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Unhallowed Ground

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

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  908 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Another brilliant slice of medieval crime fiction 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 send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the pries
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Paperback, 239 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Monarch Books (first published October 21st 2011)
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Annet
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Karen Brooks
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Susan in NC
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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Amy Samin
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better.
Anietta
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Deb Jones
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I've enjoyed each of the first three books in the Hugh de Singleton series, I found this one to be my favorite so far. Singleton finds himself facing a moral dilemma in his role as Bampton's bailiff.
Susanne
This fourth book (and the second one I've read) starts with the mysterious hanging of the much-disliked Thomas atte Bridge. Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff to Lord Gilbert, is soon convinced that this death was no suicide; it was murder. He is charged by the grieving widow to discover the murderer. Yet with Thomas atte Bridge being universally hated throughout the village, there are too many suspects to consider. Master Hugh is also newly married, and he and his wife of three month ...more
John Lee
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My 4th in the very readable series centred on the life of Hugh-de-Singleton , surgeon and bailiff to Lord Gilbert.

Hugh is now married and it seems that his wife , Kate, has a sharp eye too for they find a couple of clues at the site of a death that convince them that the verdict of suicide given on the town's rogue and bully was incorrect.

As bailiff it is Hugh's duty to uncover the murderer even though most in the town are pleased by the death and many have serious personal grievances against th
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dOnnabud lewis
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Hugh de Singleton series is one of my favorites. Not only does Mel Starr effectively weave intrigue and characters with depth into his plot, he also reveals fascinating insights into Medieval English life. His period-specific perspectives on medicine and surgical techniques, social mores and religion, gender and class are mind-expanding.
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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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Bailey
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 03, 2012 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 i
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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 is
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Brenda
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it
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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 G.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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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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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The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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