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Satisfying mediaeval murder mystery with medical and religious flavour,
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This review is from: A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel: The Second Chronicle of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon (The Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon) (Paperback)I have just finished the second of these books and will no doubt read the others. It reminds me a bit of the G C Samsom Matthew Shaldrake novels set during Reformation England. I thought the Shaldrake novels were marginally better written murder mysteries, the Hugh de Singleton books are, without being offensive, not quite so professional. They are good though. The period detail is better if the plot is not so cleverly done.
As a doctor I was interested to read about the medical and surgical aspects of these books. There is some cunningly writen medical details which as far as I can tell is spot on. Honest too. The writer's credentials as a historian come through, lots of fascinating details form another time-and one we may return to when the oil runs out.
The hero reflects a lot on matters of Christian faith (as does Shaldrake in Sansom's books). This might put some people off but is thoughtfully done, authentic and not in my view overdone.
A good page turning read if not a masterpiece. I shall complete the series.
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