Publication Date: November 27, 2014
Series: The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton
Genre: Historical Mystery
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Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, he feels no real calling-despite his lively faith-and he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris and then hanging his sign in Oxford. Soon after, a local lord asks Hugh de Singleton to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspool. Through his medical knowledge, Singleton identifies her as the impetuous missing daughter of a local blacksmith. The young man she loved-whom she had provoked very publicly-is quickly arrested and sentenced at Oxford. But this is just the beginning of the tale. The story of Singleton's adventure unfolds with realistic medical procedures, droll medieval wit, romantic distractions, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion.
The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr is a fantastic historical fiction, crime solver read. It had my attention from beginning until end. I loved the characters. They were relatable, and completely realistic. Hugh de Singleton was a great main character, very likable and personable. As a reader you wanted him to succeed and find the murderer of the body that was found in the cesspit at Bampton Castle. The author created a really great story line that keeps the reader on their toes guessing what is going to happen next. I honestly did not have a clue as to who was the culprit in the murder of Margaret (the name of the girl whose body was found in the cesspit). I would start to think it might be one character, and then that would be disproved. It was a great ‘whodunnit’ novel. I enjoyed all of the detective work that Hugh does in order to try to find out who murdered Margaret. He has no experience as a detective, but he does a pretty thorough job at trying to find the answers that he needs, even though he is just a small town surgeon.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction novel, or even people who like reading a great mystery or detective novel. I am hooked and can’t wait to read the other books in the series. I give this book a FIVE out of FIVE stars!
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About the AuthorMel 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, 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.
For more information please visit Mel Starr's website.
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