Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $14.99
  • Save: $3.38 (23%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
A Trail of Ink (Chronicle... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ex-library book. The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

A Trail of Ink (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon) Paperback – January 3, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$11.61
$5.99 $0.94

The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries) by Charles Todd
"The Shattered Tree" by Charles Todd
A World War I battlefield nurse goes to dangerous lengths to uncover a soldier’s background—and his true loyalties—in this thrilling mystery. Learn more | See related books
$11.61 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 12 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • A Trail of Ink (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon)
  • +
  • Unhallowed Ground (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon)
  • +
  • A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon)
Total price: $39.95
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (January 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854249746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854249746
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
In the third chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff, Hugh is asked to find twenty-two books that were stolen from John Wyclif (fourteenth-century theologian and church reformer), who was Hugh's mentor at Oxford.

It seems likely (but not certain) that the theft is connected with someone at the university, which Hugh describes as "a den of scholarly vipers." Hugh's investigation meanders at first, but in the end there are enough fights, wounds and deaths to warrant calling this academic mystery "action packed."

How Aristotle and Euclid could incite murder and mayhem might perplex modern readers, but in medieval times books were precious and pricey. A scholar rarely acquired as many as twenty books in a lifetime.

Author Mel Starr, historian and scholar of medieval surgery, gives us a fascinating picture of medieval life among scholars, lords, sheriffs, surgeons, shopkeepers, monks and marriageable young women.

I always look forward to dinner in these books too - fabulous fare like pork in pepper sauce, pear-and-herb fritters and eels baked in vinegar and spices.

In A Trail of Ink, Hugh divides his time between finding Wyclif's books and courting Kate, an Oxford stationer's comely daughter. Both pursuits turn out to be life threatening.

Although Hugh is a brilliant surgeon, he's a timid lover and a self-effacing (though determined) investigator. He faithfully chronicles all his mistakes and ineptitudes, and when he succeeds, credits the Lord. He also invites and listens to advice. His modesty is quite charming.

I'm enjoying this series. When I'm reading escapist literature, I'm always pleased to learn something, and Mel Starr is a good medievalist. For fullest enjoyment of Hugh de Singleton's thoughtful character, I'd recommend reading the chronicles in order: (1) Unquiet Bones, (2) A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel and (3) A Trail of Ink.
Comment 47 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I like this series of books. They are totally different from the suspense/mystery novels I read. This series is set in the 1300's, which requires methods of detecting and investigating than what we have today.

The main character is Hugh de Singleton, who is both a surgeon and bailiff. As I commented on an earlier book in this series, I find the methods of surgery and doctoring in that day fascinating.

This book, Trail of Ink, starts off a bit slowly, but then picked up and grabbed my interest. The story involves stolen books, and I figured it wasn't going to be a story involving murder and mayhem, but I was wrong. Thought it may have been slower getting to the suspenseful moments than the two books that preceded this one, it has a lot of suspense in it also, and even some romance thrown in - although that is also a lot different than modern day romances.

The author has studied medieval surgery and medieval English, and that comes across in the book. Reading his books are like stepping into medieval times. He paints a great picture of what life was like in that day, and adds mystery and suspense to make it even more enjoyable.

I have one complaint about the book. There is a glossary in the front of the book to define some of the unfamiliar words in the book, but there are still several used that are not in the glossary. I would have liked a definition of those also.

I highly recommend this series. No, it isn't like reading a fast paced suspense novel set in modern times, but this book, and the other two in the series, make an enjoyable read and you won't be disappointed.
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Thoroughly researched and well written, A Trail of Ink drew me with the writer's individual and unique style. It took me a few pages to get used to it, but as the mystery continued, I grew to really like the way it was written. Sounding everything like a personal diary of Hugh's, it reminded me of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books.

Hugh was a pretty interesting character. He had a very funny sense of humor - I found myself chuckling at a few points in the book. His courtship with Kate was very cute. She seemed a very strong character and I love how she put Hugh at ease with calling on her. They will make the perfect couple.

The characters in the book were all very well fleshed out in just about every way except appearance. Since this book was written like Hugh's own personal diary, I can understand how guys wouldn't be taking up a few paragraphs to describe how a person looks. But it would have been nice to know what Kate looked like beyond extremely comely, or what Jack looked like beyond immense in stature and strength. But, while these details would have been nice, it didn't ruin the book for me. I still was able to connect with the characters - obviously, because it is written as a personal diary, I connected with Hugh the most. But I grew to really like Jack's protectiveness and Kate's fearlessness and strength. Wonderful characters!

The mystery was well thought out. And using John Wyclif's books as the object to center a mystery around was brilliant on the part of the author. Very unique. The mystery made me realize how prized books were back then, in comparison to now - where they are nearly growing out our ears! (Not that that's a bad thing!
Read more ›
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

A Trail of Ink (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: A Trail of Ink (Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon)