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A Trail of Ink

The Third Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

by Mel Starr


Price: £8.99
Publisher:Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published:October 2010
Another book of a series no other reviewer gets a chance to read!
Hughís friend Master John Wycliffe of Canterbury Hall, Oxford has had his lifetime collection of books stolen from his room. Twenty-two books in all, two borrowed from a friend, twenty lovingly collected and annotated over many years of study.
Hugh was in Oxford to further his cause with the stationerís daughter Kate, on the excuse of ordering more ink to write up his records of completed cases. As bailiff to Bampton Castle he was expected to solve local crimes from poaching to murder, and so far he had been successful.
Back in Bampton Castle Lord Gilbert, at the request of his wife Lady Petronilla, speaks to Hugh of his love lorn state and using the loss of Master Johnís books as a worthy cause, sends Hugh back to Oxford to solve the mystery of the theft, and to find himself a wife.
Though he has the help of a sturdy groom, Arthur, finding the books is no easy task, and wooing Kate meets with difficulties too. There are evil men afoot, murder and mistaken identity, monks and nobles, all are involved, and much happens before the end of the story.

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Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew   (03/11/10)
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