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Unhallowed Ground (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #4)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  780 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cow-leys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so. Many of the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the priest John Kellet, atte Bridge's partner in crime in ...more
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Published October 21st 2011 by Monarch Books
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Susan in NC
Sep 28, 2016 Susan in NC rated it liked it
3.5 stars, as in I really liked it despite slow pacing in the first quarter or so. I have enjoyed each entry in this mystery series about 14th-century bailiff/surgeon Hugh de Singleton, and this was no exception, although the pacing dragged a bit for me in the middle. I think it was largely because Hugh was trying to solve the possible murder of a truly horrible person - always hard to care when the world seems better off without the deceased!

I was delighted to see Hugh and Kate settling into Ba
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Karen Brooks
Mar 08, 2013 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading this series featuring Hugh de Singleton by Melvin R Starr, I couldn’t stop. Searching for historical fiction that really captured a specific era (I was looking for the late 1300s, early 1400s) but was tight, well written and engaging proved harder than I initially thought – in that, I had already read so many good novels, it was hard to find new material. That was, until I stumbled upon Starr’s series.
The fourth book in the Hugh de Singleton series, the surgeon who become
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Anietta
A more tightly-written addition to the series. Master Hugh must wrestle with his conscience when seeking a killer among those who were grievously wronged by the murdered man and, in certain cases, denied justice and effectively abandoned by the law. The bailiff has reason also to fall under suspicion himself by others and must ensure he is not seen to be accusing another to save himself. And, at what cost could discovering the guilty person have upon the community. These were all explored in a f ...more
Annet
Apr 20, 2014 Annet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Mel Starr always give a great view of medieval times, combined with a crime story, where Hugh de Singleton, medieval surgeon and detective, goes on a hunt for the killer and usually gets pursued himself by the bad guys out there. Enjoy these books and the details of the times, but this one was a bit less interesting than the previous ones. Therefore.... 3 stars.
English
I only recently discovered ‘The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton’, which attracted me for a number of reasons. As a fan of the Cadfael series a Medieval Crime Mystery series seemed interesting, as a lover of Medieval History the setting attracted me, and as a Christian the religious aspects and the fact that novels in this genre tend to be ‘cleaner’ than others also seemed a plus.

By way of a brief introduction the series is set in the late 1300s (14th century) and the protagonist Hugh de Singlet
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Lisa Johnson
Jan 22, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A man who commits suicide or was he murdered? Buried where? Why? The year is 1360 something in an unfamiliar land and unique sounding words describe people, positions, and responsibilities. Never before has such a novel attracted my attention…until now.
Mel Starr has written “chronicles” of a character named Hugh de Singleton. This character has more than one job in his village. What the name of the village is, I can’t say. What is this character’s occupation? I can’t spoil the book and reveal w
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Victor Gentile
Jan 26, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Mel Starr in his new book, “Unhallowed Ground” Book Four in the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series published by Monarch Books returns us to Oxford in 1366 for another mystery involving the intrepid bailiff and surgeon.

From the back cover: Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cowleys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so.

Many of the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to se
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Sarah
I had the privilege of having read Mel Starr’s A Trail of Ink and as much as I enjoyed that one I’d have to say I’ve enjoyed Unhallowed Ground just as much or maybe more. This is the fourth chronicle of a surgeon by the name of Hugh de Singleton who is living and working in the 1300′s and as one will start realizing as they read, you will be taken fully back into that time with the language as well as how operations are performed – I found the performance of the couching surgery for cataracts qu ...more
Nate LaClaire
Jan 27, 2012 Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing
In Mel Starr’s fourth tale of Hugh de Singleton, medieval surgeon, Unhallowed Ground, we find our protagonist investigating the murder of one Thomas atte Bridge after this unlikable fellow is found hanging from a tree. While Master Hugh would like to believe the popular opinion that the victim took his own life, his finding of evidence to the contrary requires him to investigate his friends and neighbors to determine who took the life of their common enemy.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The stor
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Theresa
Unhallowed Ground is the fourth book in the "Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon", however it is easily read as a stand-alone. This is the first of the series I have read, and I found no problems with starting at this point. There is enough information and character development that I could easily connect and not feel lost.

