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Counterfeit Madam: A Gil Cunningham Mystery set in Medieval Scotland (Gil Cunningham Murder Mysteries) Hardcover – June 28, 2011

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“Suspenseful . . . McIntosh deftly balances plot and period detail.”—Publishers Weekly

“Gil’s adventures (A Pig of Cold Poison, 2008, etc.) continue to provide satisfying, albeit convoluted, mysteries larded with historical detail.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A good pick for fans of the series and the genre.”—Library Journal

"Will do for Glasgow in the fifteenth century what Ellis Peters did and her Brother Cadfael did for Shrewsbury in the twelfth."—Mystery Readers Journal

About the Author

Born and brough up in Lanarkshire, Pat McIntosh lived and worked in Glasgow before settling on Scotland's west coast, where she lives with her husband and three cats.
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Product Details

  • Series: Gil Cunningham Murder Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Constable; 1st US edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569479496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569479490
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read all the books about Gil Cunningham and this is the best yet. The stories are well crafted, the plots are never obvious and the growth of Gil and his wife are welcome characterizations of a newly wed couple. I especially enjoy all the historical facts of medieval Scotland inhabitants, especially Kirk and King political maneuvers.
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not one of the best in the series.... and a bit confusing about what is happening.. but then all these books are like that... very difficult to follow between the complex naming, the complex interrelationships, the use of outdated and old languages, and the referring to people by a variety of titles or jobs...
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I really enjoy this series, reading another is like seeing people I know. The mysteries aren't particularly challenging, but the details of the people's lives, culture and society are amazing! Such a treat to read another!
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As the historian of the St. Andrew's Society in Philadelphia and a regular writer for the Clan Campbell Society JOURNAL I was especially entranced by the recreation in this series of life in late 15th century Glasgow and its surroundings. The cultural and historical details flesh out the always tangled murder mysteries concocted by Pat McIntosh to be solved by Glasgow Archbishop Blacader's "Quaestor" (or criminal investigor), the handsome and well-educated Gil Cunningham--and his equally clever and lovely wife Alys (together with her father the French stonemason Pierre). The series begins some years following the battle of Sauchieburn (1483) where Gil's father and brothers fell in battle along with King James III during an uprising led by supporters of the teenaged James IV. Gil, who was luckily in university at the time, has become head of the newly landless and impoverished Cunningham family with many sisters to marry off (and all without dowries). In COUNTERFEIT MADAM (book 7), Gil gets involved in the murder of an abusive and unlovely old noblewoman which leads in turn to a ring of counterfeiters and a lot of personal danger for Gil and Alys. As a Campbell, I am always delighted to see the interaction of the various Scottish noble families, like the Boyds and Semphills and Livingstons, and of course (as usual) the Campbells who invariably feature negatively in the tales. The 1st and 2nd Campbell earls of Argyll were very powerful in this period, and jealousy of their success bred a lot of enmity. This book conveys the roughness of the times and one gets really rapt up in the narrative. COUNTERFEIT MADAM is definitely enjoyable on its own, but for the full flavor of late medieval Scotland do begin this series with book 1, THE HARPER'S QUINE. There the Campbells really take it on the chin.
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I have read all of the "Gil Cunningham" series so far, and am sadly on her last book for Kindle. The 1400's in Scotland is described so vividly, and the characters are fully dimensional. The plots get a little intricate with all the characters, but the dress style and living conditions are dramatically defined. Please tell me there are more books to come1
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If you like either mysteries or historical novels and have missed Pat McIntosh, you have missed a real treat. I don't much care for historical novels and can easily do without most mysteries based in past eras, but this series is something special. "The Counterfeit Madam" maintains the high standards of the whole series, and I cannot recommend it too highly. Buy it! Buy the rest of the set! They are excellent novels, well worth re-reading, even after you have found out "who dunnit".
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The last person Gil Cunningham expects to be calling on him, especially during his noon meal, is Dame Isabella Torrance. The next unexpected thing to happen to him is his sister's godmother threatening to leave his sister--who is soon to be married--with nothing unless he does what she wants. It seems her other goddaughter wants to have the only heir to an estate to which Gil fosters the man's bastard son.
When all come together for the `official offer' to be made, Magdalen Boyd, the Dame's other goddaughter, offers two parcels of land to secure the young boy's future in exchange for his no longer being her husband, John Simpill's, heir. As Gil looks the paperwork over, he discovers one of the parcels has tenants that are less than desirable. Also, questions arise about the Dame's other lands and if she has rights to them.
When Dame Isabella Torrance is murdered, in a very interesting way, Gil and his wife Alys begin investigating the possible motives. Gil is also investigating counterfeit coins that are pouring into his area. When the two investigations collide, they learn there is more to both than meets the eye!
Intriguing characters and a captivating storyline will keep you engrossed in this book to the very end.

Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
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