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The Faerie Hills based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Medieval Scotland is portrayed perfectly by Susan McDuffie in a repeat performance for Muirteach McPhee.Miss McDuffie was recently awarded the 2011 New Mexico Book Award for this fine effort. Muirteach, nephew the Laird of Colonsay is called upon by him to find young Niall the missing boy. Niall was fostered by the Laird and is grandson of the Lord of the Isles. Muirteach who was enjoying his new holding on Islay, a reward for prior efforts in solving the mystery of his father's death by his uncle the MacDonald. The holding was close to Fearchar Beaton, physician and his lovely daughter Mariota who is becoming dear to Muirteach. Nevertheless, a dream which leaves him shaken and a summons two days later by his uncle finds him quickly back on Colonsay to assist in the search. The Islanders,both villagers and most in Dun Evin his uncle's hill fort believe that the fairie or sithichean have abducted the child and taken him to their hollow hills.Muirteach aided by Mariota, struggling with her own issues, are equally sure that humans are involved. Fairie gold indeed plays a part in what turns out to be the demise of poor Niall but NOT as a changeling as rumors indicate. As Muirteach solves the mystery of Niall,other child and adult murders are undercovered which show human greed for gold in the hollow hills are involved. Muirteach and Mariota continue to grow closer and the tale ends with their Christmas handfasting. More Muirteach please!
In 1373 on Colonsay, eight years old Niall vanishes without a trace while searching for the mythical fairy gold. Colonsay Laird Gillespic leads a desperate search for the lad he fostered, who is the grandson of the Lord of the Isles. Desperate, Gillespic sends for his nephew Muirteach MacPhee, who solved A MASS FOR THE DEAD case to investigate. Muirteach leaves for Colonsay immediately. He interrogates the villagers who mostly believe the Fairie took Niall. His inquiry leads to the finding of an infant's bones in a cave, but is no closer to learning what happened to the child as he fears each passing day makes it more likely the lad has been murdered. He sends for Mariota Beaton who helped him with A MASS FOR THE DEAD inquiry. This is a terrific late fourteenth century Hebrides amateur sleuth mystery with a touch of romance in the windswept damp air. The key to the investigation is that most of the islanders believe in their heart that the Fairie abducted the child, which in turn anchors time and place. The few who think otherwise are mostly reticent when interrogated by the hero. Medieval mystery fans will want more collaborative whodunits between the M&M sleuths. Harriet Klausner