Review: 'A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel' by Mel Starr
The second novel in the Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, series by author Mel Starr, seamlessly picks up where "The Unquiet Bones" left off. Still, if "A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel" is the first book you read of this series, you will soon be brought up to speed in this historical fiction/mystery series.
Crafted as the memoirs of Hugh de Singleton, each book in this series chronicles the surgeon's life and adventures in 14th century England. Singleton had never imagined that his choice of career would lead him into becoming a medical detective of sorts, but circumstances continue to present themselves that foist him squarely in that position.
Without the equipment and forensic science of today, it is interesting to follow the progression of Singleton's thoughts and processes in determining both how the dead person died and who was responsible for the untimely death.
Several subplots are woven into the novel, one of which is the shy Singleton's wish for a good wife. His station in life had prevented him from moving forward with an attraction in "The Unquiet Bones." In "A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel," Singleton and the reader are introduced to a young woman who catches the surgeon's eye -- and would be socially appropriate to his station.
Mel Starr has, thus far, six novels in this series, with a seventh scheduled to be released yet in 2014.
I have enjoyed following Singleton's experiences and the opportunity to become immersed in a simpler, though definitely more difficult, period of life.
***** Additional Book Reviews *****
" The Unquiet Bones " by Mel Starr
" Cockroaches " by Jo Nesbo
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