A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

by adustyframe ~ March 15th, 2011


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this book to review. I find medieval times interesting but not fascinating. This book is the third book in the series. I didn’t read the other two but that didn’t cause any problems. I was able to follow the story and didn’t feel lost at all.

Honestly, my first thought was, “Oh no. This is going to be a drudge to get through and review.” However, I was wrong!

This book picks up speed very quickly and the story is entertaining and suspenseful. Mel Starr provides lots of historical details that were truly interesting!

Thanks for the chance to review your book. I enjoyed it after all!

About A Trail of Ink:

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

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.

Find A Trail of Ink here.

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About Mel Starr:

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.net


**I was given a free copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity to review for my blog. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.**


3 Thoughts Shared to A Trail of Ink by Mel Starr

  1. debbie

    I love it when a book surprises me like that! I shared it on fb.
    Came over from the blog hop to say hi. It’s nice to meet you!

  2. Diane

    I really enjoyed this book too. Can’t wait to get my hands on his other books! :O)

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