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A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #2)

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Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had stillnot returned home, his young wife Matilda sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor.

Two days later Alan's corpse is discovered in the hedge, at the side of the track to St. Andrew's Chapel. His throat ha
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 19th 2010 by Monarch Books (first published October 23rd 2009)
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Melvin R. Starr'ın yazdığı Cerrah Hugh de Singleton'un ''ikinci'' günlüğü CESEDİN ŞİFRESİ okundu, bitti.
Kitabı büyük bir keyifle okudum. Karakterler gerçekçi, kurgu nefes kesiciydi. Kitabın geçtiği dönem (1300'lü yıllar) çok iyi betimlenmişti. Ve diyebilirim ki, yazar gerçekten yüreği ile yazıyor. Esrarengiz bir olayı çok iyi kurmuş, başarıyla çözmüş. :))
Beni bir polisiye romanı olarak en çok etkileyen kısım ise olayların geçtiği dönem. Hugh bir mübaşir olarak katilleri bulmakla görevli, aynı za
3.5 stars for this 2nd chronicle of Hugh de Singleton. I liked the first book a bit better, because it told more about the life and background of Master Hugh, leading up to a crime story. This one plunges right into a medieval crime mystery. All in all, quite a nice book to read.
This is a murder mystery set in the small area of Bampton in old England. We follow our detective, Mast Hugh de Singleton, as he tries to solve the case of a brutal murder. A man has been found with his throat slashed in the bushes near the road leading to St. Andrew's Chapel. While investigating the murder, he uncovers an unusual trail of related crimes that leads to quite a stunning conclusion.

While I was able to guess several of the details before they were explained by Hugh. However, as the
Karen Brooks
The second book in Starr’s series about Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff for Lord Gilbert Talbot, centres on solving the murder of the beadle of Bampton, Alan. Found outside St Andrew’s Chapel, Alan has had his throat ripped out and mysterious marks on his body. The coroner decides it was a wolf that killed him. Hugh, of course, isn’t convinced and so sets out to discover just who or what took the beadle’s life. Only, his investigations put his own at risk and, when he’s attacked late one ...more
c2009.Such a sweet little book made enjoyable because of the historical details. The crime is secondary to the life of the various classes in medieval England. Lovely details of the meals eaten and the reasons for the various components. However, the best things about this book is the wry, dry and subtle humour that consistently weaves through the chapters. FWFTB: beadle, curfew, surgeon, severed, wolf. FCN: Master Hugh de Singleton, Thomas atte Bridge, John Kellet, Lord Gilbert (in absentia but ...more
Barış Erdem
Oldukça anlaşılır bir dilde yazılmış rahat okunabilen bir kitap.Ancak hikaye çok yavaş ilerliyor ve olaylar sonunda pek de insanı şaşırtmayacak şekilde bir çırpıda çözülüyor.Yazarın bir potansiyeli var, çok daha gizemli ve etkileyici yazabilir diye düşünüyorum ama bu kitabı beni pek tatmin etmedi.
This author is new to me and I wasn't sure what to expect, but must say I was pleasantly surprised. This is the second book in the series "The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton" but is a great stand alone read...up until the last chapter! I don't enjoy books that leave you hanging but can see where the ending is leading into book three. Very effective writing. I am hooked.

This mystery, filled with an interesting bunch of characters, where things aren't as they seem to be, is written in 1365, begi
"A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel" is book 2 of "The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon." It stands alone perfectly. I didn't even know it was book two until after I had finished reading it.
My favorite genre to read is mystery or suspense. I had a few doubts about this book when I realized it was set in 1365, had a five page glossary and contained a map! So, despite feeling a bit intimidated, I got started. And I enjoyed the book! Author Mel Starr grabbed my attention right off the bat, a
Anne Rightler
A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel is an intriguing mystery set in a 14th century manor. Mel Starr has given his readers a second in a series book featuring Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of a medieval manor. Even though part of a series, it reads well as a stand alone. There are occasional references to the storyline of the first book but they are not distracting to the current storyline. Murders, comely maidens and May Day celebrations all culminate in a somewhat predictable ending. ...more
A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel by Mel Starr is not my usual read. However the synopsis intrigued me and I became very invested in the story and connected with the main character. Sir Hugh, not only a surgeon but also the bailiff for his lord’s land, is trying to keep the castle and grounds running smoothly while the lord is away. A strange murder has taken place under his watch and some of the peasants believe it was a wolf. Sir Hugh is not convinced as there is not much blood and the man’s sho ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Nancee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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"A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel is an indepth medieval mystery. The author has researched his subject matter thoroughly, and follows this time period very effectively. A glossary of terms pertaining to medieval times is given at the beginning of this novel in order for the reader to become acquainted with detailing that is an integral part of the story.

