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Published by Allison & Busby, 23
March 2017. ISBN: 978-0749021177
Orkney, 1906, and
Inspector Faro’s family has gathered together after the death of his daughter
Emily’s husband. But there are strange goings-on on the royal yacht, anchored
offshore, and two brutal attacks on young men. Soon, Faro senses the danger
moving closer, to threaten his own family ...
The Darkness Within brings Inspector Faro, the analytical, intelligent
detective, now retired from Edinburgh police, into harness with his intuitive,
sensitive younger daughter, Rose, now a lady detective in Edinburgh, and
there’s plenty for them to investigate together in this densely-plotted novel.
The strand of plot involving a missing passenger and mysterious visitor, ‘Mr
Smith’ from the royal yacht, is neatly woven in with a young man who was
attacked while watching for a selkie woman to return, and the legend of the
treasure of the Maid of Norway, who died on her way to Scotland, and was buried
in Orkney. Emily, Faro’s older daughter, is left alone with the great house of
Yesnaby to keep, for the sake of her son, Magnus, but her heart is torn between
handsome, enigmatic Sven and the reliable local doctor. As always, Knight
brings both the landscape of Orkney and life in the past there to life. When
the family comes to Edinburgh, again we see the Edwardian streets and as the
mystery is finally unravelled, there’s an exciting finale on Arthur’s Seat.
cleverly-plotted, atmospheric novel is a treat for Knight’s many fans, with all
their favourite characters together at last, and a delightful introduction for
newcomers to her historical detectives, Faro and Rose. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Alanna Knightis one of the most popular authors in UK
libraries. Named as one of The Times’ “100 Masters of Crime”, she is a leading
crime writer with three historical crime series: the Victorian detective
Inspector Jeremy Faro, lady investigator Rose McQuinn, and time-traveller Tam
She has published 75 works which include romance,
thrillers, historical novels and non-fiction. Alanna is an authority on Robert
Louis Stevenson and she has written true crime, 'how to write' guides and
Hon President of Edinburgh Writers' Club, Honorary
President and founder member of Scottish Association of Writers, member of
Society of Authors and Crime Writers' Association, and Mystery People.
She appears regularly at Edinburgh International Book Festival and many other
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.
A review of her recent book Ghosts
of the Vikings can be read here.