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The Stolen Voice (Gil Cunningham #6)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In Sir William’s remote part of Scotland it seems almost possible that a young boy could have been stolen away by the fairies and returned forty years later without having visibly aged. And if the boy isn’t Davie Drummond, who is he? Then he suffers a succession of near-fatal “accidents.” Could there be a connection with four other local singers who have vanished, one of t ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Soho Constable (first published January 1st 2009)
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This series just keeps getting better. Gil and Alys find themselves on a quest to solve two mysteries, the disappearance of a clerk and the reappearance of a young boy said to have been taken to Elfhame (by the fairies) some 30 years prior. Two mysteries turn to several as we meet up with some former acquaintances and are introduced to some new. I loved the description of the countryside and especially the description of the ceilidh. The author's note at the end provides a much appreciated link ...more
I doubt I'll go further with the series. Neither the characters nor the mysteries are at all compelling. The installment features far too many secondary characters and too many plot threads in too many different locations. The one story line that promised to be intriguing was given extremely short shrift, in favor of the tangential political mystery. The work needs to be either longer, to flesh out the various threads, or shorter, with fewer. I quit trying to remember who the characters were; si ...more
I do enjoy this series set in 16th C. Scotland, and this one was a particularly interesting mystery relating to a young man who has supposedly returned home after 30 years--but only having aged a few years. Supposedly he was stolen by the fairy folk--whom most believe in at least to a degree, and don't often speak about out loud. Gil is sent north to investigate the disappearance of some other choral singers that may be tied in to Davie Drummond's reappearance and of course the whole mess ends u ...more
This is the sixth In a series of mysteries set in 1400s Scotland and I think it is the best so far. The investigators are now a settled partnership and the tale is related through both their viewpoints. The story begins with the apparent return of a teenage boy whom it was believed was snatched away by fairy folk 30 years ago and kept in Elfland (where they don't eat much kale apparently). The investigators are understandably dubious but are more concerned by the recent disappearance of more ind ...more
After a few disappointing books, where 'whodunnit' was obvious from the start, this was a nice return to quite a puzzling plot, involving disappearing choristers, murdered servants, espionage and a boy returned from the land of fairies.
The boy spirited away and returned to his family 30 years later is a bit of a red herring, and turns out exactly as you'd expect, but links in to the other two mysteries nicely, and not being set in Glasgow or nearby the newly-weds get a little bit of an overdue h
A bishop's clerk is missing, as are several singers from the Highlands of Scotland. One singer, lost for 30 years, has returned home unchanged from "under the hill" with the good neighbors. Someone has leaked the details of a treaty. With the help of his wife Alys, who comes into her own in this latest mystery, Gil Cunningham must determine what's going on - and whether all these cases are related.

Unusually, Alys and Gil are detecting separately, although they are both in the Highlands, adding
Compared to earlier books in the series, I had trouble getting into this one. The multiple plot threads made the first third of the book pretty dry, to the point I didn't care whether Davie was the missing son or not. FORTUNATELY, when Gil begins to make the case that all three mysteries are linked, I enjoyed the unraveling of it all. Still, to give the reader too many clues to sort through, it wasn't as good as McIntosh's books because you didn't stand a chance of solving things on your own. Th ...more
Jun 22, 2009 Lynn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of medieval tales and mysteries
Recommended to Lynn by: I'm a fan of the series
I really enjoy McIntosh's books, and I look forward to new ones. They're not quick reads, but they're carefully plotted and rich with period detail. There's so much to learn about the society of the time, and it's interesting to see Gil Cunningham try to solve crimes using the knowledge of the day. This one had a lot of characters, so I had to keep reminding myself who was talking, and the plot was a bit convoluted, but I do really enjoy both Gil and his wife Alys. She's an extraordinary charact ...more
Sandy Shin
A part of a series I am really enjoying.

I was born a Hamilton and my visit to Scotland introduced me to the very real importance of clan and loyalty to your name - a concept vshery new to a modern American who had been taught to look at each person, their attitudes and actions rather than assign a set of expectations to a person based on their family name.

This series shows a complete society which is based on such widely-held expectations and the contrast of the intelligence and familiarity of
Gil comes cross a Martin Guerre case, this one involving the return of a young man supposedly stolen by the fairies 30 years ago and only aged about 5 years. There are also missing choirmen and the return of some old adversaries. Decent enough book in the series but there seemed to be too many strands to try and follow
I love these books! I just sink right into the environment and live in the past. The occasional problem is a Scots word that I do not understand, but McIntosh has recommended the Dictionary of the Scots Language on the Internet, and it has answered my needs effectively, since I misplaced my Gaelic Dictionary . . .
I just picked this up on a whim from the new book shelf at my library, and was not expecting much from it. To my surprise, it is a nice little story and a pretty good little mystery. I enjoyed it a lot; it is apparently the sixth in a series and I am off to hunt up the other five.
Patricia Martin
An interesting mystery set in the middle ages in Scotland. The hero has to solve murders, arson, and a theft of a young boy supposedly by the fairies. The most intersting part is all the details of daily life among various social groups in the towns that he needs to visit.
This one was quite tricky! I couldn't figure out what was going on at all. Some characters from an earlier book returned in this, which was handled nicely. There were intricate, interesting characters. I really enjoyed it.
Maureen E
I did like this one a lot. The mystery was fascinating, and I enjoyed the new view into Robert Montgomery’s character. [Sept. 2010]
I knew the answers to this one within a few pages...
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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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