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The unquiet bones : the first chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon (edição 2008)

por Melvin R. Starr

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Hugh de Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight in Wyclif's England, is newly trained as a surgeon. He receives an invitation to set up his practice in the village of Brampton-- and before long, the request to identify some bones ...
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Título:The unquiet bones : the first chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon
Autores:Melvin R. Starr
Informação:Oxford, UK ; Grand Rapids, Mich. : Monarch Books, 2008.
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Set in the 1300s, Hugh De Singleton is a younger brother in a small landowning family of lesser gentry. He has chosen to be a surgeon. Soon he meets up and shows his worth to Lord Gilbert of Bampton and is made his bailiff. Lord Gilbert asks him to use his skills and education to solve the mystery of some bones found in the cesspit.

This ebook begins with a lovely glossary and a map. I appreciated both. I found the world and story to be interesting and Hugh is nice to follow along with. His faith and outlook on life were pleasing to me and I found several passages to highlight, which is unusual for me. As a first novel, it holds much promise, and having already read one of the later novels, I know I will enjoy this series. ( )
  MrsLee | Jan 18, 2020 |
This book is the first in a series, The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, and if this one is anything to judge the rest by it promises to be an intriguing and interesting set of books.

Unlike most cozy mysteries that are set in Bake Shops, Quilting Clubs or just centred around folks that enjoy unravelling a good mystery, this one is set in medieval England. The main protagonist is a four son, and as befitting the times is having to make his own way in the world, with death of his three older brothers being the only way he will inherit. The way he finds is the path of the surgeon, although given the condition of 14th century medicine I feel that the title ‘surgeon’ should be loosely interpreted. With a skilful hand the Author paints perfectly the lot of a younger son, and the reader is transported into the time period to suffer the cold and hunger that the main character experiences. Despite all his hardships, this character is very likeable, and is very well aware of the holes in his knowledge and goes to great lengths to make sure that those around him understand his skills only go so far. As the novel progresses so we see our main character grow and begin to find out who he really is; this is done with humility on the part of our ‘hero’ which only serves to endear him to the reader even more.

This is not a fast paced murder mystery but rather it ambles along at pace that reflects the era it was set in. It is a simpler time, but this simpler time is laced with a darkness and cruelty that was redolent in the 14th century. Although the story itself is simple, that is a good thing, the Authors descriptions are not weighed down with too much description, but not too little that the reader loses interest in what is happening. The book does have a lot of references to Christianity and the Church, but this is not because it is a Christian fiction novelist, again this is just a reflection of a time when the Church played a very large role in the everyday lives of the people it touched. Again this added to the overall feel of the novel, and did not detract from it in anyway. Through tight writing and keeping on track with the plot, this novel is more than just another medieval tale.

I would highly recommend reading this series, and those readers who enjoy a cozy mystery but are looking for something away from the normal setting might especially enjoy this along with lovers of historical fiction. I will definitely be reading the remainder of the series as, and when they are published.


Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/03/25/review-the-unquiet-bones-the-chronicles-of...



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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
A chilling tale and a great start to the Hugh de Singleton chronicles. A missing girl, a body in an unexpected place, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very end. ( )
  LilyRoseShadowlyn | May 2, 2019 |
This sounded like a good read and I wanted to like it but couldn't get past about 10% or less. The long intro on how the main character got started in his profession was boring to me. Would have preferred action earlier, but the killer blow was when the protagonist entering a small town asks: "Do all small English towns have a High Street?" Well, that's a question an American tourist would ask, not a 14th century Englishman. Then in the next paragraph he notes that his arrival is creating a lot of attention so he says "But people in small towns are like that." This throw-away cliche totally put me off and I couldn't continue. ( )
  MitchMcCrimmon | Apr 27, 2018 |
Good historical fiction mystery, set in 1363 England. I especially appreciated the glossary of medieval terms, and thought that the map was also helpful. ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 9, 2017 |
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"...the story has a twist or two and I found myself rooting for the modest Hugh, especially in his aspiring to the beautiful Lady Joan who is way above his station. Billed as the 'first chronicle', there is obviously more to look forward to."
 
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