Unhallowed Ground (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Series #4)

Unhallowed Ground (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Series #4)

by Mel Starr

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ISBN-13: 9780857210586
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Series: Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Series , #4
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,111,849
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating with a MA in history from Western Michigan University in 1970, he taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years, thirty-five of those in Portage, MI, where he retired in 2003 as chairman of the social studies department of Portage Northern High School. Mel and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Stacey42 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really enjoy the Hugh de Singleton series. Hugh is a surgeon and the bailiff of Lord Gilbert in Brampton. In this well written & entertaining fourth entry he is looking into the murder of Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one much cared for and for whom no one mourns. Everyone would be happier if Hugh would leave well enough alone & let it be ruled a suicide. But Hugh cannot let things be. On a personal front Hugh's wife Kate is expecting their first child. Unhallowed Ground can be read without reading the previous 3 books but many of the characters reappear in them and the back story to their interactions does enhance the overall story. I recommend this entire series if you enjoy historic cozy mysteries.
tarenn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
UNHALLOWED GROUND by Mel Starr is a medieval police historical fiction. It is book #4 in the " Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon" series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"The Unquiet Bones","A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel",and "A Trail of Ink". The saga of Hugh de Singleton continues as a tale of medieval murder,mystery,and life. "Unhallowed Ground" follows Singleton as he searches for a killer through Exeter and Bampton,as he discovers corruption,and past mistakes. Fast paced,full of drama and adventure with vivid descriptions. Interesting characters who will carry you away. A multi-layered story with a compelling mystery told in vivid details. A great read for anyone who enjoy mystery,medieval times,medical marvels and adventure. Received for an honest review from Library Thing and the publisher. Details can be found at Kregel Publications,the author's website, and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4HEAT RATING: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
Bill.Bradford on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A series that gets better with each book, and this is the best one so far. It is helpful to have read at least the preceding book in the series, if not all, but the characters continue to develop and grow, the history is good (and the glossary is especially helpful), and the story is well done. I am eagerly anticipating the next in the series.
bgknighton on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A nice find! This is a cozy little mystery set in 1366 England in a village called Bampton. Hugh Singleton has recently wed his love, Kate. There are nice little details about daily life in a small village, which I enjoy and think are a good addition to add flavor. The mystery is not a big one, but without the framework of thought and criminal sciences that modern readers take for granted it is not so easy to prove guilt. The characters are believable, the setting feels true. The only sad part is now I have to get the first 3 books in the series.
tiinaj1 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I found this book rather hard to read. What I did like about the book was the depth of the history, the research and the author's understanding of the period written about in the book. I also really liked the characters of Hugh & Kate who are both very strong, suited to each other and even though they (especially Hugh) have to make tough decisions when it comes to people they know - they do it.Unhallowed Ground refers to the church's stance that someone who either has committed suicide or is an executed criminal being refused burial in the church graveyard. The book opens with the scene of atte Bridge hanging from a noose outside the burial area for said suicide victims and criminals. The only sign that something may have happened was a little mud on the back of his shoes and a very short trail that looks like someone may have been drug. Everyone hated atte Bridge and so no one seems to inclined to consider that foul play may have ocurred - even our hero Huge has a hard time making the decision to do what's right.I'm not really going to say much else about the book. I personally had some trouble reading this book. Unfortunately it wasn't for me. It's very well written, thoroughly researched and if you like regency or period pieces along with a good mystery you'll more than likely like it.
jsprenger on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the fourth book in the series, and it was as entertaining as the last three. Hugh and Kate have wed, and are back in Bampton. While in Bampton, Hugh receives a summons from Lord Gilbert when a dead man if found on Lord Gilbert's land. As Hugh searches for the murderer, he has some soul-searching to do himself. Although the story is written by a Christian author, don't let that dissuade readers from reading this series. They are fun, light and enjoyable. Start at the beginning of the series since Starr brings previous villains and their deeds back into this story. I can't wait for book 5!
