Friday, January 25, 2013

The Tainted Coin {Book Review}


The Tainted Coin by Mel Starr

About the book

It is the autumn of 1367. Master Hugh is enjoying the peaceful life of Bampton when a badly beaten man is found under the porch of St. Andrew's Chapel. The dying man is a chapman--a traveling merchant. Before he is buried in the chapel grounds, an ancient, corroded coin is found in the man's mouth.

Master Hugh's quest for the chapman's assailants, and his search for the origin of the coin, begins to make progress--but there are men of wealth and power in league with his old nemesis, Sir Simon Trillowe, who wish to end his search . . . permanently.

But Master Hugh, and his assistant, the groom Arthur, are determined to uncover the thieves and murderers, and the source of the chapman's coin. They do, but not before they become involved with a kidnapped maiden, a tyrannical abbot, and a suffering monk--who needs Master Hugh's surgical skills and in return provides clues that assist Hugh in solving the mystery of the tainted coin.

Read an excerpt

My Thoughts

The Tainted Coin is the fifth installment of the Hugh de Singleton series.  This story is set in Medieval England 1367.  Hugh is a bailiff and surgeon for Lord Gilbert. A man was murdered and while preparing the body for burial Hugh discovers an ancient coin hidden in the man’s mouth. Hugh sets out to solve the murder.

I love this series! Mel Starr has done a superb job in creating a wonderful mystery rich in history of the time period. You can tell that Mr. Starr put in a lot of time researching the historical aspects of this story!  

If you have a love of history and a great mystery you will enjoy The Tainted Coin. While it is part of a series of books, it is not necessary to read the entire series. (although I am not sure why you wouldn’t want to read them all!) This book is easily read as a stand alone novel.


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book From Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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