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The Harper's Quine (Gil Cunningham #1)

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When newly qualified lawyer Gil Cunningham finds the body of a young woman in Glasgow Cathedral he is asked to investigate. He identifies the corpse as a woman he recognized at the May Day dancing in Glasgow Cross, the runaway wife of the cruel and unpleasant nobleman John Semphill. With Maistre Pierre, a French master mason involved in a new building at the Cathedral, Gil ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 26th 2004 by Carroll & Graf (first published January 1st 2004)
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I am somewhat conflicted about this book. The characters were really great. Gil and Alys both have somewhat modern views views for their time but not so extreme that you feel like a 21st centutry person fell through time and is now enraged by the treatment of the poor/women/children or holds speeches about how capital punisment is wrong.
The mystery itself was quite well done, too. I did figure out who did it about halfway-through but I had no idea about the why and figuring out that together wit
Gil Cunningham is a medieval Scottish man tasked with investigating the death of a harper's woman. Learned in law and intended for the church, he is reasonable and does not jump to conclusions. With help from a mason (who has a lively, lovely, single daughter), Gil solves the crime - and finds himself a bride.

This is the first in a series, the rest of which I have not yet read. I was interested to see if I could find something kind of similar to the Cadfael series, but I am not a fan of medieval
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I know I am smitten by a good story if it has me seeking out more information on the time or place (Wikipedia has not been helpful this time, however).

Even though I figured out who the murderer was by the middle of the book, it was still quite enjoyable watching Maister Gil untangle the knot too. While I knew "who", I didn't quite figure out "why" until our protagonist did. Intertwined with the story is Gil who is given the duty to ferret out the murderer. He's a newly minted lawyer and on the t
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not sure how I heard of Pat McIntosh – possibly one of the Amazon “customers who bought this also bought…” lists. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the first one because of the use of dialect, some of which I still haven’t been able to figure out from the context, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it “The harper’s quine” and then went on to “The Nicholas feast.” I am lost in the Scots politics of Campbells and Montgomerys and Hamiltons and Cunninghams – maybe I need to read a history o ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
This is another book that I picked up because a friend enjoyed it. It's a murder mystery, set in late 15th-century Glasgow, a time and place about which I know pretty much nothing. Which is probably a good thing, because if there are any anachronisms I didn't notice them.

The setting is, in fact, very well drawn; I felt I was seeing a good picture of medieval Glasgow and its habits and customs. Characterisation is strong too, with even the minor characters clearly delineated. And the plot...yes,
Tomgirl deni
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable will be reading more by this author. never really thought of Glasgow being a mediaeval town before.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A slow start, but hang in there, the action picks up. Good mystery plot.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this first book. It was an easy, yet entertaining read; perfect for a cozy winter weekend by the fireplace. I will definitely continue reading this series.
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the plot of this novel but found the language used to be difficult to understand at times. The characters are all well developed but there are just too many of them to keep straight.
Maureen E
Jun 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
by Pat McIntosh

I picked this one up at a recent public library trip after a recommendation from Deb. I was hoping for a satisfying mystery with interesting characters and a clearly drawn setting. I definitely found all of that here.

Gil Cunningham, a young man struggling with his desire to do right by his family and his knowledge that he is not fitted for the priesthood, discovers a dead body. Because the body is on the grounds of Glasgow Cathedral, of which his uncle is a Canon, he is given the
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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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