Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review: A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

✰✰✰✰ In the third installment of the series, medieval surgeon Hugh de Singleton has not one, but two puzzles to solve. First, Master John Wyclif's treasured collection of scholarly books has been stolen. It's up to Hugh to unravel a trail of deceit and solve a murder in order to see that the books are returned to their rightful owners.

Second, Hugh is on a quest to find a wife. With little experience in the ways of winning a young maiden's hand, Hugh sets out to court the young lady who caught his attention in the second chronicle,
A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel. The object of his affections, Kate Caxton, is witty, intelligent, and comely. She attracts more than her share of attention and has no shortage of suitors from which to choose. Will Hugh be able to win over the beautiful Kate or has he met his match in the form of Sir Simon Trillowe? Only time will tell as we follow Hugh on this adventures in Oxford.

The Bottom Line:
The third book in the series is a quick and enjoyable weekend read. This chronicle features fewer surgeries than the first two books and more emphasis is placed on Hugh's exploration of faith. However, there are still plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. Highly entertaining and recommended for fans of medieval mysteries. Also, recommended for fans of Christian fiction. A glossary of medieval words and a map of Oxford are included.

A Trail of Ink: The third chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon by Mel Starr. Paperback published by Monarch Books in 2010. 224 p. ISBN: 978-1-85424-974-6 Note: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publications in exchange for a review. This was made possible by the Early Reviewer program at LibraryThing.