The 4th book in Alanna Knight’s Rose McQuinn historical crime fiction series, Ghost Walk is set in 1897 mainly in Eildon, a village in the Scottish Borders.
Three years have passed since Rose McQuinn’s husband, Danny, disappeared in Arizona, whilst working for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. During that time she has become a Lady Investigator and is about to marry her lover, Detective Inspector Jack Macmerry of the Edinburgh Police. But when a nun from the local convent claims to have received a letter from Danny she is anxious to find out if he is still alive. Rose hopes Danny’s older relative, Father McQuinn, a priest living in the village of Eildon in the Scottish Borders will be able to tell her more.
Rose lives in Solomon’s Tower, a (fictional) tower at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, an old volcano in Edinburgh. A mysterious deerhound, Thane lives somewhere on Arthur’s Seat and often accompanies her. There is a deep bond between the two of them and he often seems to read her mind and understand when she is in danger. As the novel begins Rose and Thane go to Eildon, to meet her future in-laws, just before the wedding, which will also give her an opportunity to talk to Father McQuinn. However, before she can ask him about Danny, he dies under mysterious circumstances and Rose becomes convinced that both his death and that of his housekeeper are in fact murders.
But the main focus of this book is not the murder mystery, nor the suspicions about a Fenian plot to assassinate Queen Victoria during the Jubilee celebrations, but the relationships between Rose and Jack, who has to stay in Edinburgh to testify at a trial, and also between Rose and Jack’s parents, particularly his mother who refuses to acknowledge that Rose is a widow. It also highlights the position of women in a country village during that period. I wanted to know more about Thane, particularly his role at the end of the book – how did he escape with his life?
I liked Rose for her determination to discover the truth and her persistence in being a Lady Detective, despite much opposition. There are nine books in the Rose McQuinn series. I’ve read the first one as well as Ghost Walk and hope to read the others to find out more about her.
- Publisher : Allison & Busby (6 Sept. 2012)
- File size : 537 KB
- Print length : 288 pages
- My own copy
- Rating: 3*
4 thoughts on “Ghost Walk by Alanna Knight”
It sounds as though this book has a real sense of place and time, Margaret. I do like books that give a look at what society is like at a certain time, and the mystery sounds interesting, too. I’m glad you enjoyed this.
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Alanna Knight also wrote a series about Rose McQuinn’s father – the Inspector Faro series – as well as numerous other books. I don’t have any of them, so there are plenty to look out for.
I would struggle to read a series like this out of order! Did you think that had any impact on your reading experience
Thank you for sharing your review with the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
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That’s an interesting question, Marg and I don’t really know the answer. I much prefer to read a series in order, but with the Rose McQuinn books I first came across one of the later books in the library and just began reading. I did that with Ian Rankin’s Rebus books and then decided I needed to read them in order.
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