The Abbot’s Agreement by Mel Starr is the seventh book in a historical mystery series set in the mid-1300s. The main character, Hugh de Singleton, is a bailiff and surgeon who keeps ending up solving mysteries. While I haven’t read any of the author’s other works, the historical accuracy is outstanding. According to the bio, the author has a background in medieval surgery, which helps ground the book. The character’s position as a bailiff also makes it plausible that he would be asked to investigate the stories.
Hugh did not mean to become entangled in a murder when he set off for Oxford to buy a Bible. But when he found the body of a novice, the abbot asked him to investigate. As Hugh looks into the situation, he discovers that more might be going on than meets the eye. Was the novice, John, really suited for the religious life, or might he have gotten on the wrong side of Maud atte Pond’s suitors? And what about the other people at the abbey?
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers over 12 who are interested in medieval English historical fiction or murder mysteries. I was given a free copy of this book by Kregel Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.