Saturday, January 28, 2012

Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Star

Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Starr



About the Book: The fourth adventure of Hugh de Singleton, medieval surgeon and detective, finds Hugh investigating what seems to be a suicide of one of the town's scoundrels and his longtime enemy. Though at first reluctant to pursue a mystery that no one else sees, Hugh and and his new wife Kate set out from the town of Bampton only to follow the clues back in order to discover which of their friends committed the murder.

From Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cowleys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so. Many in the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the worldly and corrupt priest John Kellet had been covertly in Bampton at the time atte Bridge died. Master Hugh is convinced that Kellet has murdered atte Bridge - one rogue slaughtering another. Searching for proof he sets out of Exeter, where Kellet now works. But there he finds that the priest in an emaciated skeleton of a man, who mourns the folly of his past life. Hugh must return to Bampton - and discover which of his friends has murdered his enemy...
My take:  This is the ongoing story involving Hugh de Singleton.  It is interesting to read about this time period and I learn something new everytime I read a book in this series.  IT's also interesting to see how the mystery works out.  I never figure it out till the very end.  I would suggest reading the series from the beginning although each book is enjoyable in its own right.
I received a review copy from the publisher.

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