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The Fourth Crow (Gil Cunningham #9)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  96 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the ninth Gil Cunningham mystery set in medieval Glasgow, the crime-solving notary investigates the slaying of a woman found dead outside a cathedral.

Tied to St. Mungo's Cross by the cathedral, to be cured of her madness overnight by the saint, a young woman is found in the morning beaten and strangled, still tied to the cross.

Who would flout the saint's protection
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Soho Constable (first published January 1st 2012)
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Cheryl Gatling
This is a murder mystery that takes place in medieval Scotland. (It's part of a series, which I didn't realize when I picked it up, but I was able to follow the story with no problem.) The process of solving the mystery varies not at all from a contemporary detective story. Gil Cunningham, and his wife and associates, examine the scene of the crime for clues, interview witnesses, mull through the possible motives and opportunities, and rule out what doesn't fit. I didn't actually buy that. I bel ...more
3 1/2 stars for this solid entry in a long-running series.

This series is one of my favorites in the historical mystery genre. Set in Glasgow, Scotland in the late 1400s, it is stuffed to the brim with local color. By now, we have come to know quite well Gil and his charming (and very, very clever)wife Alys. The expanded cast includes Alys's father,Pierre, Gil's assistant Lowrie, and varied and sundry family members--all of whom lend a hand in solving the mysteries. The town and church officials
I believe The Fourth Crow is the tenth book in the Gil Cunningham Murder Mystery series, but you don’t need to have read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. In fact, this is the first Gil Cunningham Murder Mystery that I’ve read, but I’ll definitely be taking a look back at the others when I’ve time.

Pat McIntosh’s prose, descriptions and the characters’ accents easily took me to being an onlooker within the story. The fascinating historical detail of the time was such that it was so
I love this series ... I really do. One book a year isn't enough, but I confess, this last one probably was my least favorite. I kept setting it aside and moving on to other interests. I think my biggest complaint, at least for me anyway, was that there were just too many characters in the story. I had wished that there had been fewer and the ones left were better developed. At times I found it confusing just trying to keep everyone straight.

Each book in the series can be read alone, but it doe
I read this title out of sequence, as my library owned it, but not the two titles before it. As usual, I loved being drawn into the details of life in 15th century Glasgow. Gil Cunningham is advancing in his world, and his household increases. In this story a young woman is tied to St. Mungo's Cross to cure her madness. The next morning the body tied to the cross is beaten beyond recognition, and has been strangled after death. Deaths mount, and this mystery seems beyond solving, but with young ...more
Ray Melville
Interesting book, well written and a devious plot, but the writer fails to convince me of the era this was set in. The characters could be modern day, and not 1400s.
Jo Bennie
Maister Gil Cunningham is Blacader's quaestor, the man in medieval Glasgow charged with investigating suspicious deaths and bringing the perpetrators to justice, in effect a detective. A woman has been tied to St Mungo's Cross to cure her melancholic madness, not unusual in itself, but now she is dead. Gil's investigation rapidly becomes more convoluted, McIntosh weaves together medieval Scots with early Glasweigian life where the church ordered the hours of the day and the law of the land into ...more
Another great set of crimes and puzzles for Gil Cunningham to get to the bottom of. A missing madwoman, a murdered whore, holy pilfering, and two sacrilegious murders in Holy Chapels.
My only criticism is that sometimes he's slow to put things together that seem obvious. My other qualm is the gap between books, which seem to contain juicy stories we only hear of in passing - an unexpected wedding, an expected move, and a whole adventure with the King to The Isles have been and gone since we last
St Mungo's Cross is a popular place to tie your mad folk to in medieval Glasgow and one night a widowed gentlewoman is just such a case. By the morning it's a corpse tied to the cross that's been beaten to a pulp and strangled. Gil gets caught up with the investigation into the death and her family and solves it with the help of his wife Alys. I do enjoy this series for the characters as well as the murder/mystery in each book.
I really enjoyed this book and am thrilled it's a series. It's set in medieval Scotland and is full of period details including language, social mores, rituals, all kinds of fun stuff. The mystery was nicely complicated. There wasn't a lot of deep characterization because there was so much else going on but that's one of the beauties of it being a series.
This 9th book in the Gil Cunningham series investigates the disappearance/death of an allegedly mad woman tied to St. Mungo's Cross in hopes of a cure. I love property disputes, but following all the wills and dower agreements in this one was tough. Meanwhile, both Gil and Maitre Pierre are having domestic troubles.
It was awesome..every book is better than the one before it.
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McIntosh was born and raised in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Having begun to write at age seven, she credits the author who inspired her to write as "probably Angus MacVicar!" She lived and worked in Glasgow for many years before moving to the west coast of Scotland. Prior to making her mark as an author, she worked as "a librarian, a receptionist for an alternative therapy centre, taught geology and pa ...more
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