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Alanna Knight (1923–2020)

Autor/a de The Inspector's Daughter

63+ obres 557 Membres 27 Ressenyes 1 preferits

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Alanna Knight is the founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers.

Inclou aquests noms: Alanna Knight, Alanna Knight


Obres de Alanna Knight

The Inspector's Daughter (2000) 40 exemplars
An Orkney Murder (2004) 34 exemplars
Enter Second Murderer (1988) 33 exemplars
Murder in Paradise (2009) 26 exemplars
Blood Line (1989) 22 exemplars
The Coffin Lane Murders (1998) 22 exemplars
Deadly Beloved (1990) 18 exemplars
Dangerous Pursuits (2002) 17 exemplars
The Seal King Murders (1656) 16 exemplars
Murder by Appointment (1996) 15 exemplars
Ghost Walk (2004) 14 exemplars
The Gowrie Conspiracy (2003) 14 exemplars
Killing Cousins (1990) 13 exemplars
Destroying Angel (2007) 13 exemplars
Quest for a Killer (2010) 12 exemplars
The Missing Duchess (1994) 11 exemplars
The Stuart Sapphire (2006) 11 exemplars
A Quiet Death (1991) 11 exemplars
Murders Most Foul (2013) 10 exemplars
Deadly Legacy (2012) 10 exemplars
The Balmoral Incident (2014) 10 exemplars
Castle of Foxes (1981) 9 exemplars
Death at Carasheen (2004) 8 exemplars
The Final Enemy (2002) 8 exemplars
Burke & Hare: Crime Archive (2007) 8 exemplars
Legend of the Loch (1969) 7 exemplars
To Kill a Queen (1992) 7 exemplars
The Evil That Men Do (1996) 7 exemplars
The Dagger in the Crown (2001) 7 exemplars
A Drink for the Bridge (1976) 6 exemplars
The Bull Slayers (1995) 6 exemplars
Lament for Lost Lovers (1972) 6 exemplars
Akin to Murder (2016) 6 exemplars
The Royal Park Murder (1999) 5 exemplars
The Monster in the Loch (1999) 4 exemplars
Faro and the Royals (2005) 4 exemplars
Dead Beckoning (1999) 4 exemplars
Castle Clodha (1972) 3 exemplars
The Black Duchess (1980) 3 exemplars
White Rose (1977) 3 exemplars
Estella (1986) 3 exemplars
The October Witch (1971) 2 exemplars
Look to the lady [short story] (1997) 2 exemplars
The clan (1985) 2 exemplars
The Wicked Wynsleys (1977) 1 exemplars
Angel Eyes (1997) 1 exemplars
In the Shadow of the Minster (2002) 1 exemplars
The Sweet Cheat Gone (1992) 1 exemplars
This Outward Angel (1993) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Crime Through Time: Original Tales of Historical Mystery (1997) — Col·laborador — 129 exemplars
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits (2007) — Col·laborador — 58 exemplars
Guilty Consciences (2011) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Knight, Gladys Allan Cleet
Altres noms
Hope, Margaret (pen name)
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Lloc de defunció
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Llocs de residència
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
crime writer
detective novelist
painter (mostra-les totes 9)
creative writing teacher
public speaker
historical novelist
Edinburgh Writers' Club
Scottish Association of Writers
Society of Authors
Crime Writers' Association
Premis i honors
Biografia breu
Alanna Knight was born Gladys Allan Cleet in Jesmond, a suburb of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. Her father was a master butcher. She left school at age 16 and trained as a secretary at a commercial college.
In 1951, she married Alistair Knight, a scientist, and lived in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he had a post at the Macaulay Institute of Soil Research. The couple had two sons. In 1963, her husband's work took the family to Beirut, Lebanon, for a six-month assignment. It was shortly after, in 1964, that Alanna Knight became paralyzed by polyneuritis (neuropathy). Her husband gave her an electric typewriter to help in her recovery, and by the time the paralysis ended five years later, she had written her first novel, Legend of the Loch (1969). Her literary career was launched, and she published another 61 books over the next 50 years, ranging from romantic and historical fiction to gothic suspense, true crime, memoirs, and biography. Some of her books appeared under the pen name Margaret Hope. Her best known series was the Inspector Jeremy Faro mysteries, set in 19th century Edinburgh. She also wrote a series about a time-traveling detective named Tam Eildor, and series about women detectives. Knight was honorary president of the Edinburgh Writers Club, a founder and honorary president of the Scottish Association of Writers, and an active member of the Crime Writers' Association. She taught creative writing and lectured on the topic from universities to Bloody Scotland, a literary convention. She was also a portrait and landscape painter. Knight was made a Member of the British Empire for services to literature in 2014.



Worn down from caring for her terminally ill father, May Lachlan travels to the Scottish island of Clodha after his death, visiting the paternal grandmother and kin she had never met. Here she finds herself drawn to Roderick 'Rory' MacMhor, the lord of Castle Clodha and the chief of the MacMhor clan. Haunted by a centuries-old curse, cast by a witch wronged by one of his ancestors, the MacMor are said to be unlucky in love. As May confronts Rowan, the witch whose ghost still still haunts Castle Clodha, she must also deal with danger in the real world...

Before stumbling across Castle Clodha on the Internet Archive the other day, I had never heard of author Alanna Knight, who apparently lives in the Edinburgh area, and is particularly known for her mystery novels. I'm not sure why I decided to read it - perhaps because the cover reminded me of those old 70s Harlequin romances that used to crop up at our church rummage sales, when I was a girl? Perhaps because the book summary reminded me a bit of the gothic romances from authors like Mary Stewart, that I enjoyed as an adolescent? In any case, I did read it, and despite being well aware of its over the top melodrama, and seeing its big reveal almost from the beginning, I enjoyed it. May's perspective on the 'savagery' of Highland culture was somewhat odd - her reflections would lead one to believe that she had traveled to an utterly alien culture, where (unlike in England) men sometimes fight one another (the horror!) - and there was lots of that "mystical Scottish magic" stuff that was amusing in ways the author perhaps didn't intend. Still, if one get swallow all that, and if one likes the genre of gothic mystery-romance, it's an entertaining way to spend an hour or two.
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AbigailAdams26 | Jun 22, 2020 |
Insp Faro and 30 yr old mystery threat to British throne
ritaer | Jun 13, 2020 |
Victorian Edinburgh Isp. Faro, woman frames police surgeon for own murder then relents
ritaer | Jun 12, 2020 |
It’s a good piece of historical detective fiction with plenty of action and twists to keep the reader interested. There are two plots going which sometimes becomes a little hard to follow but the outcome is not too hard to guess. Overall it was well written and a very enjoyable read. Loved the descriptions of the Orkney Islands.
Carol420 | Jan 5, 2020 |



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