Mr. Starr has depicted his characters with depth and relatable personalities. Very pictorial views of the castle, the chapel and surrounding lan
Bethany Marks
A perfect blend of English bucolic ease and murder village-style drama, A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel is second in a series about Hugh de Singleton, a surgeon and bailiff of Lord Gilbert Talbot’s manor at Bampton.

Hugh has several mysteries to solve. First the beadle, who maintains curfew, among other things, died during the night along the path to St. Andrew’s Chapel. But, the plot thickens. Andrew was not killed by a wolf, Hugh suspects, although plenty of evidence points to that resolution.
This well-told mystery is perhaps more slowly paced than a modern thriller, but all of life moved more slowly in the 14th century and the sense of time and place are a major part of the attraction of this series. Surgeon and bailiff Hugh de Singleton follows Henry de Mondeville in his surgery (allowing for more modern medical practice than typical of the era) and Master John Wycliffe at Oxford (giving him a proto-Protestant theology.) Both Henry and Wycliffe are historical personages. Master Joh ...more
Deanna Stevens
"A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel" is Mel Starr's second novel in his Hugh de Singleton series. Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of Bampton Manor tells the story of the mysterious death of Alan the Beadle and how he goes about solving his untimely death. I enjoyed the story as Master Hugh goes about looking for clues in the most unlikely of places. When his chief suspect is found murdered his investigation must take a different direction. I enjoyed the words and actions of the charact ...more
Leslie Slutz
I enjoy the medieval era and that certainly applies to this novel. The prose is so well done without being stiff or stilted - wonderful use of vocabulary. Will definitely look for his other books.
Once again, the medieval sleuth (bailiff/surgeon) charmingly finds his criminal, saving lives and philosophizing along the way. Fantastic how historically accurate and realistic this series is.
Carrie Gould
I enjoyed this book by Mel Starr, which is the second in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, but reads well as a stand alone. This is a well written medieval historical fiction work about a surgeon and bailiff, Hugh, who is charged with solving the murder of Alan the Beadle. The case is complicated by the presence of a couple different suspects one of which is also murdered. I loved the characters of this story. I enjoyed the reference to John Wycliffe and his writings and beliefs. I look forwa ...more
I have decided not to read additional books in this series as the writing is not appealing to me for a few reasons. I wanted to like these books due to era, place and potential drama, but cannot invest more time hoping the writing will improve as I go along. The sentences are generally short, yielding choppy action and a stilted unreeling of the plot. Then there is the important lack of wit...a big component for me when it comes to following an author. The main character is certainly not heroic ...more
Hugh de Singleton is an interesting character, and after finishing Unquiet Bones (the first in the series), I was intrigued to see what he would do next. This was a disappointing follow-up to the first book, however, mainly because the plot drags along very slowly. Essentially nothing happens for the middle 80% of the book, other than Hugh travelling hither and yon looking for clues and finding very little. None of the gripping twists and turns of plot one would hope for in this genre. Not a ter ...more
Victoria Brinius
I love this series. It never ceases to amaze me how Hugh solves the cases in a time long before CSI. The characters are great, and the author has a writing style that makes me feel like I am hearing the report from a detective on the case. I also like that Hugh is somehow connected to the crime scene. The author has studied history and he takes me back in time. I also really like Hugh's sidekick! I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from The Book Club Network Inc., however a ...more
The first thing that struck me as I read this medieval murder mystery is the author’s depth of knowledge of the customs and lives of town residents in the 1360s. The author teaches medieval history, and his command of the subject is evident. I enjoyed the way class attitudes, Wycliff’s writings, medieval medicine and superstitions, and the residual effects of the plague were all worked into the storyline. I was VERY thankful for the glossary provided by author as unfamiliar terms abound.
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Set in 1365, in a small English village, Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff for Lord Gilbert Talbot finds himself in the middle of several mysterious deaths and occurences. A dead beadle (manor officer in charge of curfew and other duties for the Lord) is the trigger to all the mystery that Hugh finds himself in the middle of. It looks like an attack by a wild animal, only there are several things that trigger Hugh's suspicions. The beadles shoes are missing, and he has a caved in spot on hi
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
A body is found. It looks like it's been savaged by an animal, possibly a wolf... only there haven't been wolves around here in ages. And there's other things that don't quite add up. Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff, starts to investigate.
Apart from the first few paragraphs, that I found a bit meandering and pointless (and almost put me off!), I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The process of investigation, whilst carrying on with one's normal duties as a medievil bailiff, was really quite r
This is a light fast book that is about the likeable surgeon and bailiff Hugh de Singleton. Hugh seems to be a forward thinker. He tells you about the procedures he performs while curing various injuries and how his thoughts differ from what was then the norm. It gives the reader a good, but not overbearing, look at the state of medicine at the time. He also tends to wax philosophic about religious matters. It is a rather prevalent theme in the book and he talks about it a lot. He is not preachy ...more
This is the second in the series of Hugh De Singleton. In the first we meet Hugh, a young new surgeon attempting to establish a practice. As luck would have it a landed Lord is injured in front of his building a and Hugh's skills save his leg. Lord Singleton then employs Hugh to be surgeon on his estate. Not long afterward the Lord's baliff dies. Hugh helps solve the identity of some bones found in the castle cesspit. The Lord then insists that Hugh take on the role of Baliff for at least a year ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
A Corpse at St. Andrews Chapel by Mel Starr is the second book in the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series. This mystery picks up shortly after the events of The Unquiet Bones in 1365 as Hugh continues in his role as bailiff for Sir Gilbert of Bampton. His duties lead him to investigate the mysterious death of a beadle. His search soon leads him through many midnight forays, discovering poaching, infidelity, and maybe even love. Starr has written, for me, the perfect mystery. Hugh is a wry, often s ...more
Serpil Kır
Mervin R. Starr // Cesedin Şifresi

Hugh de Singleton’un ikinci günlüğü olan CESEDİN ŞİFRESİ her satırında beni meraktan çatlatıp nihai sona ermeyi başararak bitti….

İlk kitaptan aldığım aynı lezzet ve hafiyelik duygusunu bu kitabın her satırında yine hissetmem, günlüğün üçüncüsünü beklemem de en büyük etken….
Tarzıma uzak olduğunu düşündüğüm her kitap bu aralar nedense hep beni yansıtıyor. Sanırım zamanla birlikte bende değişiyorum…
İlk yorumda da bahsettiğim gibi 1365 li yılların en farklı zamanlar
This is the second book by Mel Starr, with Hugh de Singleton, a surgeon and bailiff in medieval England. When I received the book as part of Early Reviewers, I quickly picked up the first book. The books are considered Christian literature, which is usually not an issue when reading a tale set in a time when God, and religion, played larger roles in the character's lives. Starr does a good job of showing how the religious holidays affected the people of the village. Another reviewer commented on ...more
I think I might be raiding through the series a bit too fast.

But I've learned by now that this series is to be classed as a leisure series and not really meant to be philosophical and thought provoking as the religious undertone sets out to be.

It tries to, but mostly they become one-liners that seem to provoke something but don't run as deep as the witty one-liners that are peppered with dry humour. The latter invoke a giggle, whilst the former makes you ponder only long enough to read the middl
Lisa Johnson
Title: A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel (Hugh de Singleton #2)
Author: Melvin R. Starr
Pages: 300
Year: 2009
Publisher: Monarch Books
This is the second book in the series featuring Hugh de Singleton as the surgeon and mystery solver. The setting is the village of Bampton, also featured in the first book in the series, in the year 1365. It is spring and death has come to the village again. This time the victim is the village beadle, a man in charge of fences, hedges, etc… as well as making sure all i
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (7 books)
  • The Unquiet Bones (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #1)
  • A Trail of Ink (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #3)
  • Unhallowed Ground (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #4)
  • The Tainted Coin (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #5)
  • Rest Not in Peace (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #6)
  • The Abbot's Agreement
The Unquiet Bones (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #1) A Trail of Ink (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #3) Unhallowed Ground (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #4) The Tainted Coin (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #5) Rest Not in Peace (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #6)

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