Taking place in 14th Century Bampton, England, Unhallowed Ground centers around Master Hugh de Singleton who is both a surgeon and bailiff to Sir Gilbert. Master Hugh is
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Jan 23, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it it was amazing
Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of Bamptom in the year 1366, believes that Thomas, a man found hanging from a tree, has been murdered. All others, with the exception of his wife, believe that Thomas took his own life. As Hugh sets out to uncover the truth, he begins to uncover more and more evidence supporting his belief Thomas was murdered, but soon finds himself in a dilemma of having to investigate his friends for the murder of a man who was once his enemy.

This is the first chronicle o
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Kevin Sorensen
Jan 17, 2012 Kevin Sorensen rated it it was amazing
I'll state right up front that I have not read any of Mel Star's other novels involving Hugh de Singleton. There are three and they may be found here. I found, however, this story was not connected to the other three in plot, but simply in characters. Thus, I didn't feel like I was missing out on something and I enjoyed this very much. I find it difficult to keep up with multi-volumn books these days and reading #4 in a series of at least four (there's a teaser at the end looking toward book #5) ...more
Jann Barber
Mar 31, 2012 Jann Barber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this in the First Reads program and if I were to start reading it again tomorrow, would tell myself to either read it all within the space of a few days or else write a list of characters and their relationships to which I could refer after leaving the book on the table for the span of several days.

I read the first book in this series and bought the next two entries on my Kindle, but have not yet read them. I do enjoy the historical background that makes up part of each story. In this book
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Ann Saylor
Mel Starr has just released another book in his Hugh De Singleton series. It is titled Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon.




Thomas atte Bridge, a town criminal disliked by everyone in the town, is found hanging from a tree at the beginning of the story. The townspeople all assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh believes otherwise. As the bailiff, surgeon, and detective in the small 13th century town of Bampton, England, Master Hugh sets on a complicate
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Wendy Hines
Jan 24, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
When Thomas atte Bridge is found hung from a tree in the village, Master Hugh, bailiff of Bampton Manor, accompanies the town coroner to the great oak. There, Thomas' wife is sobbing, holding his knees while many of the villagers look on.

At first, it looks like a suicide but Master Hugh finds the evidence to the contrary. Thomas has a busted lip, broken tooth, mud on the heels of his shoes and redness on his wrists. He is sure someone murdered him. However, the coroner declares it a suicide and
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Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jan 28, 2012 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it it was amazing
This was my first book in this series so I had fun figuring out some of the words, which I thought was neat. Maybe because some of my family no longer with us used some of the same words? And Hugh’s herbal medicines would interested a lot of people today, I wonder myself if some of these remedies will work just as well as prescription medicines.

I felt bad that Hugh was on his own thinking that someone else murdered old atte Bridge, instead of him taking his own life. Well except Hugh’s new wife
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Tina Peterson
I found this book rather hard to read. What I did like about the book was the depth of the history, the research and the author's understanding of the period written about in the book. I also really liked the characters of Hugh & Kate who are both very strong, suited to each other and even though they (especially Hugh) have to make tough decisions when it comes to people they know - they do it.

Unhallowed Ground refers to the church's stance that someone who either has committed suicide or i
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Tina Peterson
Jan 21, 2012 Tina Peterson rated it liked it
I found this book rather hard to read. What I did like about the book was the depth of the history, the research and the author's understanding of the period written about in the book. I also really liked the characters of Hugh & Kate who are both very strong, suited to each other and even though they (especially Hugh) have to make tough decisions when it comes to people they know - they do it.

