The period detail is extremely convincing in depicting this time of change and upheaval while the characterizations are so well drawn that you regret the end of the book--clever and stunning as it is. I liked the Harper's Quine so much I have given it as a gift several times. The recipients have all been thrilled with the book and clamored for more. One person found this helpful. This is an accomplished mystery with a strong sense of history and character.
The writing is quite polished, especially for a first novel. The setting is Glasgow in The intriguing adventures of the young lawyer, soon to be priest, allow the reader to view a wide section of Scotland - servants, nobles, impoverished gentry. The story touches on points of Scottish law and the intricacies of marital finances, the travels of young scholars, the mingling and separation of lowlander and highlander.
There was a cast of interesting and likeable characters that I look forward to meeting again. The only disappointment is waiting for the second book. See all 30 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 4 months ago.
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Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: If you're of a curious nature it might be a good idea to keep a dictionary on hand. The general context of most of the Scots words is enough to get the gist but those with a love of language may want to know more. The most annoying thing about this series is that this one and the 5th one are the only ones available on Kindle.
I'm not sure why publishers are doing this but I'm hoping that they'll soon get with the program and offer readers the option of paper or digital so I can add this series to my list of must reads! Jan 31, Elizabeth rated it liked it.
This was a quick light mystery set in medieval Glasgow. The main character is a young lawyer, well he's 26 but he reads relatively young. He also comes across as smart and wise so young does not equate to immature.
He's still trying to figure out the next steps in his life which seem to be becoming a priest so he has some income. Apparently it isn't common at this time and place in history to make money as a lawyer. A young woman is killed and it's tragic. She was a good person who had been done This was a quick light mystery set in medieval Glasgow.
She was a good person who had been done wrong, got herself out of a bad situation and into a really good happy one and yet she's knifed in a construction site. Our intrepid lawyer teams up with the mason who was working the construction site to determine who killed her. I never fully understood why the mason was helping.
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All the characters are straightforward. One of them has some odd habits and another acts before he thinks, often violently. I liked the characters but there wasn't a lot to differentiate their personalities. The mystery was interesting but I caught on to the murderer fairly early. There were just a few too many clues. I found myself wanting the lawyer to ask the questions that would unveil the murderer while he was still plodding around the thing. I'd read more in this series.
There were lots of historical tidbits like the songs, the customs and the beliefs. And I liked the love story as well which was told quietly and unrealistically. Aug 04, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Murder in the cathedral in medieval Glasgow At the May Day dancing at Glasgow Cross, Gilbert Cunningham, notary-in-training, see not only the woman who is going to be murdered, but her murderer as well. Gil is a recently qualified lawyer who family still expect him to enter the priesthood. When he finds the body of a young woman in the new building at Glasgow Cathedral he is asked to investigate -- she turns out to have been the May Day harper's mistress and runaway wife of cruel nobleman John Sem Murder in the cathedral in medieval Glasgow At the May Day dancing at Glasgow Cross, Gilbert Cunningham, notary-in-training, see not only the woman who is going to be murdered, but her murderer as well.
When he finds the body of a young woman in the new building at Glasgow Cathedral he is asked to investigate -- she turns out to have been the May Day harper's mistress and runaway wife of cruel nobleman John Sempill. Gil's inquiries lead him to seek a murderer in the heart of the city, but when the killer is finally exposed, justice strikes from an unexpected direction and Gil's own future is left hanging in the balance. Besides, my grandchildren are McIntoshes on their mother's side.
It's well written, with an interesting plot, typically medieval protagonists, and a conflicted hero. All the ingredients for a good mystery. I liked it better than I expected to, and will read the rest of the series St. Dec 25, Ronda rated it really liked it Shelves: Enjoyed reading this, but was really glad to be reading a ePub edition. I used the dictionary feature in Overdrive a LOT and sometimes had to go to the "search Wikipedia" option. I have a feeling that I would have enjoyed the book even more were I more well versed in Scottish and "Ersche" dialects and history.
I ended up skimming over the parts,that got bogged down in dialect or foreign language phrase much as I did in "The DaVinci Code". That said, I enjoyed the characters, the descriptions, Enjoyed reading this, but was really glad to be reading a ePub edition. That said, I enjoyed the characters, the descriptions, the story, and the richness of the writing. I hope to meet many of these characters again in the sequels. Does the Harper have some bearing on whatever kind of living Gil is able to find?
Does the Mason continue to work with Gil and is there perhaps a chance that the Mason and "the Harpy" aka the Harper's good-sister get together?
When will Gil and Alys be wed? Or much later in the series? Will the setting stay the same or will Gil be moving? Perhaps out of the town? Jan 22, Cassandra rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the third time I have read this book, and I liked it very much each time, but somehow it never stuck with me -- or rather, what stayed was the setting and the characters and their relationships, but not the actual solution to the mystery.
