Monday, March 19, 2012

DNF: Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr

Unhallowed Ground
by Mel Starr
Monarch Books (October 2011)
Source: Publisher
Pages read: 134 of 240

Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cowleys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so.

Many in the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the worldly and corrupt priest John Kellet had been covertly in Bampton at the time atte Bridge died.

Master Hugh is convinced that Kellet has murdered atte Bridge - one rogue slaughtering another. Searching for proof he sets out of Exeter, where Kellet now works. But there he finds that the priest in an emaciated skeleton of a man, who mourns the folly of his past life.

Hugh must return to Bampton - and discover which of his friends has murdered his enemy...

Here's another book that has made it to my DNF pile. I read a little more than half of Unhallowed Ground and not much happened. After Thomas atte Bridge's body was discovered hanging from a tree I expected things to take off from there. They didn't. After 134 pages, things still hadn't picked up and so I decided to stop reading.

I'll admit the medieval vocabulary used also contributed to why I didn't finish. It often confused me to the point where I'd have to read a passage more than once. And the four-page glossary provided in the beginning wasn't a big help. With all the flipping back and forth between pages the whole story became disjointed, confusing, and had no flow to it. I just couldn't get into this one.

There were actually a lot of four and five star reviews for this book. So, don't go by my opinion alone. You should definitely read some of the other reviews to see if this is a book you think you'd enjoy. Unfortunately, it just didn't cut it for me.

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