aya.herron on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff, is back in the fourth installment of the series. Once again Master Hugh is overseeing activities in Bampton in the absence of Lord Gilbert. Hugh and his new bride, Kate, are just settling into married life when he is summoned to the apparent suicide of Thomas atte Bridge. Thomas had been found hanging from a tree with an overturned stool lying nearby.It seems simple enough; however, Master Hugh is troubled by what he observes at the scene and suspects that a murder has been committed. Having wronged almost everyone in town at one time or another, it comes as no surprise that few mourn the death of atte Bridge. Indeed, Hugh finds that there is no shortage of villagers who would have wanted Thomas dead. Chief among the suspects is Master Hugh's old nemesis, John Kellet. Rumor has it that Kellet is a changed man, but Hugh finds this difficult to believe.Although it would be easier to simply let the matter rest, Hugh struggles with his conscience and must decide whether to pursue a killer among his friends or not. Alone in his convictions with only the support of his new wife, Hugh must act before someone else gets hurt.The Bottom Line: "Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon" is written in first person. The story unfolds in a chronicle written by Master Hugh. Hugh's writing exposes his thoughts as he searches for the murderer and does some soul searching. Author Mel Starr provides the reader with a fun puzzle and a fascinating look at medieval village life and medical practices.This is an enjoyable, quick read that is perfect for the weekend. While it is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, I have enjoyed reading the series in order and watching Master Hugh grow in character and struggle with his faith. The book includes both a map and a glossary. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, cozies, and medieval mysteries.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the fourth installment of the Hugh de Singleton series and Hugh and Kate have been married for about three months when Thomas atte Bridge is found hanging from a tree. While the coroner wants to call it a suicide, the evidence points to foul play. Even though atte Bridge has had run ins with most of the townsfolk and is disliked by all Hugh is determined to figure out who the murderer is.This book takes place in 1366 in England, and it's easy to see the author does an amazing job of researching the time period. Not only am I intrigued by the suspense and mystery of the story but I also enjoy reading about the medical procedures that took place during that time period, as well as medieval life in general. The food in particular that Hugh ate sounded quite different. I found the glossary included in the front of the book quite useful in understanding what was being said. I also enjoy the relationship between Hugh and Kate and look forward to reading more about these two characters.This book is the fourth in the series and while the author provides a bit of background about the characters ,I recommend reading the series in order to get the in depth background on the reoccurring characters. rating 4/5A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Hugh de Singleton, bailiff of Lord Gilbert Talbot, receives a summons when a suicide is discovered on land belonging to Lord Gilbert. The dead man was a troublemaker with criminal tendencies who at some point had harmed almost everyone in Bampton. His death would not be mourned. He would be buried where the body was found, for the tree from which he hung was at the crossroads where suicides were buried since they could not be laid to rest in hallowed ground. Master Hugh has no wish to question the suicide verdict, yet he is troubled by evidence that points to murder rather than suicide. Hugh has too much integrity to let the matter rest, even as he worries that the murderer may well be someone he looks upon as a friend.No words or scenes are wasted in this well-written book. The author creates well-rounded suspects, reasonable motives and in a plausible 14th century setting in a book that can be easily read in a single evening. The only flaw, in my opinion, is the author's reliance on coincidence to create a couple of red herrings. The book could be read as a stand-alone, but readers who think they might want to read the whole series will want to start from the beginning. This book includes spoilers that reveal the culprits and outcomes of previous books in the series.This series reminds me of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series. Hugh de Singleton has had some medical training, and he occasionally provides treatment for sick or wounded people. Like Cadfael, Hugh also wrestles with religious and ethical questions as he considers which course of action he should pursue.This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
Sarah_Bailey on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I had the privilege of having read Mel Starr¿s A Trail of Ink and as much as I enjoyed that one I¿d have to say I¿ve enjoyed Unhallowed Ground just as much or maybe more. This is the fourth chronicle of a surgeon by the name of Hugh de Singleton who is living and working in the 1300¿s and as one will start realizing as they read, you will be taken fully back into that time with the language as well as how operations are performed ¿ I found the performance of the couching surgery for cataracts quite interesting. The author has provided a glossary at the beginning so that unfamiliar terms can be understood at a glance but it¿s not really hard to figure out what certain terms mean, although figuring out the holidays celebrated then does take some calculation.This is written by de Singleton, it¿s his journal of his daily life as he goes about his life being a bailiff, surgeon, newly married and soon-to-be father. This book isn¿t being written about him but rather by him so if you don¿t want to read a book that is detailing events by the main character then you may want to pass this up. Yes we are told what he has for breakfast several times as well as other dining details, but I found it to be the mundane parts of the book that had me more relating to the characters.Some parts really struck me, such as how Hugh de Singleton struggles with not believing everything the Church teaches or the current medical ideas of the day, such as back in the day Galen (I had to google this man) taught that a woman who was raped couldn¿t become pregnant during said assault unless she was a willing participant ¿ this mind set occurs in one of de Singleton¿s cases that must be dealt with while he is investigating what most believe is a suicide when he believes otherwise.The historical accounts are what draws me in, since I enjoy history this book really intrigued me as I read about certain beliefs, including those of the Church, that some physicians of the day were questioning but couldn¿t say much out loud for fear of reprisals. Hugh de Singleton mentions a few times how he fears that something he writes could be found by a Priest or Bishop but questions whether they¿d concern themselves with him. I almost forgot I was reading a book by a real, living author because I got so wrapped up in Hugh¿s life in this book that he became almost real and it felt like I was truly reading his account. A book to be truly enjoyed and savored.**I was provided a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.
nlaclaire on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In Mel Starr¿s fourth tale of Hugh de Singleton, medieval surgeon, Unhallowed Ground, we find our protagonist investigating the murder of one Thomas atte Bridge after this unlikable fellow is found hanging from a tree. While Master Hugh would like to believe the popular opinion that the victim took his own life, his finding of evidence to the contrary requires him to investigate his friends and neighbors to determine who took the life of their common enemy.I enjoyed this book immensely. The story, which is written in the first person, pulled me in and helped me to understand the culture through the eyes of one of its inhabitants. A thorough glossary is included in the front of the book for assistance in understanding some of the more archaic terms that are used throughout the book. That is to say, the book is not only enjoyable but also educational. The story is also aided by a map in the front of the book that shows where locations in the book are in relation to each other.One of the things that I enjoyed about the book was seeing the author¿s own modern-day thoughts expressed through the Master Hugh. Numerous times in the book the narrator explains a religious or other practice or belief and then offers his disagreement with the practice or belief. It is fascinating to see some aspects of the culture of 1366 and these comments helped to remind me that it is unrealistic to believe that the entire population agreed with all of what we would now consider primitive ideas.Among other things, the book shows that Christ can change our hearts and that we must not assume that this fact applies only to ourselves. Master Hugh learns this lesson when he takes a long journey to find the man he is certain committed the murder only to find someone else entirely.I was afraid that a book about a medieval surgeon would include descriptions of medical practices that I would rather not know about (or be reminded of), but this was not the case. While it did describe some medical procedures, I found the descriptions non-nightmare-inducing.This is an excellent book and I encourage you to read it if you like mysteries and/or historical fiction.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission¿s 16 CFR, Part 255: ¿Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.¿
lilkim714 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I love this series and this book did not disappoint. I love the characters Hugh de Singleton and his wife Kate. They are easy to love and to care about. The plot lines are not something to write home about, but if you want a pleasing, enjoyable, light, quick historical mystery, then this is the series for you. The series is written by a "Christian" author but do not let this put you off. While there are references to religious ideas, but if you can look past these, then the books are sure not to disappoint. I will be anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
lcjohnson1988 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A man who commits suicide or was he murdered? Buried where? Why? The year is 1360 something in an unfamiliar land and unique sounding words describe people, positions, and responsibilities. Never before has such a novel attracted my attention¿until now.Mel Starr has written ¿chronicles¿ of a character named Hugh de Singleton. This character has more than one job in his village. What the name of the village is, I can¿t say. What is this character¿s occupation? I can¿t spoil the book and reveal what he does.He is caught in a web of intriguing mystery that twists many times almost like a rope. Maybe that is why there is a picture of that on the cover. It sure grabs one¿s attention doesn¿t it? In the language of the setting, it seems like one is transported to a time where words such as almoner, farthing, bailiff and Cow-ley were ordinary words.When I first looked at the book and read the words and definitions, I was thinking I bit off more than I could chew. Would I understand the story or not? Would I be able to follow the characters while trying to figure out the plot? After the first few pages of chapter 1, I was hooked. I had to know how this medieval novel ended. I kept reading as I was carried away to Bampton, following the actions of priests, sires, bishops, and carpenters. There are many more fascinating people in this story who travel to other lands to seek answers.Sometimes when one reads a novel the characters seem so unreal; however, Mel Starr has done a superb job of helping his readers ¿feel¿ the human part of mankind in the story. Never before have I read a book where the setting has taken place in medieval times. Prior to Unhallowed Ground, I would have just looked past the book to genres I am more familiar and comfortable with reading.I cannot recommend the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton enough. If Mel Starr wrote his past and future novels with the same brilliance as he did this one, he has found a loyal fan indeed! Most novels are based on some known, unknown or little before known fact in history; Mel Starr¿s writings are no different. There are other books in this series of chronicles, though each one stands alone, and are titled: The Unquiet Bones, a Corpse at St. Andrews Chapel; A Trail of Ink and then the forthcoming book, The Tainted Coin. These are stories you will surely read more than once, maybe even getting them for family members, friends or coworkers who love a good mystery. I don¿t want to spoil the suspense felt as the book is read so I won¿t let the preverbal ¿cat out of the bag¿ by saying more. Get the book, curl up, turn off the noise, and get lost for a while in Unhallowed Ground. You will never regret it!Note: I received a complimentary copy as a blog tour participant forKregel Publications.
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MizBanks More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good. It was slow starting so I set it aside and read 2 or 3 other books after starting it. I won this book in a blog contest, so that's the main reason I read it. I don't believe I would've purchased this book on my own initiative. It made me consider some other books I've read that have whodunit aspects but aren't actually of the mystery genre because all of the 'maybe it's him' was taking longer than I'd like. Then, I realized they do the same in other books (the first that came to mind was The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives)& sitcoms, so I could stick it out. It was a decent read nonetheless.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
UNHALLOWED GROUND by Mel Starr is a medieval police historical fiction. It is book #4 in the “ Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon” series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,”The Unquiet Bones”,”A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel”,and “A Trail of Ink”. The saga of Hugh de Singleton continues as a tale of medieval murder,mystery,and life. “Unhallowed Ground” follows Singleton as he searches for a killer through Exeter and Bampton,as he discovers corruption,and past mistakes. Fast paced,full of drama and adventure with vivid descriptions. Interesting characters who will carry you away. A multi-layered story with a compelling mystery told in vivid details. A great read for anyone who enjoy mystery,medieval times,medical marvels and adventure. Received for an honest review from Library Thing and the