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This review is from: The Fourth Crow (Gil Cunningham) (Paperback)
I am really glad I found these. So often we are told that a successor to Ellis Peters has been found. So often are we given a new hyped author of historical fiction to play with our tastes. And yet only rarely do we find one of this calibre.
The stories are clever, well researched, (which in my view is an essential component of such stories; I admit to being an historical pedant) and plotted well. They keep our interest throughout. Well they keep my interest but even so that could be seen as a fair yardstick.
We are sympathetic with the main protagonists and feel enough interest in the puzzles that are presented. Nowhere in these books did I feel, (as I do so often) that was a bit obvious. She or he did it after reading the first few chapters. Or at least if I am given a few hints they are subtle ones and keep me guessing.
Old Glasgow is a revelation. Descriptions are rich and feel true. Characterisation is spot on and all the main protagonists are well seen.
The language is going to be an issue, either for or against. I found I could understand the Scots well and the Gaelic well enough in context and neither distracted from the story or enjoyment of it.
Without being gushy this is an excellent read for intelligent adults.