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McIntosh, Pat - 'The Fourth Crow'
Paperback: 320 pages (July 2013) Publisher: C & R Crime ISBN: 1780331649

In August, 1494, a young woman's body is found bound and strangled at St Mungo's Cross in Glasgow, Scotland. The victim had been left there alive the previous evening as a punishment for her madness but during the darkness hours had been cruelly killed. Lawyer Gilbert Cunningham, who, as the most educated man locally, is often asked to look into any murders that occur, goes with his assistants to investigate the matter.

After questioning all of the relevant witnesses and other associated locals, it became clear that the body of the corpse was different from the person who had been tied up the previous evening! So where had the mad girl gone and who was the person who was murdered?

Gil Cunningham and his assistants ride all over Glasgow and the surrounding area, questioning people and trying to establish the facts in this fast moving medieval Scottish mystery until the surprising conclusion.

This book was atmospheric and deftly plotted and the characters very richly drawn. The details are intriguing and give a very vivid picture of life at this time. For true authenticity the author writes the book in the Scottish English used at the time which may take a bit of getting used to but she, helpfully provides an online dictionary.

I found THE FOURTH CROW extremely gripping and I enjoyed it tremendously. Well recommended.

Terry Halligan, England
October 2013

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