A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

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The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

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

**NOTE: This book is technically part of a series, but each book in the series can easily be read by itself. Characters carry over, but they are re-introduced in each so new readers won’t get confused. There may be nuances that only series readers will pick up on, but nothing big enough to be a hindrence.**

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 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.

Read an excerpt here.

Find out more about the first 2 books here.

I had the opportunity to review Mel Starr’s first book in this series The Unquiet Bones and really enjoyed the character of Hugh de Singleton.  Somehow I missed the fact that a second book had been written (which I now need to get and read!), but this third book showcases Starr’s writing as outstanding.

I knew what to expect since I had read the first book, Starr holds true to the 14th century English language, so the book has you peeking at the glossary every once in a while.  Starr manages to write the character of Hugh so that he is witty, humble and all together believable in his nature, throughout the whole book.

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