A Trail of Ink : The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, Paperback Book

A Trail of Ink : The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon Paperback

4 out of 5 (18 ratings)


The third chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9781854249746



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 5 of 18 reviews.

  Previous  |  Next

Review by

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.

Review by

I must admit I am a huge fan of historical fiction especially mysteries and intrigue, but "A Trail Of Ink" by Mel Starr was my first foray into the midieval time period. I wasn't sure how I would like the time period but I actually loved it! This story is set in the town of Oxford England, where Hugh de Singleton is trying to solve the mystery of his friend John Wyclif's stolen books. Twenty-two books in all have been taken, and two of them are borrowed books from a friend of John's. The books were stolen right out of Master Wyclif's room while he was out to supper. Hugh is also interested in Kate Caxton, a stationer's daughter. So Hugh jumps into solving the mystery as he also tries to to win Kate's favor. While this story was a bit hard for me to get into in the beginning, it soon took off transporting me back to medieval England. The author rolls together mystery, suspense, and murder together to make the story a satisfying read. I did find myself turning to the glossary provided in the front of the book because of some of the words used during the time period. "A Trail Of Ink" is the third book in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon series, but can easily be read as a stand alone work, although I do wish I had read the first two books in the seriesThe ending provides a teaser for the next book in the series titled "Unhallowed Ground", which I look forward to reading. Book provided by Litfuse and the publisher for review.

Review by

Hugh de Singleton sets out on a simple task. He wants to court a lovely woman and visit his friend. But nothing in life is that simple. A man of higher rank is also courting the lady and his friend, John Wyclif, is sorrowing over the theft of all his books. Soon Hugh is given the task by his lord to unravel the mystery and win the girl.I really liked the map of Oxford and the glossary of medieval terms. The author works history into his story nicely. There are also glimmers of good characterization, but I'm afraid I never warmed up to Hugh. It could be the first person format, I rarely like that, but his words and thoughts came across as wooden to me. Also repetitive. I see much potential in Hugh, but in this story his thoughts were shallow and unfinished, as was his faith. I couldn't relate to a person who is set up to be very intelligent, but seems to behave almost simple-minded at times. I like my detectives to be the clever ones, ahead of the rest of the bunch.That being said, I still enjoyed this book, the feel of the town of Oxford, and the people there. I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to seek out the other novels in this series. I received this book for review from the Early Reviewers program on Library Thing.

Review by

When Hugh de Singleton, bailiff of Bampton, learns that his friend John Wyclif's library has been stolen (all 20 books, plus 2 borrowed from someone else), he is given leave to stay in Oxford to search for and recover Wyclif's books. Happily for Hugh, this will give him an opportunity to court Kate Caxton, the woman he hopes to marry. He is dismayed to learn that he has a rival for Kate's affections. Will Hugh solve the mystery of the missing books and win the heart of the woman he loves?This is the third book in a series featuring Hugh de Singleton, and it was my first exposure to the series. Historical mysteries are my favorite genre, and I'm pleased to have another series to add to those that I follow. While Hugh isn't as quick witted as the protagonists in some series, his companions have complimentary strengths, and they work well together. My one complaint is that this book refers in too much detail to events in the two previous books in the series and gives away spoiler information about their plots and the culprits of the crimes investigated in those books. I'll need to wait a while to read those books and hope that I forget what I learned about them from this book.While regular readers of Christian fiction will recognize the publisher as a Christian publishing firm, the Christian content is incorporated so naturally into the story that it will not turn off other readers. Recommended for both historical fiction and Christian fiction enthusiasts.This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

Review by

A Trail of Ink is the third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton series. I have not read the first two books in this series and I think it would have helped to read those first, but the book had enough in it to let me know what went on in previous books. A medieval mystery that has Hugh de Singleton looking for some stolen books and wooing Kate Caxton, the stationer's daughter. He is a bailiff of the village of Bampton and he has been asked to help recover a set of books that have been stolen from Master John Wyclif, the well known scholar and Bible translator . Thus starts the adventure for Hugh and Kate, which turns dangerous when there is a series of "events" that follow them.The author appears to be knowledgeable regarding medieval times and it shows in the writing of this book as the reader is swept along into the mystery. If the reader has trouble with the language of this time period, there is a glossary at the beginning of the book. I love historical fiction and this series is a bit different than others I have read and I did enjoy it. Definitely for the history lover!!!

  Previous  |  Next

Also by Melvin R. Starr