A Pig of Cold Poison

Pat McIntosh, Author . Soho Constable $25 (296p) ISBN 978-1-56947-650-5

In McIntosh's busy seventh Gil Cunningham mystery (after 2009's The Stolen Voice ), the 15th-century Scottish constable investigates a series of poisonings. When actor Dan Gibson falls down “deathly sick” at the end of a mummer's play performed on All Hallow's Eve at Gil's sister's house in Glasgow, it appears Dan was poisoned by the drops of medicine fellow actor Nanty Bothwell, who was playing an apothecary, gave him. Many of those present saw Dan and Nanty, who were rivals in love over the actress playing the apothecary's daughter, quarrel beforehand. Since Nanty is as distraught as everyone else at Dan's demise, Gil isn't so sure of Nanty's guilt. Soon more victims fall prey to the unknown poisoner. While the action gets off to a fast start, the onslaught of characters and conversation makes the plot somewhat difficult to follow. Series fans will be pleased to revisit old friends, but newcomers may find themselves lost in the Scottish hills. (July)

Reviewed on: 03/29/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
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