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This story is set in Victorian Edinburgh and features Inspector Faro. His investigation begins with an unidentifiable body, a pair of jewelled cameos and 30-year-old mystery surrounding a discovery in the old apartments of Mary Queen of Scots. The author has also written ''''Enter Second Murderer'''' and a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Alanna has written more than forty novels (including eleven in the successful Inspector Faro series), four works of non-fiction, numerous short stories and two plays. She is a founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers and Convener of the Scottish Chapter of the Crime Writers' Association and gives talks through the Writers' Register of the Scottish Book Trust.From Publishers Weekly:
Potentially a marvelous mystery of Victorian times, Knight's sequel to Enter Second Murderer sinks under anticlimaxes and wordiness. Inspector Jeremy Faro is at the cliff edge outside Edinburgh Castle where a man has suffered a fatal fall. Picking up a jewel dropped by the victim, Faro recalls a similar jewel left by his father, a constable who had died years earlier while investigating a case known as the "Egyptian Style Curse on Edinburgh Castle." According to rumor, a stillborn infant was discovered behind a wall in the chamber where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to her heir. If an imposter were substituted for the prince, England's rulers have been illegitimate since the 16th century. Faro sets out to learn the truth although he knows that the silence of other investigators has been assured by their "suicides" or "accidental" deaths. In the end, readers arrive at a resolution drenched in sentimentality and remarkably ambiguous morality.
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