This is my review of the book The Evil that Men Do by Alanna Knight which I read recently. This is the third 50p market stall Alanna Knight books, and was well worth the money. It is set in high society of Victorian life.
The hero of the story is again Detective Inspector Jeremy Faro and this time he is a happy man as his stepson Dr Vincent Lauri is going to be married to Grace Langweil. Grace comes from a well to do Edinburgh family,
But sadly Cedric Langweil is found dead. Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? Jeremy is given the unenviable task of investigating. None of the family want to believe it was them.
Was it one of the servants, or someone closer to home. Gradually as the story unfolds the dream of happy- families is destroyed, as a dark family secret is revealed. To say much more will spoil the story though I will say that the final unexpected twist appears right at the end of the story.
An enjoyable atmospheric believable book, and well worth the 50p spent on it. I will keep my eyes out for more of Alanna's books to read in the future.
Having nearly caught up with my backlog of books from my travels in February, I will record this as book 30 week 24 fiction 28 (audio books 4) non fiction 2
To Kill a Queen by Alanna Knight
Friends this is my review of the book To Kill a Queen b y Alanna Knight, which I read recently. This is the second 50p market stall Alanna Knight books, and was well worth the money. It could have been helped by the fact that I read a lot of the story using candle light due to the storm causing a power cut. It all helped create the right sort of atmosphere, helping to bring to life the Victorian drama unfolding in the pages.
The hero of the story is again Detective Inspector Jeremy Faro. He is on holiday in Deeside, but soon he is working by royal appointment, and is instructed to find out who has killed some of Queen Victoria's dogs, whilst she is staying at Balmoral.
Of course this is not the whole story, and soon he is investigating a plot to assassinate the Queen before she leaves Balmoral and returns to London. Along the way there are a couple of murders, and the closer Jeremy gets the more his life is in danger.
He is nearly drowned, then shot at, and his past catches up with him, as the chief suspect. Somehow the mystery of the dogs death must be linked to the potential attempt on the Queens life. Can he solve the mystery in time and save the Queen's life.
This was a very enjoyable atmospheric mystery, as book 8 week 6 fiction 8 (audio book 2) non fiction 0
A Quiet Death by Alanna Knight
Friends this is my review of the book A Quiet Death, which I read a few weeks ago. (The storms, three power cuts and trying to restore data from the backup, have lead to a slight delay in my recording what I have read, but it does not mean that I have not been reading, in fact more so sitting by the fire using the light from a candle)
So getting back to the book. This is the first time I have read an Alanna Knight book, and was not disappointed. The book was set in Victorian Scotland and was very good at painting the atmosphere of what life was like then. The star of the book is a Detective Inspector Jeremy Faro. He has evidently been the star of previous books, and so there was quite a history that came along with him, but this did not matter as Alanna was very good at reminding (or in my case telling first time round) any relevant facts from previous books.
The story hinges around the construction of the Tay Bridge, and a suicide from the semi finished structure. But of course this is a mystery thriller and was the suicide really a suicide or was it murder.
The plot cleverly goes from one mystery to another weaving it tale. Sabotage, bribery and corruption all come into play on this very large building project. It is a very clever fictional tale weaved around real events. In all it was an enjoyable read – fifty pence for the market store well spent.
This was book 6 week 5 fiction 6 (audio book 2) non fiction 0
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