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February 2, 2015

The Abbot's Agreement by Mel Starr


The chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon
Mel Starr
Product Details
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A new and disturbing puzzle for the medieval surgeon-turned-sleuth
Master Hugh de Singleton is making his way toward Oxford when he discovers the corpse of a young Benedictine not half a mile from the nearby abbey.
The abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity; it is John, one of three novices. He had gone missing four days previous, and yet his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death—the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh’s sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him.
With realistic medical procedures of the period, droll medieval wit, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion, the seventh in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton will delight medieval history and crime fiction fans alike.
  • Series: Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition edition (October 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782641092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782641094

Editorial Reviews


"Hugh de Singleton is a delight... the well-crafted plot, the excellent period detail and the flashes of humour." -- Donna Fletcher Crow, author of The Monastery Murders "Dances along, taking you with it all the way... exciting mystery, delightful historical detail - a tale well told. I loved it." -- Penelope Wilcock, author of The Hawk and the Dove trilogy

About the Author

Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating with 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 and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.
I had a hard time finishing this book.  It just didn't click with me.  But I needed to give it a chance.  I didn't find anything wrong with the style and  the setting.  I'm sure the author put a lot of research  into the book.  Most of the time I like an in between pace, not fast, not slow but this book was so slow.  There was a lot of going back in time over what had already happened.  There also seemed to be some repeated phrases which didn't make the story bad, just unnecessary.  It was just too slow paced.  The plot is there somewhere.  It just takes so long to get there.  Without part of the plot the story doesn't mean anything.  I feel it is a very good written book.  It just doesn't have enough to it. I've read other books by this author and really liked them.
I was given a complimentary copy of THE ABBOT'S AGREEMENT from the author, Mel Starr and Kregel Publications for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 3 STARS.



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