Which is very pleasant, as it meant I did not know what was coming and could enjoy each moment of the investigation. It is not a quick book, as there is so much to set up -- Glasgow in the period, all the complex family relationships which are also poli This is the third time I have read this book, and I liked it very much each time, but somehow it never stuck with me -- or rather, what stayed was the setting and the characters and their relationships, but not the actual solution to the mystery.
It is not a quick book, as there is so much to set up -- Glasgow in the period, all the complex family relationships which are also political, the history of the families and the great battle and change in everyone's fortunes in the near past -- but McIntosh does it very skillfully, and if one reads for the place and time and not just for the plot, it is very well done. There is nothing here which transcends the genre, but as historical mysteries go, I think this is a very fine one.
Oct 02, Sara G rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book for the Disney Prince Hopefuls challenge. Read a book with a lion shifter, a character who is very protective, or a character who is in the justice system lawyer, cop, judge, etc. Our protagonist, Gil Cunningham, is a lawyer training to be a priest, and approaches everything with a lawyer's methodical eye.
It's set in medieval Scotland which is very well depicted here, with quite a bit of Scots words throughout to throw me off a bit.
I especially liked the sense that Gil's faith was very real to him--I felt that he took it seriously and that McIntosh took his taking it seriously, seriously. The setting is Glasgow, Scotland, , and the main character is a twenty-six year old man who has a degree in law, but is moving toward becoming a priest. A young woman is killed and it's tragic. No trivia or quizzes yet. If I had to look for a flaw, it would be with the fate of the baddie.
The mystery wasn't too hard to solve I read this book for the Disney Prince Hopefuls challenge. The mystery wasn't too hard to solve, but the methodology of solving the crime is what really interested me here. Basically, a baron's runaway wife living on the road with a harper gets murdered at a church. This book is clearly VERY well researched, with a decent plot and interesting characters.
I'm looking forward to reading the next one. Nov 12, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Lovely, lovely, lovely 15th century Scotland-set mystery with lots of history and a good solid set of murders. Our detective has studied to be a lawyer and is destined for the priesthood with some misgivings. Our victim is a noble woman who ran away from her abusive husband and took up with a blind harper.
The cast is full of interesting secondary characters and the setting is painted magnificently: The characterization isn't as good as Ellis Pet Lovely, lovely, lovely 15th century Scotland-set mystery with lots of history and a good solid set of murders. The characterization isn't as good as Ellis Peters but the use of history and the tangles of the plot were reminiscent of Bro.
Sep 11, Sandy Shin rated it it was amazing. Since finishing this book, I've gone on to read the next three and find n let up on the quality of the writing, the development of characters or the attractiveness of the stories. The most startling discovery is the sophistication of the investigative approach. Other authors Margaret Frazer, Peter Tremayne and Melvin Starr for example have added references to support their representation of the historical backgrounds for their novels, I'd love to know if the picture Ms McIntosh draws is truly representational or is tainted by knowledge of current trends of thought Feb 16, Lexie Conyngham rated it it was amazing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. The settin gwas convincing, and what must have been detailed research was used with a light touch and a clear sense of affection for the background. I found the conversations witty and realistic and the plot was complex and convincing. Anyone concerned by the Scots or Gaelic terms will find they are smoothly explained in the text along I thoroughly enjoyed this. Anyone concerned by the Scots or Gaelic terms will find they are smoothly explained in the text along with the Latin, French and Italian!
I'm very much looking forward to the next in what I believe is already a long series. McIntosh includes just enough Medieval vocabulary and dialect to establish the atmosphere and characters, but not so much that the modern reader cannot follow the dialogue and story. In this work, at least, she does not fall into the Ellis Peters trap of giving her protagonist modern values and attitudes. Although Gilbert Cunningham is more liberal and progressive than most of the other characters, he is still a Medieval man.
The resolution to the mystery is obvious Quality recreational reading. The resolution to the mystery is obvious early on, which is a bit frustrating, but the characters and setting are appealing enough to carry the reader through to the end. Jul 04, Maryann rated it really liked it. I discovered this author when I noticed a new Ravelry group about the Gil Cunningham mysteries.
They're quite different, set in 15th century Glasgow. They feel real to the period, though I know nothing about the period. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Common Knowledge Series Gil Cunningham murder mystery. Gil Cunningham murder mystery Series by cover. Forsaken Soul by Priscilla Royal Same series: Gilbert Cunningham is the youngest son of an aristocratic Scottish family that lost their lands after his father and two older brothers were killed fighting for James III against the future James IV.
Gil is studying to be a notary and working for his uncle David Cunningham who is the senior judge of the Consistory Court of the archdiocese. Gil expects to become a priest: When Gil finds a woman murdered, the case falls under Judge Cunningham's jurisdiction, and he assigns Gil to the investigation. John Semphill of Muirend.
Egidia Muirhead, Lady Cunningham. Related places Glasgow, Scotland, UK.