Faro and his family are gathered in Orkney for the funeral
of his daughter Emily’s husband Erland Yesnaby. While
they are there, the royal yacht appears nearby and they witness
some odd happenings when a passenger goes overboard and drowns.
When two local men are attacked, and a long-lost relative
comes to stay, it seems that something odd is going on and
family members might be in danger of their lives. It is up
to Faro and Rose to work together and avert more trouble.
This is the first in a new series featuring Ms. Knight’s
two sleuths. At its heart is a family reunion where everybody
meets up and readers are reminded of what has gone before.
All this takes up the bulk of the book, and I found myself
wishing for more mystery and less back story. Anybody starting
this author’s books with this title would disagree with
this, but despite this being the start of a new series, the
best place to start is still with the first Faro book. Reading
about all the characters reminded me of what an enjoyable
experience it is getting to know all the various people in
the series, and despite the slow pace, rest assured that there
is always something going on. From the mysterious happenings
aboard the yacht to the denouement in Edinburgh, the two sleuths
are put through their paces to learn exactly what is going
on before it is too late. Getting up to date with the relationships
of the characters is always an important feature of any long-running
series and is particularly well done by this author.