Sunday, March 29, 2015

An Orkney Murder by Alanna Knight

Title:  An Orkney Murder
Series:  A Rose McQuinn Mystery #3
Author:  Alanna Knight
Published:  June 1/08 by Soundings (1st published February 27/03)
Length:  288pgs
Genre:  mystery
Shelf:  borrowed
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

A long awaited holiday for Rose McQuinn, visiting her sister Emily in Orkney, takes on an unexpected and sinister twist when an archaeological dig for the grave of a 13th century princess, the Maid of Norway, unearths a corpse of a more recent date.

My Review:

This was a very compelling novel. As the mystery unravels I became more and more entrenched in the intricate world created by this talented author. Knight’s descriptions develop the scenery to the most minute detail. She also has a fantastic and solidly developed history and mythology behind the story. She takes readers to Orkney in a very big & real way. Not only are readers transported in space, but in time as well. I quite enjoyed the slightly different look at the times, where cars were just arriving on scene & bicycles were akin to the most dangerous of horses.

I found the main character in this novel to be fun from the get-go. This well-traveled, worldly individual was a joy to get to know. I loved how more layers were revealed the more we got to know about her. Knight has also developed a stunning secondary cast to back her up. The variety of personalities and positions makes you feel like you’re really in this small town, meeting everyone.

This novel is a solid example of what a mystery should be. Knight has told a tale that many will enjoy.

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