About the Book:
The Tainted Coin: The Fifth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Starr
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.
This is the third book in this series that I’ve reviewed. I must admit that the first one was a little harder to read than the books, I normally read. The second one, I enjoyed quite a bit more. This one, I read quickly and stayed up late several nights to see what happened.
I think perhaps I got used to the author’s use of Medieval words and the reading was quicker.
This mystery is quite interesting and I found myself trying to figure it out as the story unfolded.
After reading this one, I decided I want to find the earliest books in this series and read them because I truly enjoyed this one.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.