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The Rough Collier (Gil Cunningham #5)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  177 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Praise for Pat McIntosh:

“McIntosh’s characterizations and period details are first rate and bode well for future entries in this series.”—Publishers Weekly

“McIntosh provides an intelligent, authentic, and suspenseful historical whodunit that will please the most demanding of Ellis Peters’ fans.”—Booklist

Gil Cunningham, a young notary, has escaped a life in the Church to
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Soho Constable (first published 2008)
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Aug 12, 2013 Penny rated it really liked it
This is a historical mystery set in Scotland, out in the countryside.

I have not read any others of this series but I will. The book zips along following the disappearance of a man who collects rents from the surrounding area on behalf of his employer. There are a lot of characters to get straight but the writing is clear and the evoking of rural mediaeval Scotland is well done. There is a wonderful collection of totally odd words and phrases that I've never heard but that you work out from the c
Jul 28, 2011 Paula rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, series, historical
It was once again a pleasure to return to this series of books, featuring lawyer and reluctant detective Gil Cunningham in book 5 of a consistently excellent series set in the unusual surroundings of medieval Scotland.

In 'The Rough Collier' Gil and his new wife are visiting Gil's mother when he's called to investigate a body that has been dug up from a local peat bog. The village priest is certain it's a missing man from the nearby colliery but Gil isn't so sure, particularly when the explanatio
Dec 31, 2011 Spuddie rated it really liked it
#5 Gil Cunningham mystery set in 15th century Glasgow and environs. Gil and his bride Alys are off to visit his mother in the country and while there his expertise is sought when a corpse is found in a peat bog by peat cutters. At first they think it's a local who's been missing for a few weeks, but later it's determined that the body has been there much longer. However, Gil is curious as to why the hue and cry hasn't been officially raised about the man who's been missing some five weeks, and f ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Still loving this series and enjoying the increasing level of participation in solving mysteries by Gil's new bride Alys. This one had no presence of her father who played such an important role in previous books. There is a generous good will touched with loving humour as the author depicts life and peoples of rural areas in the 15th Century. Suspicion of witchcraft was one element dealt with as well as many discussions and descriptions of peat - all greatly amusing to me.
Dec 22, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book and I like the characters and the historical sense of place in history.

I have been reading the Gil Cunninham books in order, which I think is the only way to read them as the characters develop and are added to as the saga progresses. It would be a good thing of there was a family tree published at the start of the book, so the reader can refer back from time to time. Unless you are sitting down to read all or most of the book in one day, it becomes a bit hard to keep track of a
Aug 07, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Frustrating. Although I enjoy McIntosh's authentic Medieval details and attitudes, lightened with a bit of modern attitude, the "mystery" is practically non-existent. It's obvious quite early who the murderer is and unbelievable that Gil is unable to decipher (literally) the clue that reveals the identity -- I, too, turned away in disgust. One motive is also patently obvious, although I was surprised by the other and was unable to interpret those clues correctly, relying as they do on the Mediev ...more
May 09, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it
Good characters and a nice 1400s Scotland period piece. And an interesting mystery, although I did struggle a bit with the many characters and the dialect.
Jun 21, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Another fine late medieval/early renaissance mystery in the Gil Cunningham series. Gil and Alys, finally married, are really a great couple and this mystery, involving a body found in the peat bog, a missing husband, and a witch-hunting priest, is filled with interesting characters and historical facts. There is a section towards the end where you may get bored, knowing who the murderer is and wondering how there can be 70 more pages, but if you stick with it you will enjoy the surprisingly exci ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Mairi rated it really liked it
I love that there's a mystery series set in 15th Century Glasgow. Sometimes, however, I'm a little disappointed with the books themselves. This one was slow going - it took me about 100 pages to really get hooked. From there on out I really enjoyed the story, and didn't guess what was going on until very near the end. Gil Cunningham is a very likeable character, as is Alys. I enjoy this series.
Nov 16, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
A Gil Cunningham Murder Mystery. While Gil and his new bride are visiting his family estates a body is found by peat-cutters. Gil is pulled into the mystery when a local wise women is accused of witchcraft. A local man is missing but the corps seems much older. Gil discovers a tangled web of deaths and coverup.
Jul 16, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it
One of the best in this series of mysteries set in 15th century Scotland. A body is found in the peat, possibly a man missing from the village weeks ago, possibly a long-lost saint... It is up to Gil and Alys, now newly wed, to find out.
I get so caught up in the characters and the world of 1400s Scotland that I forget to follow the clues to the murder(s) Gil Cunningham and his lady Alys are trying to solve! I really love to fall into a Pat McIntosh stirt!
Gil and his new bride Alys leave Glasgow to visit his mother when a body is foud in the peat. The investigation follows the usual path to a surprising twist. Enjoyable as usual.
Mar 11, 2013 Donald rated it it was ok
Totally agree with all the other reviews, the culprit was obvious from the start and the plot was simply playing catch-up, not a great addition to the series.
May 17, 2012 Rachel marked it as to-read
Picked up a couple of books at the Festival. I've never heard of the books or the authors but I was in the mood for a mystery and liked the cover art.
May 02, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much - all of the Gil Cunningham books are great. And learning about medieval Scotland is a big plus!
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Oct 12, 2010 Maureen E rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
Another Gil Cunningham mystery, this one perhaps a shade less impressive/interesting than the others.
Oct 16, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
A good read - I did guess the murderer though which is always a little disappointing
Jul 23, 2008 Mary added it
I enjoy the Gil Cunningham series, good characters and brings the era alive.
Aug 30, 2013 Judy added it
Always enjoy this series!
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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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