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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
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 19th 2010 by Monarch Books (first published October 23rd 2009)
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Ceren Ünlü
Oct 22, 2012 Ceren Ünlü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annet
Jun 09, 2014 Annet rated it liked it
Shelves: history
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.
Susan in NC
Feb 29, 2016 Susan in NC rated it liked it
3.5-4 stars - I am a big fan of historical mystery series, and this may become a new favorite. I read the first book in the series, "The Unquiet Bones", several years ago and enjoyed the characters, especially young surgeon Hugh de Singleton but thought the pacing was a bit slow. A GR friend reviewed a more recent installment which prompted me to seek out book two to see what I've been missing (Thanks, Judy!)

Hugh is very engaging - young, still unsure of himself in his role as bailiff at Bampton
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Jasmyn
Dec 28, 2012 Jasmyn rated it liked it
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
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Karen Brooks
Mar 10, 2013 Karen Brooks rated it really liked it
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
Ruth
Dec 03, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
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
Feb 16, 2015 Barış Erdem rated it liked it
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.
Donna Mcginnis
May 07, 2016 Donna Mcginnis rated it really liked it
Mel Starr has created an intriguing historic medieval murder mystery set in 1365 in 14th century Britain. His research and writing style and attention to detail puts you right into the story, the location, medieval life and medicine with great characters. Mr Starr has included a Glossary that pertains to medieval times that was very helpful.
The main character is Master Hubert de Singleton , surgeon and bailiff at Bampton Manor. He has been assigned to investigate the murder of Alan the beadle o
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Shannon
Feb 01, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary
Dec 22, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
"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
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dOnnabud
Jul 27, 2016 dOnnabud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another exceptionally enlightening, twisted tale set in medieval england. the insights into medieval life are tangible and meaningful - and the mystery to be solved, intriguing and complex. some favorite passages:
"There are many paths in life which, when chosen, seem broad, smooth, and bright. But after we have traveled down them too far to turn back they become dark, rough and twisted. We are left with no choice to but to continue, to make our way as best we can through the snarls and hope for
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Anne Rightler
Feb 26, 2015 Anne Rightler rated it it was amazing
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
Amy
Mar 31, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Nancee
Apr 19, 2015 Nancee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancee by: quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net
"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
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John Lee
Feb 22, 2016 John Lee rated it really liked it
My second of Hugh de Singleton's adventures as Bailiff to Lord Gilbert's estate at Bampton.

As I may have said after reading the debut novel of the series, I enjoy the author's light and informative style of writing and dropping snippets of information into the stories. I have never been told (even in history lessons at school) that a commoner had a right to carry home as much straw as he could get on his scythe at the end of a days cutting.

I think that I enjoy these stories because they seem to
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Deanna Stevens
Jan 18, 2015 Deanna Stevens rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-list
"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
Jun 27, 2011 Leslie Slutz rated it liked it
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.
Sharon
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
Mar 25, 2015 Carrie Gould rated it really liked it
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
Kimberly
Nov 06, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Hugh de Singleton series. I did not read the first one but I did not feel lost in the least.

In this book there a few different mysteries. The beadle, the one that maintains curfew, died at St. Andrew's Chapel. Some believe that he was killed by a wolf but not Hugh. Other mysteries appear but Hugh is able to handle them with his investigative skills.

The color of the village comes through in the descriptions that are used by Mel Starr, including the medicinal herbs
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Kimberly
Nov 06, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Hugh de Singleton series. I did not read the first one but I did not feel lost in the least.

In this book there a few different mysteries. The beadle, the one that maintains curfew, died at St. Andrew's Chapel. Some believe that he was killed by a wolf but not Hugh. Other mysteries appear but Hugh is able to handle them with his investigative skills.

The color of the village comes through in the descriptions that are used by Mel Starr, including the medicinal herbs
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Kathy
Jun 10, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
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
Brett
Jan 10, 2015 Brett rated it it was ok
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
Alison Dellit
The details of village life here are intriguing - the character portraits are pretty flat, but the picture of the relationships between them are not. Having said that, the initial charms of the first book, the detailed explanation of the life of a surgeon, have started to drop away, to the books detriment. Nor is the slack picked up by the plot - which is so easily guessed that the author points out overtly how the surgeon misses things. The self-deprecation adds to the charms of our bailiff-sur ...more
Victoria Brinius
Mar 12, 2015 Victoria Brinius rated it it was amazing
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
ChrisGA
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.
The mys
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Bethany Marks
Dec 29, 2015 Bethany Marks rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-fun-club, own-it
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.
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Cindy
Jan 18, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it

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
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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
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Rebecca
Jul 12, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
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
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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 (8 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 (Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles #7)
  • Ashes to Ashes (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #8)

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