Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Title:  UnHallowed Ground
Author:  Mel Starr
Publisher:  Monarch Books
Available: Now
Source:  Publisher

Pages: 240
Series: Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon Bk 4
Rating:  PG
Genre:  Christian Suspense

About the Book: The fourth adventure of Hugh de Singleton, medieval surgeon and detective, finds Hugh investigating what seems to be a suicide of one of the town's scoundrels and his longtime enemy. Though at first reluctant to pursue a mystery that no one else sees, Hugh and and his new wife Kate set out from the town of Bampton only to follow the clues back in order to discover which of their friends committed the murder

My Take:
Just when I thought authors can't surprise me any more, along comes another surprise.  I know virtually nothing about the 1300's in England so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I came away from this book wanting more and glad to know that this is a continuing series so I can keep it going!  I didn't read any of the others and I would highly encourage you to start at the beginning to get the inside scoop on the characters. It can be read without going back, but I felt like I was missing something in places.  I do believe that each book has it's own plot, just the same characters, so you aren't missing out on the story, tho.  The research that went into the time period, the medical stuff and even the food is just amazing, thank goodness for the glossary!  The pages flew by quickly with a lot of action and descriptive writing, even though I figured out the who dun it pretty quickly, it was still a very enjoyable read!  I can't wait to see what happens next for Hugh...

If you are a big fan of medieval history, you should pick this up soon! 
About the Author: 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.

I was given a copy of this book by Kregel for review purposes. No other compensation was given.  

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