The Nicholas Feast

The Nicholas Feast

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Glasgow, 1492: Gil Cunningham remarked later that if he had known he would find a corpse in the university coal house, he would never have gone to the arts faculty feast. But then--as Alys his betrothed replied--he would never have met ... Socrates. In this mysterious adventure, Gil Cunningham and his colleagues are entertained by a play presented by some of the students at his old university for the Nicholas Feast. One of the actors, William Irvine, is later found murdered, and Gil, fresh from his success in solving the murder of the harper's quine, is the obvious person to investigate. Assisted by Alys and her father, Pierre, he begins to disentangle a complex web of espionage and blackmail involving William's tutors and fellow students. First one chamber and then another is ransacked before Gil himself is attacked. It appears someone is looking for missing papers. Oddly, the late William's wolfhound pup, Socrates, now becomes a focus for attention, and matters are complicated by the arrival of Gil's formidable mother, who is determined to inspect his betrothed. Little do Alys and Gil realize that it will be she who provides the vital key to unmask the murderer and his motives.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2005.
ISBN: 9780786715701
0786715707
Branch Call Number: MCINT
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 23 cm.

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delfon
Jun 20, 2014

Another fine effort.

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Roundcat
Feb 21, 2014

This second book of the Gil Cunningham series establishes him in a career as Robert Blacader's Quaestor--investigator of strange occurrences. This gives him a living not connected with the church, so that he can ask for Alys's hand in marriage. Alys and Gil's mother are both helpful in solving a murder which takes place during a college festival. He also acquires Socrates, his faithful dog. The mystery gives us insight into college life in Glasgow University and politics in Scotland in the late 15th century. Great historical mystery.

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