The Abbot's Agreement

The Abbot's Agreement

The Seventh Chronicle of Hugh De Singleton, Surgeon

Book - 2014
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"My life would have been more tranquil in the days after Martinmas had I not seen the crows. Whatever it was that the crows had found lay in the dappled shadow of the bare limbs of the oak, so I was nearly upon the thing before I recognized what the crows were feasting upon. The corpse wore black." Master Hugh is making his way towards Oxford when he discovers the young Benedictine - a fresh body, barefoot - not half a mile from the nearby abbey. The abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity: John, one of three novices. But he had gone missing four days previously, and his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death: the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh's sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him ...
Publisher: Oxford : Lion Fiction, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781782641094
1782641092
Branch Call Number: Starr, M
Characteristics: 252 pages : maps ; 20 cm

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Dec 27, 2014

This series gets better as it continues. Hugh starts out for Oxford with his friend and bodyguard, Arthur, with enough money to buy a bible. On their way they see carrion crows apparently attacking a carcass, and stop to see what it is, since the plague has returned, so it might be a human. It turns out to be a missing novice from a nearby monastery. The abbot of the monastery asks Hugh to find out how the novice was killed and promises a bible as payment. Many false leads and accusations kept me guessing as to who could have murdered the novice. Hugh's bible will be delivered several months after the crime is solved, since it must be copied by the monks--not printed as Hugh had supposed.

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