In the fourth chronicle in the Hugh de Singleton series, Unhallowed Ground, Master Hugh is called when the area’s bully is found hanging from a tree of an apparent suicide. He is unceremoniously buried without the benefit of church as befits one who takes ones own life, but there are clues that his death may not have been of his own choice. Author, Mel Starr takes the Bailiff of Bampton on another journey to find a murderer, however, the victim this time is one that very many of Master Hugh’s friends are not too unhappy to see underground. Hugh has some help as he has someone else to bounce his theories off of. If you’ve read the other novels you’ll like this!
Set in the fourteenth century these murder mysteries offer none of the glitz and bling of modern murder investigations…nor the speed. What they do provide is a good story, lots of mystery and perhaps a glimpse of what it might have been like to have been alive and a detective 600 or so years ago. I have always enjoyed this series and was again not disappointed.