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Hue and Cry: A Hew Cullan Mystery (Hew Cullan Mystery 1) [Paperback]

Shirley Mckay
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1 May 2011
1579, St. Andrews. A thirteen-year old boy meets his death on the streets of the university city of St. Andrews and suspicion falls upon one of the regents at the university, Nicholas Colp. Hew Cullan, a young lawyer recently returned home from Paris, uncovers a complex tale of passion and duplicity, of sexual desire in tension with the repressive atmosphere of the Protestant Kirk and the austerity of the academic cloister.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (1 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846971527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846971525
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley McKay was born in the North East of England, but moved to Scotland at the age of eight. Now lives on the east coast of Fife, in the picturesque village of Crail. Studied at St Andrews University, which provides the backdrop and the setting for her Hew Cullan stories, murder mysteries based in Scotland at the time of James VI. To find out more about the author and the books, please visit www.shirleymckay.co.uk

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'A gripping mystery that holds the reader to the very last page, and a marvellous portrait of St Andrews in the 16th century' --John Burnside

About the Author

Shirley McKay was born in Tynemouth but now lives with her family in Fife. At the age of fifteen she won the Young Observer playwriting competition, her play being performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs. She went on to study English and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews before attending Durham University for postgraduate study in Romantic and seventeenth century prose. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. Shirley works as a freelance proofreader.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real good read 28 Sep 2011
By jakczek
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book for only 86p. I am always sceptical of anything that is cheaper that the usual price. I must admit that I was really surprised and I found it hard to put down. The characters are very alive, except the ones that have been murdered. There is a good intertwining plot, which keeps one guessing for most of the book. I know the location well and found that I was literally walking about St. Andrews with the characters. I am now looking forward to reading the next one.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical context 17 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After 6 years of studying Law in Paris, Hew Cullan returns to his home in St Andrews, Scotland and becomes embroiled in investigating the events surrounding the death of a thirteen year old boy. This is truly an absorbing murder mystery set in 16th century Scotland, encapsulating the period perfectly with good research and the right level of social commentary. There is just the right level of complexity in the plot to underline and retain the reader's intrigue up to the last page.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new character to me 13 Aug 2011
By Dai
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that gripped me from beginning to end. If you like historical mystery stories, this is for you. I couldn't put my Kindle down and as soon as I finished, wanted to read more 'Hew Cullen' stories. The other thing it did - it made me curious about the history of the time the book was set in.

Dai
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish mystery worth solving 3 Nov 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I had never read anything connected with a Scottish university in the 16th century before - it sounds dry but was far from it. Hew Cullan is likeable and his sister and friends are too. The twists in the plot kept me reading, and the constant fear that some poor woman was to be sacrificed as a witch niggled at me throughout. Technically the book explains early methods of dying and the cloth trade - intriguing. And who would want to be an undergraduate in the 16th century after reading this story? Well, you might if you had enough money to light a fire for warmth!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediaeval Scottish Mystery 13 Aug 2012
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I had never read this author before so was not sure what to expect. It is set in St. Andrew's, Fife, in the late 16th century. The descriptions are detailed and much research into this period must have been done, including University practice and the legal system. I found at first I was taking a while getting into the story, possibly as there were several characters being introduced and because the era and its customs were unfamiliar.

However, once I had got into the book, and got to like the main character, Hew Cullan, I found it compelling reading. I would definitely recommend the book to those who like historical novels, whether crime or not, as the period (with all its warts!) is clearly evoked.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First in a great series of historical mysteries 21 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Found this so gripping a read that I was able to ignore successfully a very noisy group of teenagers on the train up to London. Loads of fascinating historical detail included quite naturally with a fascinating look at how epilepsy was viewed and treated in 16th C Scotland.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical whodunnit 7 July 2011
By CMSEdin
Format:Kindle Edition
A gripping and entertaining read with plenty of historical detail about Town and Gown life in St Andrews. Hew Cullan is a captivating addition to the ranks of historical detectives and I look forward to reading more of his cases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hue and cry 11 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this series. The author knows her period and her characters are well drawn and believable. I've read them in order so far, but it isn't necessary to do so since each is a separate story using the three or four main characters each time. I can't wait to see how Hew's life story develops. A really clever set of books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure
Not quite sure what I made of this offering but I will give the author another go some time soon.
Published 1 month ago by David Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed this book and have gone on to read the two others in the series. Discovered a great new author, can't recommend it enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G English
5.0 out of 5 stars Read me
Lovely, authentic, old fashioned Scots story. Enjoyed this very much, now need to download more. Shirley blog is great for explaining unknown Scots words
Published 2 months ago by s green
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever title!
I found the historical background interesting, also the characters. Prose seemed a little ponderous at times. I liked this book
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. E. F. Norman-knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mediaeval crime novel
I loved the setting - mediaeval Scotland - and the way the research was convincingly woven into the plot. The storyline was pretty enjoyable, too.
Published 3 months ago by Nicola Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars Potboiler
This is an undemanding potboiler that will while away the odd hour or so if and when you have nothing better to do.
Published 4 months ago by Margosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and full of insight
I'm addicted to historical mystery stories and always looking for a new seam to explore. In Hew Cullen I found a new seam that combines a very satisfying mystery with considerable... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alan Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars this is very intertaining
Good reading on a cold and wet afternoon in the autumn. The story itself is ok but missing some of the spart between good and excellent.
Published 6 months ago by hanna el manzalaoui
4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Scotland Detective Story
This is set in and around St Andrew's university, which makes an interesting change. Fortunately the author does not attempt Ye Olde language although there is some appropriate use... Read more
Published 8 months ago by misty meanor
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical views of justice?
Well written, with believable characters. A consuming read. With twists enough to tax the mind and search for the conclusion
Published 8 months ago by Michelle Anness
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