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The Unquiet Bones (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #1)

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Fate brings Hugh de Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight in Wyclif's England, some very good fortune. Newly trained as a surgeon, he was looking from his Oxford window when he saw Lord Gilbert being kicked by his groom's horse. Hugh's successful treatm
Hardcover, Large Print, 350 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Center Point (first published January 1st 2008)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3* of five

This was an agreeable little mystery. I went with the author to fourteenth century Oxford and Bampton, visiting an England pretty well mapped in fiction by now. Still and all, Mr. Starr's characters made agreeable traveling companions, and his plot kept me interested.

A university trained surgeon goes to set up practice in a small English country village because he accidentally helps the Lord of said village when he suffers a minor injury in Oxford. A murder takes place, and Hug
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Scargosun
I found it odd that this book was supposed to be in the 'religious fiction' section when I went looking for it. It was recommended to me because I am a fan of the Matthew Shardlake series by CJ Sansom. I thought it was just historical fiction. I bought it anyway even though I am not a fan of organized religion to say the least. The book has some strong religious overtones but it does not overshadow the the story as a whole which I think can be difficult but the author does it well.

The story fol
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Alana White
Jun 09, 2014 Alana White rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Medieval Enthusiasts
An entertaining historical mystery set in fourteenth-century England, "The Unquiet Bones" by Mel Starr introduces Hugh de Singleton, the fourth and last son of a minor knight from the country of Lancashire, who, while attending Oxford, decides that rather than law, he will move to Paris and study surgery. And so it is as a surgeon he is called to tend to his patient, Lord Gilbert, lord of Bampton Castle. Impressed by Hugh's skills, Gilbert asks him to look in on two villeins who need care, and t ...more
★ ßurçακ ★
Okuduğum ilk orta çağda geçen polisiyeydi. Cerrahlık yapan kahramanız Hugh, Lord'un emriyle kalenin tuvalet çukurunda bulunan kemiklerin sahibini ve suçluyu bulmakla görevlendirilir. Araştırmalar yaparken başka cinayete kurban gitmiş iki adam bulur ve bu 3 cinayetin birbiriyle bağlantılı olduğunu düşünerek araştırmalarına başlar.

Günlük gibi bi kitap olduğu için doktor işini yaparken bayağı tıp yöntemi anlatıyor ilgimi çekti eski yöntemler değişikmiş :) Kitap sıkmıyor akıcıydı. Ve belirtmek istiy
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Karen Brooks
What a wonderful surprise this tightly written, historically very accurate and beautifully paced book turned out to be. This novel, set in the 1300s, follows the career of Hugh of Singleton, the youngest son of a knight who, while at university, discovers his calling is surgery. Setting up practice in Oxford, he is soon lured to the small town of Bamford and into the service of local lord, who asks him to track down the killer of a young woman whose body is found in the castle privy.
Unwilling a
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Annie
I found myself easily picking up series after series the last couple months, I wonder whether 'tis to do with the deprivation of reading for the months prior. Maybe they are down to my own neglect for other activities but nevertheless I have stopped a good while before I picked up the books again.

And series are just so handy on the Kindle, only one click away... sigh...

But I think my Anglophile (better yet, Brittophile, which isn't a word but should be) tendency is increasing these days, having
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Barb
I'd been looking forward to reading this for a while. It was hard to find a copy locally; I finally got my hands on an ILL through my library.

I was a bit disappointed in the story as a whole, the mystery wasn't very complicated and there wasn't much in the way of character development. The protagonist seems to stumble on to the truth a bit too easily for my tastes and the overall feel to the book is light and fluffy. I am certain I will remember very little of this a year from now.

