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on 14 November 2011
This is another great tale about Hugh De Singleton. The story is about a supposed suicide of a character from a previous book and about Hugh's determination to prove that it was a murder. I was a little disappointed that there is less of Hugh as a surgeon in this book, as I like the descriptions of medieval medical practices, however Hugh remains a great character. The level of historical detail is fantastic and I found myself flicking to the glossary to find out what all the medieval terms and phrases meant. I could almost imagine myself there.

The book is the 4th in a series however I think it would work just as well as a standalone book so don't be put off if you haven't read the rest.
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"Unhallowed Ground" is the fine fourth installment of the Hugh de Singleton series by Mel Starr. Hugh de Singleton is a 14th Century English surgeon who is also the bailiff, or general manager, for the estate of an important nobleman in the southeastern part of England. A perceptive and principled man for the times, de Singleton has emerged into kind of early police detective, who is kept busy by a continuous stream of crimes--major and minor--ranging from curfew violation to game poaching to murder. "Unhallowed..." opens with the death of a village one-man-crimewave, Thomas atta-Bridge. Bailiff de Singleton quickly concludes that the death, staged to look like suicide, is actually a murder. There is immediately a long list of suspects. The victim was hated by virtually everyone in the village of Brampton, where he and de Singleton live. The Bailiff himself has reason to rejoice at att-Bridge's death as the man had twice tried to kill him. From this point forward, the novel follows a classic police procedural course as de Singleton works to pare down the list of murder suspects. Early into the process, he and his new wife Kate become murder targets, effectively opening a second storyline.

There are a couple of things that made this novel above average reading for me. The characters are mostly well sketched and accessible. While the protagonist is not Mensa-smart, he is logical, fair-minded and a credible everyman kind of guy. This storyline sends him into one sleuthing blind alley after another, and after each dead end, he doggedly and convincingly reassesses and moves on.
The second element that I liked about this book--and others in the series--is the great amount of detail about daily life in medieval England that is included in the stories. Author Starr has done an enormous amount of research for this series and provides a helpful glossary at the beginning of the books. The overall result is to give palpable authenticity to the work.

A good read and recommended.
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on 21 July 2012
Yet another absolute gem of a book.
Each of the Hugh de Singleton series builds on the strengths of the previous work while introducing new elements that, hopefully, will be followed up in editions to come.
As another reviewer has mentioned I'd like to have read a little more of the Surgeon but that's a very minor point in an otherwise excellent book.
Now, if we can just have a new book every month, with no loss of quality, I'll be a very happy man.
(Just kidding, really looking forward to the next one.......Soon please.)
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on 16 May 2013
This is book four in this series of medieval murder mystery stories. This is the best series of this type that I have read in a long time! The characters are so well written and the descriptions of that period of history bring the story to life! This book again is very difficult to put down and housework and other jobs tend to be forgotten!! Can't wait for the next book to be published! Would recommend this series to anyone who likes this type of story or someone who is looking for a change of author.
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on 5 February 2012
An author who never disappoints. A good read and continues the series with flair, I look forward to the next one!.
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on 20 April 2013
Can't fault this great historical fiction book - very detailed and historically well researched. Storyline keeps you guessing 'til the end and wanting more.
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on 27 February 2012
Once again Mel Starr is showing that he's a good follower of all these medieval mystery writers. I'm looking forward to his next Hugh De Singleton novel !
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on 29 June 2013
Mel is a gifted author and all his works have been avidly read, blow the housework! I have already preordered his forthcoming novel, can't wait!
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on 27 July 2012
easy read, good story, i get to know hugh's character as you read the series. seems unusual combination of surgeon and bailiff.
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on 3 July 2014
Hugh and Kate are becoming more real as the tales progress. I love the frequent Bible references, which give the book a distinctive flavour, yet does not detract from the story. It does not come across as a " religious" book in any way, but is certainly a thought - provoking account.
Are there any more books in the pipeline, in this series, other than the 5 already printed? I want to know the rest of Kate & Hugh's story.
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