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 honeymoon to boot The only annoying thing was the return of the Gaelic or Ersche as it s called here In the first book it was simply written and left for you to puzzle over, here there is a historical note added as an af I liked this one a lot I don t know how accurate the cultural details were, but I appreciated that McIntosh is trying to show a different Scotland than the one we ve been in up until now.
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 Them With Political Information Of Value To Scotland S Enemies Gil Cunningham And His Wife Alys Have Been Sent To ã read É The Stolen Voice by Pat McIntosh µ Perthshire To Investigate 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 character, and I also like the way McIntosh is developing the characters through the series Lovely texture and understanding of the people and the period.
☆ The Stolen Voice ☆ The I read, the worse they get get away to a keeking glass and burst your plooks Seriously And I m still not sure who did what, or why This story was not a fast read There were a lot of languages interspersed and I had no idea what they meant or how they related to the story Also, a lot of characters involved in different mysteries and in several different locations The story switched back and forth between characters and locations It took me over half the book to decide where I was Gil and Alys were not in the same place for most of the book so that gave me a hint I still like this series just thought this one was too complicated Recommend Start with 1st book The Harper s Quine.
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 since few of them were at all developed or really essential, it made little difference They were interchangeable The few that promised to be interesting were left undeveloped.
I m confused by the reviewers who remark that Alys comes in
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 up being a lot complicated than it seems.
My one complaint is, and continues to be, the overuse of the vernacular in conversationit s hard enough to understand a modern day Scot, but to try to decipher historical Scottish slang and written phrases while still maintaining a bead on the thread of the story is sometimes rather difficult I feel that it s overdone and completely unneccessar 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 to an online dictionary of the Scottish language as well as a resource for those interested in the songs that make up such a large part of this story I love the glimpse into the other realms that is included in this series either with the Harper in the earlier books , the