• Rest Not in Peace

  • The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, Book 6
  • By: Mel Starr
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Master Hugh is asked to provide a sleeping potion for Sir Henry Burley, a friend and guest of Lord Gilbert who has outstayed his welcome at Bampton Castle. The next morning after Master Hugh provides the potion, Sir Henry is found dead, eyes open, in his bed. Master Hugh, the target of the wife’s wrath, is asked by Lord Gilbert to determine the cause of death....

©2013 Mel Starr (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Depressing tale, unsatisfying conclusion

While I love this series, this installment was a disappointment. There is no humor. The story line is very dark. While all this may be historically accurate, it is not why I turn to historical mysteries. I want to escape from the difficult times we all now face in the world. So my point of view is somewhat colored by living through the very dark days we face in the present moment. Mel Starr usually provides that antidote but did not this time. One major story thread is never wrapped up which is always frustrating. And the narrator throughout is constantly preaching religiosity when clearly there is no one out there listening given the misery of the lives of the people in this time in history.

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redundancy takes away for the seasoned reader

alas, book 6 has confirmed the fatal "redundancy"-plague prognosis that has brought death to so many well-loved and lively stories.

the 6th book fails to seamlessly impress backstory for the fresh-faced reader new to the series while keeping attention to the reader whose been journeying along since book 1.
some lines are written word for word from previous books. dialogues, characters' inner voices, and even descriptions of places past travelled are so repetitive it carries a feel of "cut and paste."

if you, like me, started this series at book 1, you hoped with all your imagination this story would be cured of it's death-toll disease by now.
you had stayed hopeful when the story began to drag and lose luster in books 4 and 5.
you worriedly paced through main characters' lack of deeper and layered insights giving off a stunted, almost "first experience" comprehension.
the subtle humorous spirit generously sprinkled in past books now falls so sporadically you can easily miss it.
with painful sorrow, you've realized the long fatigue was actually the welcoming of death and you sit in acceptance of the inevitable beside the deathbed of book 6.

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Rest not in Prace

Just then mention of seeing a rat in the castle sets you up for the ending of this conical.

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Good series, except for a few things.

I've enjoyed the plot, characters, and narration of this series. However, if I never hear the term "pulled a forelock" ever again, I'll be happy. It's repeated over and over again. Okay, I get it. It's medieval. And the extent to which the author goes into for the description of eating is exhausting. All right already, we know Hugh loves to eat. The mystery is good enough to overlook these little things.

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Hooked on this series!!!

The writer is a master storyteller and the narrator does true justice to the well written tale. I was hooked from the very first installment and will continue on til the very end!!! 💜💜💜

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  • Phil
  • 09-23-20

This was the final book.

I have purchased all six books up to now. I have listened to all six. In essence the books are all very well written. Historically very interesting. Narrated extremely well by Steven Crossley. The plots were always rather weak though.

I actually purchased Book number 7 but returned it and got a refund after the second chapter. The new narrator was far too monotone for my liking. It was extremely confusing as to who was saying what and when.



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  • The Curator
  • 07-02-20

Not a grabber.

I do enjoy these books but they don’t grab my attention. I wonder if the narration is part of the problem. It’s very ponderous and one note and makes the main character sound dull; a real problem when the books are told from his POV.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-22

Gloomy and dull

I’ve enjoyed the other stories albeit finding the narrator’s voice too old for the character. However, there was far too much religious proselytising in this gloomy and dull tale of woe. Little pace and the main character appears to have donned his pipe and slippers along with his holier than thou matron of a wife. I think it high time Hugh was archived. He’s become boring, sanctimonious and the plot gave him nowhere to go other than being pompous, resigned and lecturing. Needless to say I won’t buy another miserable tale.

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  • Steph H
  • 04-09-22

Great series

I'm doing a review for the whole series as I've left it so long since I started listening to them.

I would highly recommend this series and in fact I have done so to a number of people already. Very impressed with the writing, the research that seems to have been done and the historical accuracy is excellent.

Nice characters, good pace, interesting stories. Really interesting to see the ability of surgeons then and the ways Hugh deducts things.

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  • Sue
  • 04-07-22

Good plot

As usual very good but a little over complicated this time fewer characters and two less twists maybe?

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  • Hereford
  • 03-11-22

Not an expert

I admire and enjoy the narration by Steven Crossley. I am not well read hence my interest in Audible in an attempt to better my experience. I have listened to every volume in this series thus far and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-21

pretty boring

I liked the previous books in the series, but this one was tedious and boring, with not much of a plot.