Friday, January 25, 2013

The Tainted Coin by Mel Starr

If you're looking for a mystery or like the medieval time period, look no further!  It's 1367 and Master Hugh is both a surgeon and the bailiff for a lord, so when a man dies on the lord's land he determines it is murder and starts to investigate.  When an ancient coin falls out of the man's mouth, Master Hugh suspects it is the key to his death.  As he searches for clues, he encounters powerful men who wish to stop him.  Add kidnapping and surgery; this book is never dull!

It was interesting to see how a murder could be solved in a time period without our modern gadgets or even DNA.  I especially liked learning about the different culture, including what they ate and how they lived.  There's a handy glossary in the front of the book to explain some of the terms.  There's a bit of dry humor at times that I enjoyed.  A fascinating thing I learned was that surgeons were taught not to perform surgeries during certain times of the year because of the movement of planets and stars.  They felt a surgery wouldn't be successful and even some of the church believed this!  This is book five in the series about Master Hugh, but I wasn't confused at all when reading this first.  It's worth checking out!

I received this book free from Kregel in exchange for an honest review.

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