Another great Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton novel: "Deeds of Darkness"

Deeds of Darkness

Master Hugh de Singleton, bailiff and surgeon extraordinaire, is summoned to investigate the disappearance of his friend Hubert Shillside, Brampton's coroner. Hubert had embarked on a trip to Oxford, but never returned. Hugh's investigation soon leads to a body, stabbed and left to rot in the woods, but not the body of the man he was looking for. As reports of attacks and pillaging mount, Hugh must discern whether these are random acts of violence, or if something more sinister is occurring.

Each novel in the "Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton" series that has been released has proven to be thoroughly entertaining, and "Deeds of Darkness" certainly fits that description! I greatly enjoyed reconnecting with Hugh and watching him at work in the fascinating medieval period of time the novel is set in, the year of 1371. As with prior novels, Starr has created an authentic feel to the story such that I felt like I was truly immersed in the time period and watching the drama unfold through Hugh's eyes. The suspense builds steadily throughout the novel as Starr leads readers on a journey to discover who the attackers and murders are. The pacing of the writing is spot on, and my attention did not waver for a moment until the final pages of the novel. And in the midst of watching Hugh figure out the mystery, I certainly appreciate that Hugh's faith remains at the forefront of all he does. There is a lesson in there for all of us.

Historical mysteries just don't get better than this! Readers who have already become enamoured with Hugh's adventures will no doubt love this story, while readers who haven't yet had the pleasure of picking up a Starr novel will find much to love here. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Lion Fiction, and Kregel blog tour services, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

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