March 18, 2011

"A Trail of Ink" by Mel Starr ** Book Review

A Trail of Ink: The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Hugh De Singleton 3)Master Hugh de Singleton came to Oxford with the hopes of finding a comely lass to make his wife, what he found instead, was a theft, a murder, and a mystery.

Set in 14th century Oxford, A Trail of Ink, is an enjoyable medieval mystery. This is the third installment of the  Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon. I have not read the previous two works, but was able to easily jump into the story without feeling like I was missing any important background information.

It is evident that the author, Mel Starr has a background in medieval history and literature. There were times I felt like I was reading something written centuries ago (that's not a bad thing). I appreciated the research and talent it takes to write in this style without it coming across as "put-on" or forced. I feel like I had learned a lot about medieval Oxford by the time the story concluded.

I found the plot to be interesting and the mystery intriguing. I looked forward to solving the mystery alongside Singleton. If you're looking for an enjoyable medieval mystery, check out this latest work from Mel Starr, A Trail of Ink.


I received a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate my review. I was not obligated to give a positive review of the book.

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