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The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery chapter 1 The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery, meaning The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery, genre The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery, book cover The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery, flies The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery, The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery c56474ee5e92d 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 Begins His Search For The Murder Weapon In The Lanes And Yards Of The City And To Ask Some Difficult Questions His Investigation Leads Him To Semphill And His Household His Mistress And Men At Arms Dealing With The Burgh Constable, Householders And Musicians, As Well As His Feelings For The Mason S Lively Daughter, Alys, Whom He Has Come To Find Increasingly Attractive The Complications Of A Second Murder Lead Gil And Pierre To The Isle Of Bute There Gil Faces Rumors Of Missing Silver, A Controversial Elopement And The Significance Of A Girl With A Toothache, As Well As A Personal Crisis Around His Family S Expectations That He Should Join The Priesthood When The Killer Is Finally Exposed, Justice Strikes From An Unexpected Direction A Medieval Murder Mystery, The Harper S Quine Picks Up Where Brother Cadfael Left Off


10 thoughts on “The Harper's Quine: A Medieval Murder Mystery

  1. says:

    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 with Gil turned out to be quite fascinating, too There was a lot of focus on the legal proceedings which is quite unusual for a historical crime novel but somehow I found it really interesting even though I m someone who wouldn t touch a contemporary legal thriller with a ten foot pole It was quite interesting to learn that at least during the time the book was set in the Scottish legal system was quite modern in many aspects apparently women could divorce their husbands under certain circumstances and inherit land in their own right.That was one of the occasions where I d wished for some kind of postscript that got into some detail I must say that the author did a good job at giving the really neccessary information in the text without having massive infodumps but I would have liked to know how long these laws had been in effect, if they had really been enforced everywhere etc and that bit about the harp There s a scene where Gil explains that as the harper made a formal statement while having the harp in his hand it s legally binding and I would love to know about the background of that.Now there is one issue I have with this book and I am not sure if I should retract a star for that If you re not a native English speaker you will need a lot of patience and a huge dictionary or preferably the e book version of this book and an e reader with a good in built dictionary.I do consider myself as quite a good English speaker studying the language and all that and I have never read a book with that many words I d never heard before There is generally quite some archaic language, some specialist terminology mainly legal and clerical with some architecture thrown in and then there s a lot of Scots.I so could not resist that oneLike really A LOT Not only wee bairns and bonnie lassies, quite a large part were words I couldn t find in my dictionary.To be fair The archaic and specialist terms were all in it and most of the Scots I could vaguely guess from the context what it meant often rather creative insults but I usually couldn t help myself and just had to google the exact meaning so again a glossary would have been welcome So considering that the mystery was a bit easy to see trough and the language barrier I only give three stars but with a tendency towards four and I will read the next book in the series in the probably non to distant future because I really liked Gil and Alys and if the future cases get a bit less predictable this has the potentiol to become a good series.


  2. says:

    by Pat McIntoshI 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 task of finding the dead woman s killer I m sure that this book has been compared to Ellis Peter s Cadfael series Oddly enough, I was charmed by Gil s story than Cadfael s I especially liked the sense that Gil s faith was very real to him I felt that he took it seriously and that McIntosh took his taking it seriously, seriously While I know the medieval church had its problems, there were some simple devout people I very much enjoyed the fact that we were given a chance to see one of them I do have some lingering questions, mostly about the character of Alys While I know from my classes that there were extremely intelligent and well educated women in the middle ages, such as Christine de Pizan, or even Heloise, I wasn t clear on how Alys had gained her knowledge I believe that masons like her father were highly respected and wealthy men, but he didn t seem particularly educated intelligent, yes, but that s not the same thing Maybe McIntosh explains it a bit in later books, but as it was I remained a bit puzzled.I suppose I kept comparing this to Ellis Peters as I was reading, partly because of the medieval connection and partly because they re both mysteries and so on While I thought McIntosh did a marvellous job of setting the scene conveying a sense of the society and time period, I did miss the sense of place that is so intense in Peters Final verdict I ll definitely be continuing with the series as I found this one both enjoyable and well done Book source public library This series was definitely my favorite set of mysteries from 2010 except for Dorothy Sayers, but it s always except for Dorothy Sayers Set in medieval Glasgow, they depict Scottish life lovingly and take religion seriously The characters are both interesting and likable What s not to like 2010 in books


  3. says:

    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 mystery author Michael Jecks, whose writing style I just can t get into Pat McIntosh s writing style is not precisely like Ellis Peters, who wrote the Cadfael series and has what I consider a dense style it takes a while to get into the flow of the prose, and I can t really call it light reading , but it was even and detailed enough for my tastes Not as light of reading as Agatha Christie, but a nice medium between Peters and Christie I would recommend it to anyone who likes medieval settings and mysteries but doesn t want to get bogged down in detail and historical accuracy though I did learn that they used to pack sore teeth with pigeon dung ugh.


  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, it definitely was a good start to the series


  5. says:

    I know I am smitten by a good story if it has me seeking out 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 threshold of the priesthood, but still deeply troubled by this decision I worried that I d have another irreverent look at the church, where all those of cloth were judgmental, greedy and selfish, but I was so very pleasantly surprised It was obvious that McIntosh was trying to be fair handed Not to say there weren t a few anachronism in my opinion, but those mostly dealt with women s roles.I found all the characters to be written with some depth and quite believable McIntosh weaves quite a satisfying story.


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    Not sure how I heard of Pat McIntosh possibly one of the 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 or take notes and draw diagrams I don t think I need to know that stuff to enjoy the series, though, of which there are at this point, alas, only two or three .


  7. says:

    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 plotyes, the plot was well done too, nicely paced and neither too complex nor too simple Though I was at least as interested in the lives of the characters as in the solution to the mystery.


  8. says:

    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.


  9. says:

    Very enjoyable will be reading by this author never really thought of Glasgow being a mediaeval town before.


  10. says:

    Two and a half stars rounded up to three, because the setting was good, it was really quite well written, and it feels a bit unfair that I was waiting for it to end The problem was there were far too many characters, and the story wasn t interesting enough for me to be bothered keeping track of who was who It did pick up a bit at the very end.A few years ago I read the third book in the series The Merchant s Mark , which I gave three and a half stars, so perhaps the series improves or some are better than others.


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