I like a lot o
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Laura
I love historical fiction and mysteries. This book about Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, who also is busy trying to solve a murder for Lord Gilbert. The story opens with Master Hugh learning his trade and eventually moving to Bampton. Here bones are found and he begins to search not only for the killer, but the identity of the body. The story has many interesting twists and turns. A good story that I couldn't figure out the ending. I will be reading the second book.
Michele
I would probably have liked this better if the author had not re-created a medieval world and then added in his (the author's) diatribe against asking for intercession of the saints. It stood out wildly from the fabric of the story and added nothing to the character or the plot. It looked suspiciously like a sop thrown to Protestant readers.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - in fact, I could hardly put it down. It is an easy and enjoyable read (I often feel that people, these days, forget that reading should, on the whole, be a pleasure and not some highly pseudo-intellectual and mis-imagined "spiritual" experience). The hero, Hugh de Singleton, is a likeable lad; a young surgeon newly embarked on his career, full of the uncertainties and humility that a good and skilled man will have (more aware of what he doesn't know than struttin ...more
Theresa
What do you read after Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers?

Melvin Starr, of course!

I found this book by accident. Actually, the librarian recommended it to me... after mistakenly answering my query (for another book) with this author.

"The Unquiet Bones" kept my interest, and was a fast read. Even though I had to use the glossary several times to discover what this or that term meant during my reading, I found that, rather than being annoying (having to interrupt my reading so often to look these
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Spuddie
First in a historical series set in and around Bampton, UK in the 1360's. The country is still feeling the effects of the devastation left by the Black Death that coursed its way through two decades previously. Surgeon Hugh de Singleton is trying to make ends meet in Oxford but finding the going difficult when he is offered a position in Bampton by the Lord of the castle there. Not long after his arrival, a set of bones are found when the serfs are cleaning out the privy pit, first believed to b ...more
Tiff
I'm close to giving this book one star. It was a good effort, the premise was good and although the story began with a lot of "telling" rather than showing, it did get better. I didn't realize when I purchased the ebook that it had so much religious connotation, I found it distracting but bearable. The story could have been fleshed out much more fully, another hundred pages or so and the content needed a lot of editing.

What really took away from the book were the constant typos and errors. A go
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Kat
Mneh.

As a student in the history of medicine and palaeopathology, I'm not really the target audience for this book. The things Starr wanted to go into detail about I already knew, whereas other bits that I thought he should explain were glanced over (the difference between a doctor and a surgeon for example). I think it's very obvious that this is an academic who has learnt to write as opposed to a writer who has researched medieval England. I think because of that, Hugh spends a lot of the plot
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Annet
I enjoyed this book. After Child of God by Cormac McCarthy (brilliant, but rather confronting) I selected this one next, purposely. A Medieval story, easy to read, quite good in drawing the atmosphere and environment of those historic times, the crime story in it is pretty predictable, but still. I enjoyed it. 3.5 stars, rounded off to 4 because this was just the right book at the right time for me. And I love history books (from when I was young :-)) Will look for the 2nd one in this series soo ...more
Jim
A very interesting mystery set in 14th century England. This isn't one for those entertained by gore or the thrill a minute style of some writers. It is slower paced and takes you into the life of that time. The writer has included a glossary of terms common to that time and I found myself referring to it quite often. This is a nice treat for those who like both the historical novel and the thoughtful mystery.
Susan
This was an enjoyable first outing with the Hugh de Singleton series; he's a likeable hero struggling to make a living after training as a surgeon in 14th century Oxford. He strikes lucky when he treats an injured nobleman after a fall from his horse - Lord Gilbert offers Hugh a home and chance to practice in the village of Bampton. Hugh is soon involved in the mystery surrounding the discovery of bones at Lord Gilbert's castle.

It's an interesting premise and Starr gives us likeable, if not over
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Tracy
My sort of book, a good read but no where near as good as C.J Samson for medieval murder mystery. Saying that I'll probably read the second in the series though as its was an easy read
Mitch McCrimmon
This sounded like a good read and I wanted to like it but couldn't get past about 10% or less. The long intro on how the main character got started in his profession was boring to me. Would have preferred action earlier, but the killer blow was when the protagonist entering a small town asks: "Do all small English towns have a High Street?" Well, that's a question an American tourist would ask, not a 14th century Englishman. Then in the next paragraph he notes that his arrival is creating a lot ...more
Kim
I LOVED this book! Very intriguing info about medieval life and medicine. I am definitely reading the next in the series.
Helena
Slecht vertaald of slecht geschreven? Ik ben niet kapot van dit boek hoewel ik toch graag over de middeleeuwen lees. Misschien omdat de research er te dik bovenop lag? Omdat met grote regelmaat nogal "uitleggerig" geschreven werd? Omdat dingen die al duidelijk waren voor de zekerheid nog eens herhaald werden of simpelweg door de vele kromme zinnen?
Misschien ook wel door de iets te brave toonzetting gedurende het boek - alsof het door een jong en lichtelijk naïef meisje werd verteld.
Jammer want
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Helen Flynn
THIS IS MY UNCLE'S BOOK!!! WHOO!!
Cate
This book is the first in a series, The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, and if this one is anything to judge the rest by it promises to be an intriguing and interesting set of books.

