In the seventh book in Mel Starr’s chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon the crime-solving bailiff and surgeon discovers a body as he is traveling to Oxford. Hugh has saved enough money to purchase a copy of a Bible for his library, but the discovery not only the body, but the evidence that the person was murdered may just keep the bailiff away from his expecting wife, home and his desired book. In The Abbot’s Agreement the person’s identity causes the Abbot of the local abbey agrees to have his monks scribe him a copy of the Bible if he’ll agree to stay on and solve the murder. Never one to pass up the opportunity to save some money and solve a crime puts Master Hugh in danger.
As with the novels in this series the crime solving relies on mind power rather than fancy scientific testing. I do find the books in this series very entertaining and this one continues in that great tradition.