The Rough Collier

The Rough Collier

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When the peat-cutters came to report the dead man, Gil Cunningham was up in the roof-space of his mother's house, teaching his new young wife swordplay.

They believe the corpse to be that of a local missing man. His wife and the widow who runs the local coalmine are sure the body belongs to someone else, but then they find themselves accused of having killed him by witchcraft.

And if the corpse is not the missing man, who is it?

Gil and Alys try to get to the heart of the matter. Together they uncover more murders than they bargain for, and encounter the chilling secret at the heart of the mystery.

Publisher: New York :, Soho Constable
London :, Constable
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781849018647
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Feb 14, 2014

Gil Cunningham and his new wife visit his mother, learn a great deal about early coal mining, and we learn about attitudes toward witchcraft and homosexuality in medieval Scotland. All these themes are woven into an exciting and intricate puzzle in which Gil and Alys solve several murders some recent and some several years old; and participate in the translation of a saint. I enjoy the knowledge of herbal remedies as well. The scots words are fairly easy to pick up from context, but a glossary would be helpful. In the next book in the series, Ms. McIntosh has given us an aid to understanding some of the language in her books, the website http://www.dsl.ac.uk It's a great help.

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