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Rest Not in Peace: 6 (The Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon) [Paperback]

Mel Starr
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20 Sep 2013 The Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon (Book 6)
Master Hugh is asked to provide a sleeping potion for Sir Henry Burley, a friend and guest of Lord Gilbert at Bampton Castle. Sir Henry, (with his wife, a daughter by a first wife, two knights, two squires, and assorted servants), has outstayed his welcome at Bampton Castle. The next morning after Master Hugh provides the potion, Sir Henry is found dead, eyes open, in his bed. Master Hugh, the target of the wife's wrath, is asked by Lord Gilbert to determine the cause of death ...

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition edition (20 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640080
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mel Starr has spent many years teaching history, and has studied medieval surgery and medieval English. He lives in Michigan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating History 6 Dec 2013
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Unexpectedly intriguing and captivating. If you like historical fiction rooted in fact, this could be the author for you. Found it difficult to stop reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars learning in an interesting way 3 Oct 2013
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he knows his background so well that though the genre is murder fiction it is educational. this is the 5th book of his that i have read. the last four were preordered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Exactly as described :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought for a friend who is a very big fan ... 5 July 2014
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bought for a friend who is a very big fan of Mel Starr and she was over the moon a cracking read as usual
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mel-the Star! 29 May 2014
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Another fantastic read. Only one small criticism, the format was smaller (was it also shorter?) So, as a set on the shelf; it looks somewhat shrunken! Nevertheless, I read it with the same relish as his earlier books. Keep up the good work Mel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Odd ending 23 April 2014
I picked up this book as a review copy but it has taken me a while to get round to reading it. I don't think I missed much.

Hugh is a surgeon and bailiff working in Oxfordshire. When a visitor to his lord dies overnight, Hugh's preliminary investigations indicate murder. The story revolves around an impoverished noble family and revenge for family who were dealt hard blows in poverty.

The background detail is very good and the glossary very useful but the problem is the story. It's engaging enough but just wraps up too neatly at the end and some clues were not finalised.

An amusing and short distraction but not a book to remember or relish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent yarn 27 Feb 2014
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I think Mel's later books are a little "thin" compared with Unquiet Bones *****. There was much historical information about the life and customs of the time in the first book and a well conceived story story. I was inspired to write to him after that and my comment was published in his second book. They are now becoming routine. Worth a read still if you like the genre.
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By Annie W
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Although the solution to the murder took Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff at Brampton Castle, a little while to discover, the slow pace of the tale somehow made the whole experience more enjoyable, and drew me into the rural world as it was in 1368. What is specially interesting is the background detail, not so much the names for the various dishes served up (having to keep referring to the glossary distracted from the story, and I felt I could have happily read that Kate was preparing what was effectively scrambled egg with onions, without needing to know it was called 'hanoney'), but the references to the 'Statute of Labourers', with its legal ramifications and financial penalties, imposed by those whose interests it served, but evaded wherever possible by the labourers themselves, and ignored by those landowners who, desperate for workers, would pay well above the statutory limit. We tend to 'know' about the downtrodden peasants, but this really brought the situation home.

Apart from Hugh spending much time eating, contemplating the river from the bridge, and enjoying his well-portrayed family of Kate and his baby daughter Bessie, he does a lot of thinking, a little moralising, and shows a great awareness of other people of all degrees. His ability to sway officials away from automatically fixing the blame on the first suspect, imprisoning him, and relying on time in a dungeon or on the rack to force a confession, is impressive, and I find I really like Hugh de Singleton, and the whole community based around the castle. It's just that I'll now have to wait until summer to find out what happens next, after the bad news at the end of the story.
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