- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (1 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846971527
- ISBN-13: 978-1846971525
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hue and Cry: A Hew Cullan Mystery (Hew Cullan Mystery 1) Paperback – 1 May 2011
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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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Hew Cullan, the novel's young amateur detective hero, has just returned from France to his native St Andrews and is horrified when an old friend appears to be implicated in the murder of a boy apprentice. Of course nothing is quite as it seems - and the death toll soon begins to mount. Hew is a nicely restrained hero - tolerant, good humoured and diplomatic. The mystery is very well done - full of sensational (but believable) twists and turns - and it is rounded off with a thoroughly satisfying and well earned denouement.
I read Hue and Cry very quickly and was pleased that the novel seems to be planned as the first of a series - I definitely want to find out what Hew Cullan does next ...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is 1579, and the boy-king James VI sits on the Scottish throne, unsure of his power and surrounded by scheming advisors. Read morePublished 8 months ago by breakaway Reviewers
I was a bit put off trying this by the punny title (the main character being called Hew) but thought I;d give it a try and it's a wonderful book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RJ
Local to St Andrews, it was great to relate to locations in the story. A must read for all residents!Published 12 months ago by G Man
I enjoyed the story immensely but, and this is the reason for only four stars, the vocabulary and local dialects proved too much for even the dictionary on my Kindle so I lost some... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ann Randall
I made the mistake of reading the fifth book in the series first, so it was good to get back to the beginning of Hew's detective career. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer