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A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, Book 2
By: Mel Starr
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A further episode in the Unquiet Bones series, following the life and fortunes of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in medieval Bampton, Oxfordshire

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 not returned home, his young wife Matilda had sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor. Two days later Alan’s corpse was discovered in the hedge, at the side of the track to St. Andrew’s Chapel. His throat had been torn out - his head was half severed from his body - and his face, hands, and forearms were lacerated with deep scratches.

Master Hugh, meeting Hubert the coroner at the scene, listened carefully to the coroner’s surmise that a wolf had caused the great wound. And yet, if so, why was there no blood?

©2013 Mel Starr (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Old school but old favouriite!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Some might say ponderous but what do they know.

A purity and charm rarely found.

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Bedtime story

It took me a number of weeks to get through the book. It was to me a bedroom book, one you read befor going to sleep. The pace is slow and can get a bit hard to follow. For all the hard work put into creating a story, and then the solution is so weak.

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  • Wild Horses Flying
  • 25-07-2020

Good

Light on plot but the writing is beautiful; and in the softer old language -- not sharp and to the point as modern English has become. It is very interesting historically without being so historically dense it weighs everything down. The telling of the story is gentle, the narrator's voice is deep but gentle even though some harsh things happen. But it isn't just wimpy sweet. When bad things happen there's passion and intensity and warmth in the happy things. The underlying even keel, for me, isn't boring but balanced, showing good and bad are part of life -- the tone is more contemplative, thoughtful, peaceful. The writing and attitude bring so much depth that the slow plot isn't boring -- for me anyway.

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  • Jamie Frasier
  • 07-04-2020

Wonderful series

Really wonderful books. No foul language or sex, etc. Historically accurate and interesting. I really like Susanna Gregory’s Bartholomew, but these are better.

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  • The Curator
  • 01-02-2020

Unchallenging but entertaining

This is the second in this series. So far they’re fairly straightforward fun and that’s what I want from a book.
This one is based on murder, poaching and the rather hapless main character falling in love for the 20th time in 2 books.

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  • Phil
  • 14-08-2020

NIce book but ...

I enjoyed the first book in the series, primarily because if you managed to forget the time shift and bearing in mind it's read by Steven Crossley, one can easily forget it's not a story about Matthew Shardlake. What's not to like?

This second book, although lovely to listen to and thoroughly enjoyable, is not exactly overflowing with a complex mystery. It left me wondering if I will buy the next in the series.

For such a great stylistic writer why on Earth such a poor plot? Such a shame.

Just noticed his books seem to get shorter after this. I think not - time to move on.



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  • cyndy foard
  • 05-08-2020

a corpse

loved it. simple but lovely storyline
not too complicated to follow and I love the ending
definitely worth a listen can't wait for the next one.
Steven crossley is one of my favourite narrators

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  • Pam Herbert
  • 07-06-2020

A gentle whodunnit

A mediaeval murder mystery, set in rural England - pace is slow & gentle.

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  • 匿名
  • 20-04-2020

Enjoying

Really enjoyed this 2nd book as well as the 1st in this series, am now hooked and looking forward to hearing the rest