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October 31, 2017


Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon) by [Starr, Mel]

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton
Surgeon #10
Melvin Starr 

To bring justice, Master Hugh must foil the corrupt power of great men

Many medieval scholars discontinued their university studies before completing their degree. Some lacked funds; others became bored with a scholar's life. Occasionally these young men formed lawless bands, robbing and raping and creating chaos. They were called goliards.

In Deeds of Darkness Master Hugh learns that the Bampton coroner, an old friend, has been slain while traveling to Oxford. As he seeks the killer (or killers) he discovers a band of goliards in the area between Oxford and Bampton. But how to apprehend these youths? They have protectors far above Hugh's station. He must deal with the claims of justice on the one hand and the power of great men to protect their henchmen on the other.

MELVIN R. STARR:   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.

Going back to the 14th century England.  The author takes you away to a different time, a different place.  His research was well done so the reader gets some historical facts to go along with a relaxing read.   You become one with the characters. The author's descriptions are so good that you feel you are part of this time.  The author takes your mind and places you there. On top of all that, you get to be part of the mystery and how to solve it.   This isn't a fast read, not if you take the time to become a part of that life and time.  The author gives the reader some good solid characters, well researched history, a mystery and all together it is an interesting story. You will have some learning of historical facts and at the same time it is very interesting.   You get characters that grow as the pages turn. You get suspense, crimes, medicine, mystery and much more.   Follow Hugh de Singleton as his life evolves once again, in  his search for those who were wronged for those who did the wrong.   I would suggest reading the other books about Mr. Singleton.

I received a copy of this book from Kregel Blog Tours and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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