The Harper's Quine

The Harper's Quine

Book - 2004
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004
ISBN: 9780786713493
Branch Call Number: Suspense F McI


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Jun 12, 2014

Scots language website is actually:
Too easy to determine who the malfactor was/is. Clumsy plot. Still an engrossing read.

Feb 21, 2014

This is the first book of a series with Gil Cunningham, new graduate in law. He is seeking a position in life which will not limit him to the church in order to have a living. Solving a mysterious death helps him along that path and introduces him to a lovely young girl and her father. The Scots language is fairly easy to understand from context, but an aid for that is given by the author in a later book at website I've tried the OED, but this is much better. The characters are believable and well developed and reading the first and second books in the series establish the main characters for the rest of the series. This is a great historical mystery.


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