historical murder mystery
THE MIDNIGHT VISITOR
The Midnight VisitorMort Manor is shunned by villagers.
(a ghost story)
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.
MURDERS MOST FOUL
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.
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:
THE BULL SLAYERS
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.
The Bull Slayers: Inspector Faro No 9 (UK Kindle Amazon.co.uk)
The Bull Slayers: Inspector Faro No 9 (USA Kindle Amazon.com)
MURDER BY APPOINTMENT
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.
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,
FOR ALL DETAILS ABOUT ALANNA'S E-BOOKS, CLICK HERE
DEADLY LEGACY, the new Rose McQuinn was published by Allison and Busby on Monday 26th March.
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.
New in 2011:
THE SEAL KING MURDERS
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:
THE WINTER GHOSTS
by Kate Mosse
Charming, enchanting and haunting - you'll keep on remembering it.
FOLLOWING THE DETECTIVES
(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.
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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FARO IS BACK!
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 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...MURDER IN PARADISE
"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;
ENTER SECOND MURDERER
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)
Fifth 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?
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And now out in AUDIODEADLY 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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new short story...
"MISS HAVISHAM'S REVENGE"
(adapted from Alanna's novel "Estella")
MAMMOTH BOOK OF DICKENSIAN WHODUNITS
Constable and Robinson
available from Amazon
BURKE & 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.
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THE THIRD TAM EILDOR TIME-QUEST...In 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.
The Stuart Sapphire
‘Taut with tension and an air of authority that stems from Knight’s expertise in Scottish History’
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.
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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 SECOND TAM EILDOR TIME-QUEST...
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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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.
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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. http://www.barbarawood.com
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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 . . .
Read more about the Inspector Faro Series
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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.
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ofAlanna Knight's research for this book
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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"
"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 click below to buy this book
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