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Fleshers Close in Edinburgh had attained
notoriety some forty years ago by association with serial killers Burke and
Hare.Now here in 1861Detective Constable Faro is looking at the
body of a young woman as he waits for the mortuary van. In the surrounding
tenements no one saw anything!
It is assumed to be a random act of violence, until Faro
finds a single playing card under the body – the nine of diamonds.But Inspector Wade is dismissive and
Detective Sergeant Gosse openly hostile, but then Faro and Gosse have history.
Some days later an elderly man is attacked. As it was
assumed by Wade and Gosse that the dead girl founds days earlier was a
prostitute, they do not consider any connection with this crime, but the nine
of diamonds is found in the man’s pocket.
Faro is walking out with Lizzie Laurie, a servant girl who
has raised herself up from humble beginnings and is deeply in love with Faro.
But Faro’s heart still remains in his native Orkney with Inga St Ola. When a
servant at Lizzie's place of work goes missing, Lizzie reports it to the police
causing trouble for herself with both her employer and with Faro.
The mystery is intriguing, as are the many facets of the
characters. All have something to hide, and many much to lose.Apart from Faro it seemed to me that they all
lived in fear, even those who looked secure on the outside live with the
knowledge that at any moment their prized security could be ripped away from
Just what is the significance of
the nine of diamonds?And how does it
link to a servant girl and an elderly retired boxer
Evoking the period vividly, with some interesting references to the many
legends of ’The Curse of Scotland’Knight
weaves a fascinating tale of murder and revenge.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes
Alanna Knight published her first novel in 1969
and has been writing ever since. She is the author countless novels, short
stories and even plays and her work includes three historical crime series –
the Victorian detective Inspector Faro series, her Rose McQuinn series
(featuring Faro’s daughter) and her intrepid time-traveller Tam Eildor series.
She is also an authority on Robert Louis Stevenson, a founder member and
official of Scottish Association of Writers, and a regularly at Edinburgh
International Book Festival. She lives in Edinburgh