Unhallowed Ground refers to the church's stance that someone who either has committed suicide or is
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Brenda
Jan 23, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
This is the fourth installment of the Hugh de Singleton series and Hugh and Kate have been married for about three months when Thomas atte Bridge is found hanging from a tree. While the coroner wants to call it a suicide, the evidence points to foul play. Even though atte Bridge has had run ins with most of the townsfolk and is disliked by all Hugh is determined to figure out who the murderer is.
This book takes place in 1366 in England, and it's easy to see the author does an amazing job of rese
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Joy
Feb 13, 2014 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Master Hugh does less doctoring and more bailiff-ing in UNHALLOWED GROUND. His main two concerns are 1) the body of Thomas atte Bridge, found hanging where suicides go but with too many clues that he didn't commit suicide; and 2) whoever keeps trying to set Hugh's house on fire. As Hugh investigates Thomas's activities, he worries: If he brings the killer of hardcore criminal Thomas to punishment, will he be committing an injustice? But Hugh has a family to protect, so he must stop a consciencel ...more
Jerelyn
Jan 07, 2012 Jerelyn rated it liked it
Shelves: medieval-mystery
Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr
In this fourth book of the Huge De Singleton series we find Hugh now happily married and back in Bampton. An old adversary is found hanging by the neck at the cross roads where suicides are buried. The coroner is convinced it is suicide and Hugh knows it is not. He is not surprised when his inquiries turn up one suspect after another after all Thomas Atte Bridge or his brother had bullied, cheated and stolen from many in this small community.
I have a few gripes wit
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Melanie
It is honestly hard to find Christian Fiction books set in Medieval times. One of my very favorite time periods to read about with my unrealistic dreams of castles and knights in shining armor! This book was superb! The mystery of whodunit kept you reading and guessing and trying to figure it out right alongside of Hugh. I loved the relationship with Hugh and his new bride Kate too which gave us another side of Hugh.. super helpful in character development. Mel Starr graciously gives us a mini d ...more
Jacque Stengel
Jan 27, 2012 Jacque Stengel rated it really liked it
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 pl ...more
Tammy
Jan 23, 2012 Tammy rated it really liked it
A quiet time book that enables the reader to draw closer to God.
I think that as a christian I need to have a close relationship with the Father. I don't always take the time I should to have that intimate relationship-that one.on.one.time but Gene Edwards does make some valid points and points that are well worth the time to try and incorporate.
Yes, most of us, who are church goers, have probably heard most of what is in this book time and time again but sometimes we need a reminder of how impo
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
May 18, 2012 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
UNHALLOWED GROUND by Mel Starr is a medieval police historical fiction. It is book #4 in the “ Chronicles of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon” series,but can be
read as a stand alone. See,”The Unquiet Bones”,”A Corpse at St Andrew’s Chapel”,and “A Trail of Ink”. The saga of Hugh de Singleton continues as a tale of medieval murder,mystery,and life. “Unhallowed Ground” follows Singleton as he searches for a killer through Exeter and Bampton,as he discovers corruption,and past mistakes. Fast paced,full of
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Diane Estrella
Sep 13, 2011 Diane Estrella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this book in the series picked up right where A Trail of Ink left off. I feel like I am on a journey with these characters and have a vested interest in their lives.

The author does a wonderful job of immersing the reader completely into this time in history. Everyday mundane things are made to be significant because in these people’s lives, they were. Nothing with the mystery is obvious, and clues unfold in natural and insignificant ways. This is real detective work. Piecing together
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Carl
Jul 21, 2013 Carl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way behind so trying to be brief.

#4 of the Hugh de Singleton series, it’s pretty similar to its predecessors; a mysterious death to be solved against the background of 14th century English village life.
Entertaining and somewhat informative; although with each book, there’s less new to learn about the social history and it becomes less interesting to me.

As an aside, I see that many reviewers label this series as “Christian” fiction. Normally, I’d find that off-putting, but the narrator, like almo
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Natasha
Dec 29, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first historical crime novel that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the fourth novel in a series, I had not read the others but on the strength of this book I think I will. Hugh De Singleton (Surgeon & Bailiff) is asked to investigate the apparent suicide of local ruffian and all around bad guy, Thomas Att Bridge who was found hanging. No-one is sad that he has died and many people have good enough reason to want him dead. Hugh wrestles with his own conscience throug ...more
Anne
Apr 22, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
A very good medieval mystery set in the late 1300's. This is the 4th chronicle of Hugh de Singleton; I've read them all and thoroughly enjoyed them. Besides a good mystery story and interesting characters, the story provides insight into the medieval period, its way of life, tradition, cycles and the people's motivations. I've discovered that I have a passion for this time period - offsetting plague, war and superstition are good, caring people in an era of igenuity and persistance. You can feel ...more
Jami
Jan 27, 2012 Jami rated it it was amazing
Unhallowed Ground continues the story of Hugh de Singleton, a surgeon and bailiff in 14th Century England. When an enemy of Hugh's suddenly is found swinging from a tree, Hugh finds himself investigating the situation. When everyone in town assumes that Thomas atte Bridge has committed suicide, Hugh is not so sure upon investigation. Though atte Bridge was an enemy, Hugh finds himself in the middle of a suspicious situation when he finds clues that lead him to believe that Thomas was murdered. W ...more
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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 gra ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (10 books)
  • The Unquiet Bones (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #1)
  • A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #2)
  • A Trail of Ink (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #3)
  • The Tainted Coin (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #5)
  • Rest Not in Peace (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #6)
  • The Abbot's Agreement (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #7)
  • Ashes to Ashes (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #8)
  • Lucifer's Harvest (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #9)
  • Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #10)

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