The Stolen Voice

The Stolen Voice

eBook - 2009 | 1st US ed.
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In Sir William's remote part of Scotland it seems almost possible that a young boy could have been stolen away by the fairies and returned forty years later without having visibly aged. And if the boy isn't Davie Drummond, who is he? Then he suffers a succession of near-fatal "accidents." Could there be a connection with four other local singers who have vanished, one of them with political information of value to Scotland's enemies? Gil Cunningham and his wife Alys have been sent to Perthshire to investigate.
Publisher: New York : Soho Constable ; London : Constable, 2009.
Edition: 1st US ed.
ISBN: 9781569477779
1569477779
Characteristics: 1 online resource (297 p.) : map.
Summary: In Sir William's remote part of Scotland it seems almost possible that a young boy could have been stolen away by the fairies and returned forty years later without having visibly aged. And if the boy isn't Davie Drummond, who is he? Then he suffers a succession of near-fatal "accidents." Could there be a connection with four other local singers who have vanished, one of them with political information of value to Scotland's enemies? Gil Cunningham and his wife Alys have been sent to Perthshire to investigate.

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delfon
Jun 13, 2014

This is a great improvement from the first book. Though the plot seems to revolve about superstitions; with no sense that these are to be considered just that. More effort made to give hints on the malfactor (though truly crudely done), Lots of language to seek out, and historical content -- also especially well done. A quick and engrossing read.

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Roundcat
Feb 21, 2014

Singers are disappearing from Scotland, and Gil and Alys have been tasked with finding out whether they have been spirited away by fairies, bribed, or have they been killed. The solution involves both Gil and Alys gaining the trust of the people involved in each disappearance as well as listening to and observing the various actions and viewpoints. Gil and Alys as human beings are well developed characters who interact well with the huge number of suspects in order to determine the solution to each disappearance. Although there are a tangle of circumstances, each is resolved clearly and satisfactorily.

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