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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 allow 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.
Balancing the murder investigation alongside her obligations to family and friends, Rose discovers ties that reveal that the past has not completely left the present.
What The Critics Said
'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.'
'These stories are always entertaining and exciting to read, Ms Knight being adept at penning a real page-turner. Told as usual in Rose’s own words which adds a sense of immediacy to the tale this one hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until the end, something I like in a mystery story...A fine entry in a continually impressive series.'
Historical Novels Review