A Trail of Ink
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.
It took me a while to really get into the story of this book; the biggest reason is the style of speech used in the dialogue. The characters interact and speak to each in a manner you would expect to have heard in medieval England. Once I was able to adjust to this, I was really able to enjoy this book. Thankfully, Mel Starr has placed a glossary at the beginning of this novel to help the reader understand some of the terminology used in this book.
This is a wonderful novel that includes mystery, suspense and even a little romance. Once I was able to get past the dialect and terminology, I was really able to set myself into this story. Even though there are not huge amounts of descriptive text, Starr writes in a way that enables the reader to easily visualize the story’s setting beautifully and really find themselves in the story.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
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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. www.melstarr.org
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