Monday, March 7, 2011

A Trail of Ink ~ Book Review

About the Book:

An excellent medieval whodunit by the author of The Unquiet Bones and A Corpse at St Andrew's Chapel.

Some valuable books have been stolen from Master John Wyclif, the well-known scholar and Bible translator. He calls upon his friend and former pupil, Hugh de Singleton, to investigate. Hugh's investigation leads him to Oxford where he again encounters Kate, the only woman who has tempted him to leave bachelor life behind, but Kate has another serious suitor. As Hugh's pursuit of Kate becomes more successful, mysterious accidents begin to occur. Are these accidents tied to the missing books, or to his pursuit of Kate?

One of the stolen books turns up alongside the drowned body of a poor Oxford scholar. Another accident? Hugh certainly doesn’t t think so, but it will take all of his surgeon s skills to prove.

So begins another delightful and intriguing tale from the life of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in the medieval village of Bampton. Masterfully researched by medieval scholar Mel Starr, the setting of the novel can be visited and recognized in modern-day England. Enjoy more of Hugh s dry wit, romantic interests, evolving faith, and dogged determination as he pursues his third case as bailiff of Bampton.

My Thoughts:

This was a change a pace for me, what a fun historical fiction story of murder and mystery with a touch of romance. I usually don’t like to read books out of order of what they were written, as this book was the third chronicle of the Hugh de Singleton series, by Mel Starr. I thought that I might feel completely lost, but I didn’t feel lost at all, and I totally enjoyed how the story played out. Now I really want to read the other two books, The Unquiet Bones, and A Corpse at St. Andrew’s Chapel. I also liked that Mel included a map and a glossary of terms in the front of the book, of word that were used within the story that are not normally used today. This was an enjoyable quick read that I would suggest to many; I really think this is a book that guys and girls alike. Overall this book has very clean language, and although a murder mystery it is not gruesome at all, so it would even be a good book for tweens on up.

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 About the Author:

Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating with a MA in history from Western Michigan University in 1970, he taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years, thirty-five of those in Portage, MI, where he retired in 2003 as chairman of the social studies department of Portage Northern High School. Mel and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too. Can't wait to get my hands on his other books. :O)



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