Title: Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)
Author: Mel Starr
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Master Hugh de Singleton now narrates his tenth chronicle for readers. Once again, readers are transported to the village of Brampton, England in the 14th century. Hugh is tasked once again with solving a murder in his role as bailiff for Lord Gilbert. This time murder visits someone Hugh knows from the village, someone he has worked with before.
In searching for clues, Hugh must make many trips to Oxford as well as a local abbey. More and more thefts are begin committed in the area, as well as murder. Hugh chases down clues related to a group of well-dressed young gentlemen as well as a group of poorly clad scholars or priests in ragged black robes. Are either group connected to the crimes, or is there another criminal at work yet to be discovered?
In addition, Hugh visits his father-in-law while in Oxford and discovers him close to death and his shop making no money. He has also recently been robbed of the few books he might have sold. Hugh decides to bring his father-in-law to Galen House where he might live his last days. Once under Hugh’s roof and Kate’s good cooking, his father-in-law sees an immediate improvement in his health. The three of them hash out the information related to the various crimes, which helps Hugh’s thinking process.
I so enjoy visiting Hugh and the familiar cast of characters who aid in his crime solving. I like reading about the food eaten and clothes worn during that time as well as how difficult it was to survive in that time. The observations of human nature, subtle humorous jabs, and words of wisdom were quite often true. The glossary and map at the beginning of the story was also helpful. Hugh has matured since his first chronicle. He has learned to hold his temper better and control his tongue more. The next book in the series is titled, Prince Edward’s Warrant. I am already anxiously awaiting a trip to the 1300s English countryside!
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