Unlike most cozy mysteries that are set in Bake Shops, Quilting Clubs or just centred around folks that enjoy unravelling a good mystery, this one is set in medieval England. The main protagonist is a four son, and as befitting the times is having to make his own way in the world, with death of his three ol
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Kelly
When I first opened Mel Starr's The Unquiet Bones I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I had never seen an ancient prostheses. I'll tell you, THAT is by far one of the coolest covers I have ever seen. I was a bit concerned when I opened the book and saw a fairly extensive Glossary. My concern was that I was going to be turning back and forth from the story to the glossary throughout the book. I have never quite known how to handle a glossary. Do I read it first, or do I just dive into the st ...more
Dawn
In 1361, Hugh de Singleton reads a book a school friend who has died has left to him. The book is called "Surgery," and Hugh is so moved by it that his life is changed. He decides to become a surgeon.

Today, surgeons are wealthy and well-considered by society. But in this book, in the late 1300s, surgeons are not regarded highly. The separation of classes is inserted seamlessly into the story, and I was glad for Hugh's good treatment despite his lack of land or title (though he finds himself addi
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Ruth
c2008. The star rating in my head was a bit like a roller coaster for this book. It took me a couple of pages to get used to the cadence of the sentences and the archaic language used. Then I started to get into it and settled down to get to know the character. The mystery and resolution, is, admittedly a little thin but then I think that the author's intention was more to set up the character, period and thought processes more than concentrating on the crime. There were a lot of "I did"s, "I sa ...more
Tracey Alley
Absolutely brilliant! I came across this wonderful novel by accident at a recent book fair and picked it up on a whim. I am so glad I did. I read only a small amount of historical novels mainly because I'm an historian myself and it annoys me if writer's have not done their research on whatever period they're writing about. Mr. Starr has definitely done his research. The medieval world he portrays is filled with accuracy and so well written that the reader is soon lost in that world.

His doctor
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HÜLYA
Huzursuz Kemikler-Melvin R.Starr Tarihi kitapları çok severek okumuşumdur üstüne de polisiye macerayı eklediğiniz zaman tadından yenmez olur.. 14.Yüzyıl İngiltre'sinde geçen bir dizi cinayeti çözülmesi Çiçeği burnunda cerrahımız Hugh de Sİngleton'un üzerine kalmıştı.. Hayat tesadüflerle doludur.Bampton köyünün sahibi Lord Gilbert ilede çok ilginç bir şekilde tanıştı..Bir dizi olaylar sonucunda kendisini bir anda köyün cerrahı sonrada sağ kolu olarak buldu..Başka bir göreve daha soyunacaktı:)) De ...more
Jerelyn
I finished this today and I have had it on my wish list for nearly a year I splurges on a few books The Unquite Bones being one of them, and I enjoyed it very much. It takes place in England in the 14th century. Hugh de Singleton is a student at Oxford and through some soul searching, and the death of a dear friend of the plague he goes to Paris to study to become a surgeon. On his return he hangs out his shingle so to speak in Oxford. This is where he meets his destiny and his patron. He moves ...more
anna
I wish I had read this novel before the 2nd (sadly it was not available for loan at the time). In my opinion it was far better than 'A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel' which follows it.

For starters, it was interesting learning something about Hugh's life and background before he came to Bampton, and his motivation to become a surgeon. His initial struggles to find work and his place in the world seem in a way relatable.
As expected, Hugh is initially reluctant to investigate the matter of the bone
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From Mel's website:
Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Spring Arbor High School in 1960, and Greenville College (Illinois) in 1964. He received 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 studi
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