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Monarch Books The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

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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Review 1 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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The beginning of a great series.

Date:April 27, 2012
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LindaLou
Location:Ocala Fl
Age:Over 65
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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
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Review 2 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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Unique in every way

Date:November 16, 2011
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Anonymous
Location:Bryan, TX
Age:45-54
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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.
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Review 3 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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One of my favorite authors

Date:August 2, 2011
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Maggie
Location:Ma
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This was the first Medieval story that I've enjoyed reading.
I'm looking forward to the next book!
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Review 4 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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Date:April 8, 2011
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Stormie Starks
Age:35-44
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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.
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Review 5 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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Date:April 20, 2009
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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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Review 6 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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Date:April 20, 2009
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!
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Review 7 for The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
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Date:April 4, 2009
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.
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