"Another exciting page-turner by Mel Starr. He beautifully depicts the sounds, sights and smells, as well as the emotions, of the medieval world in this welcome addition to his long-running series."Jill Dalladay, author of The Abbess of Whitby
Lord Gilbert Talbot must provide soldiers for Prince Edward's battle in France. He wishes his surgeonHugh de Singletonto travel with the war party to tend any injuries. Among those on the road is Sir Simon Trillowe, Hugh's old nemesis, who had once torched Hugh's house.
Finding himself in the same war party, Hugh resolves to watch his back in the presence of the knight, who is still holding a grudge. But it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back….
When Trillowe's body is found, many suspect Hugh has wreaked revenge on his adversary. To clear his name, Hugh must once again riddle a reason for murder.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Though I have started in on this series late, the author seems to have taken that into account. Though the book is not necessarily a stand-alone book, I felt like enough of the backstory was well-enough explained that I didn't feel like I was muddling through a storyline I couldn't understand. That very well could have been the case, as the premise of the murder in the book is the long-standing hatred between the two characters, Hugh and Sir Simon. Though there were a lot of different characters in this book, the author kept to a small band of friends Hugh stuck with. This helped immensely in recognizing each name and who they were associated with. The only thing I feel the author could have expanded on is these band of characters themselves. They didn't feel too fleshed out, and pretty two dimensional. This was a very quick read, easy to do in less than a week, even with working overtime and family time. It was enjoyable enough that I wanted to keep coming back to the medieval times and see how Hugh would prove his innocence.
When Mel Starr writes a new book I cannot wait to read it! His books are unique to historical novels with settings in the 1400’s. An era you rarely see written about in fiction especially Christian fiction. I never cease to learn something new. His research has yielded such detail about every aspect of that time that people come to life. I especially am fascinated my Hugh de Singleton’s occupation as a surgeon and doctor. His mysteries continuously keep me guessing who the guilty party is and I never cease to be surprised! Also, his wonderful sense of humor adds even more entertainment. Lord Gilbert Talbot, Hugh de Singletons’ employer is always assigning him jobs that have nothing to do with medicine. Hugh must oblige of course. In this story, he is taken to battle with Lord Gilbert. In war someone with medical knowledge and skills will be needed. He does not want to leave his family and knows the risk he might not return is real. This is definitely out of his comfort zone. A far different setting than his other books, gives readers an opportunity to see how battles were conducted during that time and the lives of soldiers. It is 1370 and Prince Edward has called all soldiers and knights to battle to reclaim British territory that the King of France has seized. Hugh must not only be cautious about being so near the battle, but also watch his back from an old enemy, knight, Sir Simon Trillowe. Sir Simon hates Hugh and holds a bitter grudge. When Sir Simon is found dead, his father and friends point the finger at Hugh as the murderer. In their eyes no one else has a motive. Lord Gilbert supports him and believes in his innocence. As usual he sends Hugh to find the murderer, except this time he is the suspect!! Quite a twist! Sleuthing is a bit more challenging for the surgeon this time, being unfamiliar with the new area and not knowing anyone. None the less he sets out with great determination to clear his name. It was interesting to also learn the affects war had on civilians during that time. I am always impressed with Hugh’s commitment to God in all his conduct. He does not hesitate to treat and care for his enemies. I love his integrity. My only complaint about this book is that it was shorter than the others. I would be happy if Mr. Starr would write one the size of “War and Peace”, but that would just leave me wanting more books. At the end of the book was the first chapter of his new upcoming book “Deeds of Darkness”. Looking forward to it! Another great book Mr. Starr! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Kregel Publications. My comments are an independent and honest review.
I received a copy of LUCIFER’S HARVEST by Mel Starr from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is the ninth installment in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon. I must say that I am a sucker for historical fiction. I am a sucker for mysteries. What is better than a mystery set in the Middle Ages? I am a huge fan of history, so I love it when books reference historical characters as everyday occurrences. Such things always give me a happy chill. In this book, Hugh is sent to battle against France by wishes of Baron Gilbert and Prince Edward. I found it sad that he didn’t know if he would return to his wife and children. Now that I have a baby son, I feel differently about parental separation. It turns out that Sir Simon Trillowe is another fighting man. From the series, you know that he and Hugh are enemies. Then, Sir Simon Trillowe is found dead. A mystery ensues with lots of intrigue and the usual beautiful, detailed descriptions of the setting. I love this series for how it immerses the reader in the time period. Something to note is that this book is shorter than usual. I found that some parts felt a bit rushed, but overall it was an enjoyable read like usual.