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About Alanna Knight
She also wrote a series of books about Tam Eildor, a time-travelling detective, and Alanna was a life-long fan and an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson. In 'A Violent Passion' she wrote about his marriage to Fanny Osbourne. This is also available in e-books.
Alanna lived in Edinburgh, beneath Arthur's Seat, in the dramatic surroundings of Scottish history. A founding member and Honorary President of the Scottish Association of Writers and the Edinburgh Writers' Club and member of Crime writers' Association, she enjoyed researching her books, loved travelling, walking, painting and talking to readers in libraries.
In 2014 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.
She died in December 2020 still writing in her 97th year, and her final novel, Murder at the World's Edge, was published in 2021.
Her books, also in large print and audio, are amongst the most borrowed.
Praise from Ian Rankin: 'Alanna Knight could hardly be better with a crime novelist's insight into motive and aftermath.'
For more information, photos, etc, see www.alannaknight.com
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‘Alanna Knight could hardly be better’ Ian Rankin
When Tam Eildor arrives unexpectedly on a remote Scottish island in the year 1587 after his time machine develops a fault, he quickly finds himself embroiled in the lives of the colourful locals. Many are trying to escape the tyranny of the power-hungry Earl Robert Stewart as, having imprisoned the beautiful Princess Marie for many years, he now plans to force her into a distasteful marriage with his eldest son, Patrick, to further his own ambitions.
Aided by a motley crew including a stowaway, a pirate and one of the earl’s own sons, Eildor attempts a daring rescue of the princess. Together they will travel the oceans in search of Spanish gold, lost loves and new futures.
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.
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.
August, 1811. The latest mistress of George, Prince of Wales, has been murdered in the royal bedchamber, and – more worryingly for the Prince – the historic jewel the Stuart Sapphire has gone missing. The newly created prince Regent knows that rumours of a sordid scandal must be avoided at all costs and plans to dispose of his late lover’s body in secret. Into the confusion walks Tam Eildor, who is appointed the task of finding the unscrupulous killer and the cunning thief. But coping with a double investigation is least of his worries: fifteen-year-old Princess Charlotte has taken a fancy to their Scottish visitor and isn’t afraid to let her feelings show.
Amid a cast of royally quirky and entertaining characters, and as always in constant peril, Tam attempts to solve the dual mystery by outwitting the sinister forces that surround him and plot his death. Another spellbinding mystery from the pen of the highly acclaimed Alanna Knight.
July 1660, Falkland Palace, Fife. After rescuing King James the Sixth from a runaway horse, Tam Eildor finds himself in favour. As the King's new object of affection Tam has become the target for jealous courtiers - and their attentions are seriously hampering his investigation into the murder of Margaret Agnew. Why was the Queen's midwife killed - was it a case of mistaken identity, is it related to secrets from James's past and could Tam's good friend Tansy be at risk? Dangerous forces are at work, forces that will lead the King to Gowrie House and to a mystery that remains unsolved today...
‘MASTER OF CRIME’ THE TIMES
1906. The Faro family gather in Orkney to support grieving widow Emily, but their attention is caught by strange activity aboard the royal yacht anchored nearby. When a body is washed ashore, neither Faro nor his daughter Rose McQuinn can resist the mystery unravelling on the island coastline.
As they delve deeper, Lammastide breathes sinister life into the ancient selkie legend with unexplained accidents and brutal attacks. When shocking truths are uncovered about loyal and trusted servants, Faro and Rose quickly realise the lives of more than one member of their family might be in danger – and time is running out for them.
‘SCOTLAND'S BEST HISTORICAL CRIME WRITER’ ALEX GRAY, AUTHOR OF THE DETECTIVE LORIMER SERIES