publisher. Details can be found at Kregel Publications,the author’s website, and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity. REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of UNHALLOWED GROUND by Mel Starr from Kregel. I’d never heard of the “Hugh de Singleton, surgeon” series before, but now that I’ve read this fourth chronicle, I feel inclined to read the others. Hugh de Singleton is not only a surgeon, but he is also Lord Gilbert Talbot’s bailiff. I have always been fascinated by the Middle Ages, the time period this series takes place in, and so was thrilled to immerse myself in the pages. It’s a fast read at only 224 pages, and includes a tantalizing glimpse at the fifth book in the series. UNHALLOWED GROUND begins in the year 1366 when Thomas ate Bridge is found hanging. As a man of ill repute, the people declare the deed a suicide and are please that Thomas is gone. Hugh de Singleton, however, feels there is more to the hanging than suicide. Thomas has a mark on his wrist, as though he were hung, and mud only on the heels of his boots, not on the stool he supposedly used. Hugh de Singleton believes Thomas was murdered, and sets out to find the killer. I won’t give the mystery away, but it is cunningly written, shifting through many suspects and numerous motives. Once I began chapter one, I couldn’t stop reading until I had completed the book. I did guess at the murderer about halfway through, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. UNHALLOWED GROUND starts with action, and never lets up. The historical mystery aspect reminded me of the middle grade “Lady Grace Cavendish” mysteries, which my cousin introduced me to a year ago. I have loved history since I was a child, and even more so now after studying my genealogy, which I can trace back to the Middle Ages. UNHALLOWED GROUND is rich in historic details, so it was easy to picture my ancestors in the setting. The dialogue is very realistic, and my mind kept inserting accents. Although I enjoyed reading the book, a few things stood out to me. At times I felt distant from the story, and would have liked more insight into High de Singleton’s emotions. Oftentimes, the author told events, rather than showing them, and when Hugh de Singleton occasionally addressed the reader as “you,” I was jarred from the story. Overall, I rate the story four out of five starts. I recommend UNHALLOWED GROUND to any fans of mysteries and historic fiction.
OhioSarah More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of having read Mel Starr’s A Trail of Ink and as much as I enjoyed that one I’d have to say I’ve enjoyed Unhallowed Ground just as much or maybe more. This is the fourth chronicle of a surgeon by the name of Hugh de Singleton who is living and working in the 1300′s and as one will start realizing as they read, you will be taken fully back into that time with the language as well as how operations are performed – I found the performance of the couching surgery for cataracts quite interesting. The author has provided a glossary at the beginning so that unfamiliar terms can be understood at a glance but it’s not really hard to figure out what certain terms mean, although figuring out the holidays celebrated then does take some calculation. This is written by de Singleton, it’s his journal of his daily life as he goes about his life being a bailiff, surgeon, newly married and soon-to-be father. This book isn’t being written about him but rather by him so if you don’t want to read a book that is detailing events by the main character then you may want to pass this up. Yes we are told what he has for breakfast several times as well as other dining details, but I found it to be the mundane parts of the book that had me more relating to the characters. Some parts really struck me, such as how Hugh de Singleton struggles with not believing everything the Church teaches or the current medical ideas of the day, such as back in the day Galen (I had to google this man) taught that a woman who was raped couldn’t become pregnant during said assault unless she was a willing participant – this mind set occurs in one of de Singleton’s cases that must be dealt with while he is investigating what most believe is a suicide when he believes otherwise. The historical accounts are what draws me in, since I enjoy history this book really intrigued me as I read about certain beliefs, including those of the Church, that some physicians of the day were questioning but couldn’t say much out loud for fear of reprisals. Hugh de Singleton mentions a few times how he fears that something he writes could be found by a Priest or Bishop but questions whether they’d concern themselves with him. I almost forgot I was reading a book by a real, living author because I got so wrapped up in Hugh’s life in this book that he became almost real and it felt like I was truly reading his account. A book to be truly enjoyed and savored. **I was provided a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.
