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by Alanna Knight
Allison and Busby, March 2006
288 pages
ISBN: 0749082038

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Rose McQuinn has returned home from America. Her husband is presumed dead even though his body was never recovered and her baby died in the Wild West. Rose hopes that by returning home she might find some peace and serenity in her own life.

Unfortunately Edinburgh is not as it once was. Her stepbrother, whom she had hoped to stay with, has become Physician to the Royal Family and now resides in London. Luckily she has inherited a house in town for her use. She has also inherited a small bit of money that will make her future just a little bit easier. The town itself is in an uproar over the murder of a young servant girl. No one has been arrested for the crime and many fear that the killer will strike again.

As Rose settles in, she runs into her old school friend Alice. Alice is sure that her husband is having an affair. She believes that their marriage has been happy but now Matthew, her husband is acting secretively, so she begs Rose to find the truth.

As Rose's father was a famous police detective, until he took up with a radical and fled the country, she has learned much of the investigating trade. While she is worried about what she might discover, Rose feels that she has no choice but to assist. What she discovers is another story. Matthew's strange behavior might in fact have something to do with the dead girl. As Rose attempts to find the answers her friend desires, she must keep on her toes before she becomes the killer's next victim.

THE INSPECTOR'S DAUGHTER is told from Rose's point of view. Her opinions about her own life and that of the village drive the narrative. For most of the book, Rose is a fine narrator; but at times she is somewhat aggravating. She finds faults in others but cannot always see the same faults in herself. This slightly narrow-mindedness is unbecoming and makes Rose appear untrustworthy in her narration. Admittedly these occasions are rare but that makes them stand out even more.

THE INSPECTOR'S DAUGHTER does have several positive elements in addition to the above complaint. For example, Rose is indeed a decent investigator. While she occasionally gets herself into dangerous and stupid situations, she usually manages to talk her way out of them. In addition, she has a knight in shining armor in the form of a wild deerhound and knows how to use a knife when necessary.

One of Rose's best traits is that she has the ability to see connections and understand people's motives, which allows her to see things that others miss. These hidden clues are things that will help stop a killer from striking again.

Reviewed by Sarah Dudley, May 2006

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