Mel Starr is an American author best known for his series of books, the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and lived there for most of his life.

Starr went to Greenville College in Illinois before earning his MA in history at Western Michigan University. For a career, he would teach history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years before retiring in 2003. He would publish his first novel, The Unquiet Bones in 2008 and has been publishing novels ever since.

Publication Order of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles Books

The Unquiet Bones(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Trail of Ink(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unhallowed Ground(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tainted Coin(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rest Not in Peace(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Abbot's Agreement(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ashes to Ashes(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lucifer's Harvest(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deeds of Darkness(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prince Edward's Warrant(2018) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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The aforementioned The Unquiet Bones is the first book in the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Chronicles series of books. Starr was a history teacher in his career prior to writing and it really shows in this book. It covers the medieval times with expertise and feels very real. This book involves a mystery as the remains of a young woman are found in the castle and the surgeon is called upon to uncover the truth. The story has plenty of twists and turns that keep the reader guessing, but the characterization of Hugh de Singleton is what keeps readers coming back here.

The second book in the series is A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel and continues the story of Hugh de Singleton. In this one, the beadle of the manor of Bampton goes out at dusk to check on people violating curfew, but when he doesn’t return home his wife contacts Hugh de Singleton for help. When the man’s body is found, ravaged with his head nearly severed, the coroner says that a wolf is responsible. de Singleton isn’t so sure though and begins his investigation. This book is well told and the historical setting is once again expertly researched by Starr.

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