The Harper's Quine (Gil Cunningham Murder Mysteries Series #1)

The Harper's Quine (Gil Cunningham Murder Mysteries Series #1)

by Pat McIntosh


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ISBN-13: 9781569475522
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Series: Gil Cunningham Murder Mysteries Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.11(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Born and brought up in Lanarkshire, Pat McIntosh lived and worked in Glasgow for many years before settling on the West Coast. The Harper’s Quine is the first in the Gil Cunningham medieval mystery series.

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The Harper's Quine (Gil Cunningham Murder Mysteries Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I read the book. It was very slow moving, and every page had at least one word that I did not understand and that wasn’t in the online dictionary. I spend as much time looking up words as I did reading the book.
cathyskye on LibraryThing 10 months ago
First Line: At the May Day dancing at Glasgow Cross, Gilbert Cunningham saw not only the woman who was going to be murdered, but her murderer as well.I am a fan of both historical mystery series and of mysteries set in Scotland. Many of the historical mystery series I've found are set in the eastern part of Scotland. Having more than a drop of Highland blood in my veins, I'm a firm proponent of the idea that there's more to Scotland than Edinburgh and its environs. As a result, I was thrilled when I found this mystery series set in fifteenth-century Glasgow.Gil Cunningham is a newly qualified lawyer whose family expects him to join the priesthood. Although Gil likes the idea of practicing the law, he's not so sure about his vocation for the priesthood. During the May Day celebrations, Gil notices an attractive woman. Later that evening he stumbles upon her body in a building under construction at Glasgow Cathedral, and he's asked to investigate along with Maistre Pierre, a French master mason. The victim was the runaway wife of a cruel and unpleasant nobleman. She had left him to live with a blind harper to whom she bore an infant son. Will Gil be able to find her murderer?Even though the book was filled with unpleasant people, the murderer's identity was rather easy for me to deduce. I didn't find myself caring much because McIntosh's skill in characterization and her richly appointed setting more than made up for that one small weakness. The Harper's Quine is an excellent beginning to this historical mystery series, and I'm looking forward to reading more.
juglicerr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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 1492. 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.
jamespurcell on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Excellent first book in what should be a fun series to read. Good characters and a suitable plot with insights into the life, laws and customs for the time in Glasgow and its environs. An Ershe, Scot, Latin, Italian, French dictionary would have been useful, just kidding. With a grand daughter just starting university and planning to major in Classics, I now have a demonstrable vocation for her to consider; as my personal translator. In this book, the multiple languages* are used aptly to demonstrate, how rich and diverse, life in the border counties could be.*Link to Scottish Language Dictionary on LibraryThing author page.
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