The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon  -     By: Mel Starr
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The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

Monarch Books / 2009 / Paperback

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Descended from a knight, Englishman Hugh de Singleton prefers surgery to chivalry. But when he's asked to help track the killer of a young Oxford woman whose bones are found in a castle cesspool, will he find himself on a quest for justice after all? A witty medieval "whodunit" blending history, intrigue, and romance. 256 pages, softcover from Monarch.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825462908
ISBN-13: 9780825462900
Availability: In Stock
Series: Chronicles OF Hugh De Singleton

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Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, he feels no real calling-despite his lively faith-and he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris and then hanging his sign in Oxford. Soon after, a local lord asks Hugh de Singleton to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspool. Through his medical knowledge, Singleton identifies her as the impetuous missing daughter of a local blacksmith. The young man she loved-whom she had provoked very publicly-is quickly arrested and sentenced at Oxford. But this is just the beginning of the tale. The story of Singleton's adventure unfolds with realistic medical procedures, droll medieval wit, romantic distractions, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion.

"Thoughtful and curious, surgeon Hugh is an engaging character who feels totally real."
--Rikki B.

"I enjoyed the setting, period, the very realistic characters and the dry wit."
--Donna B.

"I read all of it in one go - quite the best medieval mystery I've read in a while. I teach medieval history, so it's always nice to read something by someone who does actually know what he's talking about. Can't wait for the next one "
--Sarah T.

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  1. LindaLou
    Ocala Fl
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The beginning of a great series.
    April 27, 2012
    LindaLou
    Ocala Fl
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this small book a lot. As a nurse, I found the descriptions of medievel medicine interesting and found that the surgeon did a lot of nursing as part of his services. Appreciated the glossary at the beginning of the book. The writer provides a good picture of the times without overwhelming with the difficulties of those times
  2. Bryan, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Unique in every way
    November 16, 2011
    Bryan, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love historical friction and "The Unquiet Bones" was great! Some of the verbage unique to medieval times that the author used was somewhat foreign, and not all of these terms were included in the brief dictionary at the beginning of the book. Other than that, I can't wait to get the next book in this series.
  3. Maggie
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of my favorite authors
    August 2, 2011
    Maggie
    Ma
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was the first Medieval story that I've enjoyed reading.

    I'm looking forward to the next book!
  4. Stormie Starks
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 8, 2011
    Stormie Starks
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am always looking for new authors and different stories. If you love CSI, BONES or crime shows and love medieval stories with lots of twists and turns, then this one is for you. I have already ordered the next books in the series.
  5. Christy Lockstein
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 20, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    The Unquiet Bones by Mel R. Starr is the first book featuring Hugh de Singleton, a surgeon in medieval England. Hugh has recently graduated from Oxford as a surgeon and has hung up a shingle in the bustling college town. When Lord Gilbert is wounded by a rearing horse, Hugh is on the scene and stitches up the lord in no time. Lord Gilbert shows his appreciation by bringing Hugh to his demesne, Bampton, as the town surgeon. Hugh is elevated to the post of bailiff when three sets of bones are discovered near the castle and he is ordered to discover first their identities and then their murderers. The book started off a little rough; Hugh's first person narration at first seemed choppy. But as the story progressed, I became completely immersed in the story, and Hugh reveals himself to be an earnest and sweetly noble young man. He is deeply burdened by the task set for him by Lord Gilbert, as well as by his growing affection for Lady Joan. The mystery is well-written and suspenseful, but the appeal of the book is Hugh. I found myself smiling and chuckling at his occasional bumbling. This is a character who has a great capacity for growth over the course of a series.
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