Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review - A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

A Trail of Ink: The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Hugh De Singleton 3)

TITLE:    A Trail of Ink
AUTHOR:    Mel Starr
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 240 pages
PUBLISHED:   Monarch Books, 2011
ISBN#:   978-1-8542-4974-6
SOURCE:   Received from Publisher for Review and LitFuse Blog Tour

FROM GOODREADS:  I had never seen Master John Wyclif so afflicted. He was rarely found at such a loss when in disputation with other masters. He told me later, when I had returned them to him, that it was as onerous to plunder a bachelor scholar's books as it would be to steal another man's wife. I had, at the time, no way to assess the accuracy of that opinion, for I had no wife and few books ...' So begins another delightful and intriguing tale from the life of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in the medieval village of Bampton, near Oxford, and bailiff of Bampton Castle at the behest of Lord Gilbert Talbot.

MY TAKE:    This was a fun mystery to become engrossed in.  It makes for an enjoyable afternoon of intrigue in a medieval setting.  Even though it is the third installment in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton-Surgeon, it reads very well as a stand alone story.

Historical fiction (especially that which is set in medieval times) is one of my favorite genres.  When I read about this book, I knew it was one that I needed to read.  I am really glad that I did.  This is a nice, even-paced novel with a lovely touch of romance thrown in with the mystery and drama. 

The characters, especially Hugh are rich and well written.  He is a man who is immediately likable and one whose story the reader becomes invested in.  His dialogue is sprinkled with humor which just adds to the warmth of his personality.  Kate is sweet as well as beautiful.  John Wyclif is also an interesting man.  Of course his love of books endears him to me right away!  

Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it: 

The entire Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series:

The Unquiet Bones: The First Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Hugh De Singleton 1)  A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel: The Second Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Hugh De Singleton 2)  A Trail of Ink: The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Hugh De Singleton 3)

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. To learn more about Mel check out his website at http://melstarr.net
Here is the link for the rest of the great blogs participating in this tour.  Be sure to see what other avid readers have to say about A Trail of Ink.

Thank you to Mel Starr, his publisher and LitFuse for including me on this blog tour.

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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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