A Trail of Ink

A Trail of Ink

by Mel Starr

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ISBN-13: 9781782640851
Publisher: Lion Hudson plc
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Series: Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Sur Series
Edition description: Second Edition,New edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.63(d)

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Trail of Ink 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Mel Starr in his new book, "A Trail Of Ink" Book Three in the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series published by Monarch Books returns us to Oxford in 1365 for another mystery involving the intrepid bailiff and surgeon. When I was a child I fell in love with the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes but, unfortunately, there are a finite number of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Mel Starr to the rescue. While Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon is not the great brain that Holmes is he is up there and Mel Starr gives him quite a workout in this book. This is a book of mystery and suspense and I was intrigued at this because de Singleton is asked to locate 22 missing books that have been stolen. The first question is how were the books stolen then why were the books stolen and then by whom? As de Singleton sets out upon this task he is also trying to win the hand of the lovely Kate Caxton. Things are complicated by the arrival of another suitor for her hand who is a jealous nobleman. As the investigation continues murder ensues, lives are in danger and grave peril stalks the main characters before a truly exciting conclusion. I think Mel Starr is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you find out who did it. I didn't read the first two books in the series but, rest assured, I will. And I will be first on-line when the next Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon book comes out. This is a wonderful series and I am glad I discovered Mel Starr and his wonderful hero. I recommend this book highly. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Suspense Zone, I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr is the third book in the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series which takes place in 14th century England. Hugh has gone to Oxford to visit his former teacher and friend Master John Wyclif who quickly asks him to discover who has stolen his entire library of twenty-two books, quite a collection at that time. Hugh has another reason to spend time in Oxford, Kate Caxton, the daughter of a stationer, who has recently agreed to allow him to court her. Hugh's master, Lord Gilbert, gives Hugh leave to both investigate the theft and to come home with a wife, both jobs Hugh takes to with a relish. But the theft is far more complicated than it first appears, and wooing Kate's heart just may be dangerous to Hugh's very life. I absolutely adore this series; it's one of my current favorites. I find myself smiling throughout, laughing aloud occasionally at the exceptionally witty dialogue, and gasping at the thrills. I'm not normally a "loud" reader, but Starr's writing pulls me in some completely, I can't help myself. Hugh's careful courting of Kate is a delightful and smart. This is a couple who will only get better with age, and Kate already enjoys aiding Hugh in his investigations. Starr manages to mix together history, murder, political machinations, faith, and romance with exceptional results. May Hugh and Kate live happily ever after, providing us with many sequels to come.
rtwins More than 1 year ago
A Trail Of Ink by Mel Starr is the third chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon series. This book is set in 1365 in Oxford, England. Hugh de Singleton is not only a surgeon, but also a bailiff, one who oversees operations and collects rent and fines. This tale begins when Hugh de Singleton is commissioned by Master John Wyclif to find his twenty-two volumes of stolen books. With his new fiance, Kate Caxton, his investigations lead him throughout the streets of Oxford, Canterbury Hall, and England's countryside to solve this medieval mystery. The author masterfully captured the vernacular and culture of this period. The clothing descriptions and their dinners of loaves of maslin, cheese, pottage flavored with pork, capon with turnips and leeks, eels baked in ginger, and egg leaches, provided interesting details to the food of this day. The glossary provided was very appreciated and I referred to it often throughout my reading. Although part of a series, this work does stand alone. It will be enjoyed by adults and high school students interested in this period of history.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
I must admit I am a huge fan of historical fiction especially mysteries and intrigue, but "A Trail Of Ink" by Mel Starr was my first foray into the midieval time period. I wasn't sure how I would like the time period but I actually loved it! This story is set in the town of Oxford England, where Hugh de Singleton is trying to solve the mystery of his friend John Wyclif's stolen books. Twenty-two books in all have been taken, and two of them are borrowed books from a friend of John's. The books were stolen right out of Master Wyclif's room while he was out to supper. Hugh is also interested in Kate Caxton, a stationer's daughter. So Hugh jumps into solving the mystery as he also tries to to win Kate's favor. While this story was a bit hard for me to get into in the beginning, it soon took off transporting me back to medieval England. The author rolls together mystery, suspense, and murder together to make the story a satisfying read. I did find myself turning to the glossary provided in the front of the book because of some of the words used during the time period. "A Trail Of Ink" is the third book in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon series, but can easily be read as a stand alone work, although I do wish I had read the first two books in the seriesThe ending provides a teaser for the next book in the series titled "Unhallowed Ground", which I look forward to reading. Book provided by Litfuse and the publisher for review.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
I love, love, lve this series! We immediately discover that none other than John Wyclif, friend of the protagonist, Hugh of Singleton, a surgeon and bailiff to Lord Gilbert Talbotx, has had all twenty-two of his books stolen! The characters, written in depth, are based on some historical facts and are all quite believable. Written in the first person narrative of Hugh, a master sleuth, the dialogue is a delight. The author has researched medieval England extensively and creates a plausible plot. There's romance for Hugh, some interesting surgeries, and even murder most foul. (Forgive me for stealing Shakespeare's words!) In addition, there's subtle humor. For instance, when describing Sir Roger, a man with bushy eyebrows, the author writes, "On a bright day Sir Roger carries with him his own shade" (200). Master Hugh solves the puzzle like any good detective. He notes the clues and follows up on his hunches--all the while tending to his duties as the only available surgeon and pursuing the lovely Kate. I like reading about his day-to-day experiences. Quite interesting to me is learning about the practice of medicine and courting during this time. I read the other two titles in the series: The Unquiet Bones, and The Corpse at St. Andrews Chapel, loved them both and looked forward to reading this third in the series. All are stand alone novels, and you'll have no problem catching on. However, if you've read the other two, you will enjoy picking up where the second novel ends with Hugh seeking to wed. An glossary and a map of the area are included. All in all, this is a delightful book, and I recommend this to one and all! I look forward to the fourth in the series. Thank you to FirstWildCard and Noelle Pedersen at Kregel for my copy.
Wyn More than 1 year ago
Hugh de Singleton continues his facinating reports of his life in the 1360's England around the town of Oxford. The young man, a baliff and a surgeon, continues to become enmeshed in homicide cases which start out as small mysteries. This time on a visit to his mentor John Wyclif and to the girl who has caught his fancy he discovers that Wyclif's books have been stolen, a serious crime in a time when books were scarce; and that his girl has started walking out with a knight who might be involved in the theft somehow. I was happy to see Hugh again; it's interesting to think of how mysteries were solved before technology arrived. The author has made the third book in the series easy to read, interesting, and catches a new reader up-to-date quickly in the first chapter. There is a glossary at the beginning containing medieval words and their meanings that may be new to the reader. It is easy to flip to without losing one's place in the story. An excellent new story, I'm interested in reading the rest of the series. Thanks to Noelle Pederson and Kregel Publications for a review copy.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
First let me say that this is not a book that I could get into, I did the best I could and tried to understand this period of time. It was set in 14th century Oxford and about the medieval. I think that Mel Starr knows what he is writing about and I believe he has studied this period of time and the way things were done. In this third novel, Hugh de Singleton a surgeon in the village of Bampton, near Oxford. Hugh liked Kate who proved a help in finding the missing books that were stolen from Master Wyclif's rooms and are up-for-grabs. . There are some very interesting people out to stop him, some are determined to stop him permanently if necessary, as they are have greed and really do not care for Mel at all. This book was sent to me buy Kregel Publications for my honest review.