Monday, January 23, 2012

Book Review: Unhallowed Ground

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

About the Book
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 of 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 priest John Kellet, atte Bridge’s partner in crime in A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel was covertly in Bampton at the time atte Bridge died.

Master Hugh is convinced that Kellet has murdered atte Bridge--one rogue slaughtering another. He sets out for Exeter, where atte Bridge now works. But there he discovers that the priest is 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.

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.

To read an excerpt go HERE

My Thoughts:
When a body is found hanging from a tree on the very first page of a book you know you're in for a bit of a ride, and a man not liked by the town people leaves a pretty big door open for foul play.

Master Hugh is a sharp detective and is soon on his way to find out who dun it, and as you follow him along through the European countryside you'll be sure to run into a lot of words that make no sense whatsoever.....but, have no fear, Mel Starr has added a wonderful Glossary at the beginning of the book to help you along!

This book is the 4th chronical of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, but you really do not have to read the previous books, although you certainly may want to after you figure out who the true enemy is!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Kregel publications.


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