The Tainted Coin: The Fifth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Tainted Coin A further well-crafted slice of medieval sleuthing from the bailiff and surgeon of Bampton, near Oxford.
- Published: 03 December 2012
- Format: Paperback 240 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780857212504 ISBN 10: 0857212508
- Sales rank: 69,830
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Reviews for The Tainted Coin
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A Great Read!
This was my first time reading a book by Melvin Starr so I was a little skeptical at first if the book would be all that I hoped it would be. I love historical fiction and mysteries so when I come across a book the marries the two together I set the bar very high. Luckily for me this one turned out to be exactly what I wanted.
The story focuses on Master Hugh de Singleton, who is a bailiff and surgeon in Bampton in the year 1367 and centers around a murder that takes place in his jurisdiction one autumn day when a man lays dead and he has to bring the culprits to justice. He just has to find out who they are and why they killed the victim
Melvin Starr created a likable hero in Master Hugh, one that I'm not likely to forget. I enjoyed his character immensely because he was neither too pretentious like some sleuths can be and he wasn't a pushover either. He had a great sense of right and wrong and I loved how much Hugh loved his wife Kate and their baby girl Bessie. He had a strong moral compass and I respected the fact that because of circumstances brought on by the murder case that he was willing to resign from his post as Bailiff in order to help a man who is unjustly punished and condemned to death.
I thought that the way that the story of The Tainted Coin was told in a wonderful way. The author did an outstanding job with the writing. I love the amount of detail that went into creating an authentic setting for the novel and I could tell the author has a great love for the time period because you can tell everything was constructed with the utmost care resulting in a fantastically realistic story in a time long ago past.
The drama, characters, plot, and the historical details and use of words and descriptions were wonderful once they were all pieced together and I'm very glad I gave this novel a chance. While this novel is the fifth novel in the Hugh de Singleton series I had no trouble following the story line and this can absolutely be read as a standalone.
The story kept me guessing and the author threw in enough twists and turns to keep me on my toes and keep me intrigued and I loved that while the novel had a fair amount of intrigue and action it still remained what I would consider a cozy mystery.
Overall, I was impressed with this novel and cannot wait to read the other books in the series! All of the preceding novels have been added to my wish list and I highly recommend this book to everyone! If you like historical mysteries this might just be the perfect read for you.
* I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not compensated in anyway to give a positive review and all thoughts and opinions herein are my own. by Kimberly Roy