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Fascinating medieval murder mystery

  • Apr 20, 2009

The Unquiet Bones by Mel R. Starr is the first book featuring Hugh de Singleton, a surgeon in medieval England. Hugh has recently graduated from Oxford as a surgeon and has hung up a shingle in the bustling college town. When Lord Gilbert is wounded by a rearing horse, Hugh is on the scene and stitches up the lord in no time. Lord Gilbert shows his appreciation by bringing Hugh to his demesne, Bampton, as the town surgeon. Hugh is elevated to the post of bailiff when three sets of bones are discovered near the castle and he is ordered to discover first their identities and then their murderers. The book started off a little rough; Hugh's first person narration at first seemed choppy. But as the story progressed, I became completely immersed in the story, and Hugh reveals himself to be an earnest and sweetly noble young man. He is deeply burdened by the task set for him by Lord Gilbert, as well as by his growing affection for Lady Joan. The mystery is well-written and suspenseful, but the appeal of the book is Hugh. I found myself smiling and chuckling at his occasional bumbling. This is a character who has a great capacity for growth over the course of a series.

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Hugh de Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight in Wyclif's England, is newly trained as a surgeon. He receives an invitation to set up his practice in the village of Brampton-- and before long, the request to identify some bones ...
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ISBN-10: 0825462908 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780825462900 (pbk.)
Author: Melvin R. Starr
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Monarch Books
Date Published: November 4, 2008
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