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December 30, 2013
January 3, 2014

The Chronicles 
Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
Book Six
Mel Starr
Rest Not in Peace (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #6)
  • Series: The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782640088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640080

(from Kregel Pub.)
Master Hugh, surgeon and bailiff, 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 current wife, a daughter by a first wife, two knights, two squires, and assorted servants--has outstayed his welcome at Bampton.
The next morning, Sir Henry is found dead, eyes open, in his bed. Master Hugh, despite shrill accusations from the grieving widow, is asked by Lord Gilbert to determine the cause of death . . . which had nothing to do with the potion.
The sixth tale following Hugh de Singleton, Rest Not in Peace is sure to find its place among fans of detective and medieval historical fiction.

Another slice of medieval skullduggery from the surgeon-turned-sleuth.

I have not read any of Mr. Starr's books until now.  I definitely have missed out on some good reading.  The genre, medieval mystery is quite interesting. The story takes place in 1368 in Bampton Castle. Hugh de Singleton was a surgeon and bailiff for Lord Gilbert.  One of his guests, Sir Henry Burley has died.  Singleton has been called to determine the cause of death. Is this a natural death or was foul play a part of his death. As time goes on, Hugh finds that he has more suspects that he can't find alibies for. Could Sir Henry's wife or his  daughter have a part in this death? Both knights for Sir Henry may have wanted Sir Henry's demise. They both desired Sir Henry's wife.  We then have another murder at Lord Gilbert's castle. He wants the murderer found quickly.  He has had enough of Sir Henry's widow. Hugh feels the solution is too easy and won't quit searching.  It appears Sir Henry's life was rather dark.' I enjoyed the way the author brought out the medieval period. The foods they ate and the way they talked. We as a society don't stop to think about the freedoms we have. This time period women were looked down upon but Hugh de Singleton didn't look down on his wife.Hugh  listened and took stock in his wife's opinions. He thought of her as very intelligent and treated her as an equal and he definitely loved her. The author has quite an ability for telling stories and putting them in print. The moment you open the cover you will be hooked.  You follow Hugh in his search for the murderers.  You keep thinking you have it figured out and you turn the page.  Turning that page changes everything.  Mr. Starr has used his talent to keep the reader engaged in the plot and the characters.  I totally enjoyed this book and I'm definitely going to read the first five of The Chronicles. If you love the medieval period and you love mysteries, you will love this book. I suggest that you grab yourself a copy and enter the medieval world of  Hugh de Singleton and go with him as he investigates the murders.

I would give this book 5 KEYS.

I was given a complimentary copy of  the book, REST NOT IN PEACE by Mel Starr from Kregel Blog Tours for my review.  I received no other compensation.

Mel Starr
 Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Spring Arbor High School in 1960, and Greenville College (Illinois) in 1964. He received 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 married Susan Brock in 1965, and they have two daughters; Amy (Kevin) Kwilinski, of Kennesaw, GA, and Jennifer (Jeremy) Reivitt, of Portage, MI. Mel and Susan have seven grandchildren.

The Unquiet Bones (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #1)A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #2)A Trail of Ink (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #3)Unhallowed Ground (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #4)
BOOK 1                    BOOK 2                BOOK 3                  BOOK 4       

The Tainted Coin (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #5)

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