Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr

02_The Unquiet Bones CoverPublication Date: November 27, 2014

Lion Fiction

Paperback; 256p

ISBN: 978-1-78264-030-1

Series: The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, he feels no real calling-despite his lively faith-and he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris and then hanging his sign in Oxford. Soon after, a local lord asks Hugh de Singleton to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspool. Through his medical knowledge, Singleton identifies her as the impetuous missing daughter of a local blacksmith. The young man she loved-whom she had provoked very publicly-is quickly arrested and sentenced at Oxford. But this is just the beginning of the tale. The story of Singleton's adventure unfolds with realistic medical procedures, droll medieval wit, romantic distractions, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion.

My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
I was a little surprised that I liked this book so much, but it really was an entertaining read.  I personally like when authors are able to juggle different aspects of a story and do they do it well.  Mel Starr presents a rich historical/ mystery.  There were different elements of the story that worked out well.  Hugh of Singleton was a great character and I really enjoyed reading about him. To me this was like a historical forensics. I thought the writing was good and the pacing of the story was successful.  Anyone that likes history, mysteries and the historical aspect of medicine will really enjoy this story.

Praise for The Unquiet Bones

“This skilfully woven story is a delight to read. The setting is exceptionally well crafted. Highly recommended.” —Davis Bunn, best-selling author

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About the Author03_Mel Starr Author

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, 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 grandchildren.

For more information please visit Mel Starr's website.

The Unquiet Bones Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 1

Review at Carpe Librum

Wednesday, December 10

Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee

Thursday, December 18

Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession

Friday, December 19

Spotlight & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus More

Saturday, December 20

Review at Book Nerd

Monday, December 22

Review at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, December 26

Spotlight at Layered Pages

Monday, December 29

Review at A Book Geek

Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, December 30

Review at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews

Review & Giveaway at Words and Peace

Wednesday, December 31

Review at Beth's Book Nook Blog

Friday, January 2

Review & Giveaway at Luxury Reading

Spotlight at A Literary Vacation

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