The Abbot’s Agreement

Written by Mel Starr
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In 1368 England, Hugh Singleton, surgeon and bailiff to Lord Gilbert Talbot of Bampton, is traveling to Oxford along with Arthur, a groom of Lord Talbot. Near Eynsham Abbey, they discover the body of a man dressed like a novice. They stop at the abbey to report its location and are asked by the abbot to investigate the death. During their investigation, they learn there are several possible suspects, including members of the abbey itself. When the search for the perpetrator includes rich local landowners, they are faced with a challenging assignment.

This is the seventh chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon. I found this book to be a gripping combination of history and mystery. Prepare to be immersed in a story with clearly defined, realistic characters and well-researched descriptions of monastery life in the 14th century. I did not know who committed the murder until the final pages, which kept me interested in learning who the guilty party was. A well written mystery that can stand alone from his previous books in the series, this novel is highly recommended to medieval mystery lovers.