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A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel (Hugh de Singleton, Bk 2)
A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel - Hugh de Singleton, Bk 2
Author: Mel Starr
Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda had sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor. Two days later his corpse was discovered in the hedge, at the side of the track to St Andre...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781854249548
ISBN-10: 1854249541
Publication Date: 2/19/2010
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Monarch Books
Book Type: Paperback
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While "A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel" was a really great read it definitely was not what I was expecting. I first came across this title when I was perusing the most recent listing of books needing to be reviewed. The title sounded intriguing; it sounded medieval and having a corpse found outside a place of worship made me wonder if there would be an unnatural element like a werewolf or vampire included in the tale. I performed my customary Amazon research and the plot description seemed to validate my initial feelings.

It's spring. The year is 1365 and Alan the beadle, or manor officer, left at dusk one evening to ensure no residents were lingering outside after curfew. He never returned home. The next morning Alan's wife, Matilda, sought assistance from Master Hugh de Singleton the surgeon and manor's bailiff. Two days later Alan's body is discovered in the hedge on the way to St Andrew's Chapel. His throat has been ripped open, his head is barely attached to his body and his face, hands and forearms are covered with deep lacerations. The coroner surmises that a wolf has inflicted all of this damage yet Master Hugh is not convinced. Alan suffered mortal wounds to the throat and the head yet neither the coroner nor the investigators can find more than a drop or two of blood where his body was discovered.

So, I requested "A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel" to be sent to me. It arrived and I sat down with it a few days later. Wow, what a great book! Mel Starr, the author, has a really great writing style and I enjoyed the book immensely. I liked that the book was written in the first person and I also liked that it's medieval history. Starr did a phenomenal job with the time period, the language, the religious aspects and the characters while winding multiple mysteries throughout the tale.

In closing I give "A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel" a five-star rating. A fantastic read for young adults and older and I look forward to reading more by Mel Starr in future.

Charline Ratcliff, author
"The Curse of Nefertiti"
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#2 Hugh de Singleton medieval mystery set in 1360's in the town of Bampton, UK. Still recovering from the plague two decades previously, a spate of lawlessness seems to have taken over the countryside as Hugh, a surgeon, settles into his double role as Bailiff of Bampton Castle for Lord Gilbert Talbot. When Alan the beadle is found dead--first presumed attacked by a wolf, later noted to have been shot with an arrow--Hugh must investigate the death and is attacked several times himself for his trouble. As he follows several twisty, tenuous threads trying to solve several small mysteries that come together in a somewhat pedestrian, obvious conclusion.

That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the book--I did, very much. The sense of time and place provided by the author is outstanding and indeed is the strong point of this series so far. I do like Hugh, but he seems to be just developing as a character. The writing style is at times a bit off-putting and doesn't always flow smoothly, and also with several repetitive phrases that seemed to stand out sometimes. But the entire package was quite enjoyable and I look forward to getting to know Hugh better in the next book.
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Excellent second book the Hugh De Sigleton Series. I love the historical description of the time, all the different food (most sound awful) description of dirty people, clothes, household. You can picture the setting and it people very well. I love Hugh and the way his character is growing in this books. I felt the mystery is second to the historic setting and its character. Can't wait to get book 3.
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In this second installment of the Hugh de Singleton series, we find Hugh as now bailiff for Lord Gilbert and surgeon for the village of Bampton near Oxford. Trying to find the killer of the Beadle (night watchman)of the village. Though it looks to be the work of a wolf there is no sign of such an animal. Hugh is suspicious too because the dead mans shoes are missing.

I like Hugh I wanted to like this book but I found it slow going, there were just to many times he saw things and didn't really press to find out what was going on the story meandered to it's conclusion.

The best part in this book is the budding romance between Hugh and a young lady.
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A story set in 14th century England. A corpse is found seemingly killed by a wild animal but things just don't add up. I enjoyed the history of what life was like at that time.
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This is the Second Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon.

One of my main complaints about the first book in the series was this: the plot and murder mystery were far too simple and easy to figure out. Apparently Mel Starr took similar criticism from others and made the plot of his second book almost too complex to follow.

I will admit that Mr. Starr has improved as a writer since his first book was released, but he still struggles with pacing and plot development. In this installment, the bodies keep piling up and threads of the plot go everywhere. I felt like the entire mystery was confusing and disjointed. Whether or not that was the author's intent can be left up for debate.

If you made it through the first book, I don't think that you will be disappointed by the second. It is an improvement over the first, although it has its own unique shortcomings. In all, it is not a bad book. But like the first, I simply wouldn't recommend it with very much enthusiasm.

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