Oh, how I loved going back to medieval England to read about life and love at that time! Written in the first person narrative of the protagonist, Hugh of Singleton, who consults with John Wyclif before deciding to study medicine. After completing his education, he hangs out his shingle to practice surgery and meets with success when he treats Lord Gilbert who gratefully sets Hugh up in practice at Bampton, where Lord Gilbert resides in his castle. When bones are found in the castle grounds, Hugh is chosen to become a private detective, and he roams the countryside with his investigation. The character, written in depth, is quite believable. The author does a fine job of researching life in the middle ages and the practice of medicine during this time of the plague. There's a bit of romance, some interesting surgeries, and even a troupe of actors who perform. An extensive glossary makes the novel easy to read. All in all, this is a delightful book. I look forward to the next in the series, and I recommend this to one and all!
I was intrigued by the prospect of reading a medieval mystery. The Unquiet Bones by Melvin R. Starr is the incredibly suspenseful beginning to what promises to be an outstanding series of medieval crime stories following the main character, Hugh de Singleton, a newly educated surgeon and sleuth. This is a wonderfully intelligent mystery read where English lords and ladies meet crime scene investigation! Theres been a multiple murder, and the bones have been found at Bampton Castle. When a series of events leads Hugh de Singleton to treat the lord of the castle, he is in a prime position to investigate and solve the mystery.The authors education is history and medieval surgery is very evident throughout this intellectually crafted novel that is bound to draw the reader to a new level of thought.