- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Lion Fiction (20 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782640819
- ISBN-13: 978-1782640813
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tainted Coin: The Chronicles Of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon: 5 Paperback – 20 Oct 2013
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Fans of medieval mysteries will revel in Starr's lively blending of intriguing suspense and telling historical detail. --Library Journal
About the Author
Mel Starr has spent many years teaching history, and has studied medieval surgery and medieval English. He lives in Illinois.
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Top Customer Reviews
In Hugh de Stapleton, his wife Kate, the sidekick Arthur and many other secondary characters, author Mel Starr has created credibly three-dimensional subjects who give the story real heft and interest. The descriptions of living conditions and civic organization of the time are also detailed and fully imaginable to the reader. Brought together, the whole well-researched package comes to life in a way that other historical fiction sometimes does not succeed in doing.
Reading the book as a simple crime/police procedural brings another dimension to the book in that the time involved to accomplish any investigation (compared to the modern era) was exceedingly long and often haphazard. Results more often rely on the wit and knowledge of the protagonist vs. the assembly of facts. The stalwart Hugh is certainly up to the challenge and convincingly pulls together answers by book's end, while taking some serious physical and psychological hits along the way. This is credible copper for any period of history.
He has no fingerprinting/DNA evidence/etc to help and finds ingenious ways to detect!
Good story and I am looking forward to the next one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have enjoyed this series in order of the Surgeon / Baliff Hugh De Singleton and his writings. This story unfortunately for me did not hold my interest too much. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tone the Cone
I very much enjoyed reading this book, but found the ending a bit unsatisfactory as though the book were really unfinished. Perhaps the story will be completed in a future book! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Silver Lining
This is a Christmas present, but I'm assured the previous books in the series were brilliant hence the 5 stars.Published 19 months ago by Kate
Quite a good book although I found as I progressed that it did not have much substance.Published 22 months ago by Maria Probst
Another rollicking read, but the book ended rather abruptly. Why didn't Hugh go after Sir Simon and try to recover the missing silver? Did he ever find the victim's sisters? Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2015 by Mrs. Caroline Turnbull