Review of Deeds of Darkness: Medieval Mystery and Suspense

Last year I reviewed my first Hugh de Singleton mystery by author Mel Starr. As a history buff, I loved the mystery/suspense story set in the Middle Ages, and I’ve since reviewed another of them. I recently had the chance to review my third- Deeds of Darkness.

Review of Deeds of Darkness, medieval mystery
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About the Book…

Hugh de Singleton is a surgeon and a bailiff for Lord Gilbert Talbot in the little town of Bampton. When Hugh is contacted by the son of the town’s haberdasher who reports his father missing after a journey to Oxford to purchase supplies, Hugh begins looking for what has happened to the man- Hubert Shillside.
Mysteries abound as the case becomes more and more complicated. Not only does Hubert’s body turn up, but there is robbery, thieving and much mayhem happening on the roads between Bampton and Oxford. Hugh becomes caught up in investigating how Hubert’s death and these other incidents may be linked.
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My Thoughts…

I loved Deeds of Darkness as I’ve loved the two previous books by Mel Starr, and I look forward to one day enjoying the entire series. Hugh is a very interesting and likable character. He and other secondary characters are well developed. The story is told in first person from Hugh’s viewpoint, so readers get to know him especially well.
The historical element to the books is one reason I thoroughly enjoy them. They are rich in information about the Middle Ages- about common medical practices, about the church and its place, about lords and tenants and their relationships. There is so much to be learned, and reading it in an excellent historical fiction book like this surely beats the dry textbooks I read in school.
Hugh’s view of spiritual matters is especially interesting in light of the position that the church held politically as well as in everyday life. There is much spiritual truth throughout the pages of this book, as in the others I’ve read. But it never comes across as preachy, and it’s interesting to see the beginnings of the ideas that sparked the Protestant Reformation in Hugh’s own beliefs.
I can thoroughly recommend this one. I give it five stars and a PG-13 for content (because of murder and crime). You can find Deeds of Darkness on Amazon here and on Kregel here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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