Book Review: The Abbot's Agreement


The Abbot's Agreement
The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon
By Mel Starr

"My life would have been more tranquil had I not seen the birds. Whatever it was they had found lay in the shadow of the oak so I was nearly upon the thing before I recognized what they were feating upon. The corpse wore black."

Master Hugh is making his way towards Oxford when he discovers the young Benedictine - a fresh body barefoot.  The nearby abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity" John, one of the three novices. He had gone missing four days previously and his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area but this was not the cause of death the lad has been stabbed. To Hugh's sinking heart the abbot commissions him to investigate. 

Mel Starr is an authority on medieval surgery and medieval English. Author of the popular Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton he lives in Michigan. I've actually read his book Rest not in Peace

Most days I'm a fan of romances, but sometimes you just need a murder mystery to read. The Abbot's Agreement filled that void. I love the medieval setting and the investigator is a great character. If you like The Advent of Murder you'd like this book. 

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