TITLE: A Trail of Ink
AUTHOR: Mel Starr
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 240 pages
PUBLISHED: Monarch Books, 2011
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!
The entire Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series:
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