Monday, March 14, 2011

Trail of Ink by Mel Starr Blog Tour

Hey all, today is another blog tour with an author I have never read before. I will tell you some about the book and then give you my thoughts of it. Please make sure to check out the other blog stops as well which are listed on Facebook.

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.

Link to buy the book:

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.

MY THOUGHTS-This was a new book and author for me and I have to admit, I was excited to read it:) The only thing I have to say was that it was hard for me to get into the book at first. Maybe it was the style or the subject but I had a hard time starting the book. I did push myself to read it through and once I was about halfway through I got more interested. One reason is that I am a big fan of John Wyclife. And it was very neat to read a novel with him in it. Overall I liked the book and would probably pick up his other books. Once I got more into the book I liked his different style of writing. It is a kind of different subject as well and the mystery was well done.

And now for the contest!!

Contest: Kregel Publishers is graciously donating a $50 gift card for the Litfuse Blog Tour Contest! Woo-hoo (thanks Kregel!) All you have to do to enter is either tweet (see TWEET THIS below) or share the book on Facebook using this link:

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1 comment:

Diane said...

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

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