This was a fun historical mystery. I love the character of Master Hugh de Singleton. He is so much fun. He is the bailiff and surgeon of this area and very observant. He is alone until he meets a woman during his investigation. This has mystery and some minor romance and some fun parts. I received this book from book fun.org foe a fair and honest opinion. Alan, the beadle of the manor of Bampton, had gone out at dusk to seek those who might violate curfew. When, the following morning, he had not returned home, his young wife Matilda had sought out Master Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff of the manor. Two days later his corpse was discovered in the hedge.