A_Cluttered_Mind More than 1 year ago
I'll state right up front that I have not read any of Mel Star's other novels involving Hugh de Singleton. There are three and they may be found here. I found, however, this story was not connected to the other three in plot, but simply in characters. Thus, I didn't feel like I was missing out on something and I enjoyed this very much. I find it difficult to keep up with multi-volumn books these days and reading #4 in a series of at least four (there's a teaser at the end looking toward book #5) was not a bothersome task to me. I enjoyed this book a great deal. Some have indicated that it is not as exciting as Star's earlier works, but I'm wondering if they are a bit jaded, having read all the others and are living on the law of diminishing returns without realizing it. Star's descriptive backgrounds of both countryside and people fascinated me. I found many of them to be colorful. And I simply adored the marriage relationship between Hugh and Kate. If there was any frustration, it came in sympathizing with Hugh in trying to find a killer who just might not exist. And doing so among people you know, do business with nearly everyday and are friends with only made this tension rise as the book moved on. Coming up short at nearly every turn and discovery at first made me want to yell at the author. Yet, I've discovered this usually means they've done an excellent job of drawing me in without my being aware. So, well done and an excellent read. I recommend you get a hold of all four of the existing books by Mel Star and get ready for book number 5, due out sometime in 2012.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Having read A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr I was anxious to read Unhallowed Ground, the Fourth Chronicle (book) of Hugh de Singleton. Master Hugh is now married to the lovely, Kate. And to be quite honest as I read this book I kept thinking of Sherlock Holmes and his great sidekick, Watson. Kate is quite observant and even though she brings items to Master Hugh's attention she never usurps him in the investigation. Now, Thomas atte Bridge, has been found hanging from a tree. Dead. But no one liked him...for he was as mean as an old alley cat. However, Master Hugh finds evidence that Thomas did not hang himself...Thomas was murdered! Now to just prove it! This is not a book for the faint of heart! Mel Starr does an excellent job of describing primitive medical practices and the instruments used. This is a wonderful mystery full of suspense where Lord Gilbert Talbot tries to discover who murdered Thomas. Thomas had so many enemies that this is no easy task. Throughout this skillfully written medieval mystery Master Hugh is attacked and his arm is nearly cut off, his pregnant wife fears for her life and their home is set on fire. Bt why? This is one of those suspense reads that takes the reader back in time. The language, the food and the primitive surgical instruments all attest to a well thought out, extremely well written read with an ending that leaves us waiting for the next in this series. *This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
ifletty More than 1 year ago
In this fourth book of the Huge De Singleton series we find Hugh now happily married and back in Bampton. An old adversary is found hanging by the neck at the cross roads where suicides are buried. The coroner is convinced it is suicide and Hugh knows it is not. He is not surprised when his inquiries turn up one suspect after another after all Thomas Atte Bridge or his brother had bullied, cheated and stolen from many in this small community. I have a few gripes with is story, and they are minor. First being did Mr. Starr need to tell you Hugh has bread and ale every morning. I kind of got that after the third time he tells us Hugh had bread and ale for breakfast I didn’t need to hear it so often. The other is that so many of the characters are from passed books that is was at times difficult to remember just who he was talking about. I really wanted to love this book, because I have invested a lot of time on Hugh’s story. But I so like the characters of Hugh and Kate that I will continue on, I really don’t think Starr has hit his stride, he shows an understanding of the time period, it is well researched and I have faith that once Starr’s writing evens out he will be brilliant. 3 stars
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
As this is the fourth chronicle of Hugh de Singleton surgeon, I am starting at the end of the story but that is ok as I begin to read it all fell into place. When Thomas atte Bridge that no one like was found hanging from a tree everyone thought he had taken his own life, but Master Hugh thought other wise. He though that the man had been murdered and he was going to find out who did it. As he was beginning his investigation he didn't want to get any one else involved as they all had been harmed one way or other by Thomas. The vicar would not allow Thomas to be buried in the church graveyard as they all believed he had taken his own life so he was buried at the edge of Gilber's pasture. Before they had cut Thomas down from the tree Master Hugh had noticed some twigs stuck to his shoes and after he was on the ground he noticed his lip was swollen and a tooth loose. He also pulled his sleeves up and saw what looked like a rope mark on his wrist and a man that took his own life would not have tied his own wrist. So not the chase begins for Master Hugh as he travels around trying to find who the murderer was as he believed now that he had been murdered. I want to thank Kregel Publications as they included me in this blog tour. The book was sent to me free and I chose the way I reviewed it.