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Lucifer's Harvest #9, in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton Series, by Mel Starr
King Charles of France has announced that he is confiscating Aquitaine, and Prince Edward has sent for knights and men at arms from England to assist him in opposing the French king. Lord Gilbert Talbot is required to provide five knights, twelve squires, and twenty archers and men at arms, and wishes his surgeon – Hugh de Singleton – to travel with the party, while Hugh’s wife Kate will oversee the castle. Among the party will be Sir Simon Trillowe, Hugh’s old nemesis and Kate’s former suitor, who had once set fire to Hugh’s house. After a brawl on the streets of Oxford Sir Simon had nearly lost an ear; Hugh had sewn it back on but it had healed crooked, and Simon blamed Hugh for the disfigurement. Finding himself in the same party, Hugh resolves not to turn his back on the knight – but it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back.
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
Series: Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton
King Charles of France has announced that he is confiscating Aquitaine, and Prince Edward has sent for knights and men-at-arms from England to assist him in opposing the French king. Lord Gilbert Talbot is required to provide five knights, twelve squires, and twenty archers and men-at-arms, and he wishes his surgeon--Hugh de Singleton--to travel with the party, leaving Hugh's wife Kate to oversee the castle in their absence.
It won't be an easy journey. Among the party will be Sir Simon Trillowe, Kate's former suitor, who had once set fire to Hugh's house. After a brawl on the streets of Oxford, Sir Simon had nearly lost an ear; Hugh had sewn it back on, but when it healed crooked, Simon blamed Hugh for the disfigurement.
Finding himself in the company of his old nemesis, Hugh resolves not to turn his back on the knight--but it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5INCREDIBLY ENTERTAINING!December 16, 2016MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When Mel Starr writes a new book I cannot wait to read it! His books are unique to historical novels with settings in the 1400s. An era you rarely see written about in fiction especially Christian fiction. I never cease to learn something new. His research has yielded such detail about every aspect of that time that people come to life. I especially am fascinated my Hugh de Singletons occupation as a surgeon and doctor. His mysteries continuously keep me guessing who the guilty party is and I never cease to be surprised! Also, his wonderful sense of humor adds even more entertainment.
Lord Gilbert Talbot, Hugh de Singletons employer is always assigning him jobs that have nothing to do with medicine. Hugh must oblige of course. In this story, he is taken to battle with Lord Gilbert. In war someone with medical knowledge and skills will be needed. He does not want to leave his family and knows the risk he might not return is real. This is definitely out of his comfort zone.
A far different setting than his other books, gives readers an opportunity to see how battles were conducted during that time and the lives of soldiers. It is 1370 and Prince Edward has called all soldiers and knights to battle to reclaim British territory that the King of France has seized.
Hugh must not only be cautious about being so near the battle, but also watch his back from an old enemy, knight, Sir Simon Trillowe. Sir Simon hates Hugh and holds a bitter grudge. When Sir Simon is found dead, his father and friends point the finger at Hugh as the murderer. In their eyes no one else has a motive. Lord Gilbert supports him and believes in his innocence. As usual he sends Hugh to find the murderer, except this time he is the suspect!! Quite a twist!
Sleuthing is a bit more challenging for the surgeon this time, being unfamiliar with the new area and not knowing anyone. None the less he sets out with great determination to clear his name. It was interesting to also learn the affects war had on civilians during that time. I am always impressed with Hughs commitment to God in all his conduct. He does not hesitate to treat and care for his enemies. I love his integrity.
My only complaint about this book is that it was shorter than the others. I would be happy if Mr. Starr would write one the size of War and Peace, but that would just leave me wanting more books. At the end of the book was the first chapter of his new upcoming book Deeds of Darkness. Looking forward to it! Another great book Mr. Starr! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Kregel Publications. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5great read, but too shortDecember 14, 2016MarkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This series is perhaps the most unusual suspense/mystery series that I read, being set in medieval times. Every time I think the series is done, the author comes out with another novel in the series and surprises me..... and I see there is a #10 slated, so I am happy.
Lucifer's Harvest is different from the others in the series in that Hugh travels further from his home than in the other books, and not for the purpose of solving a crime, but for being present during a war. Since this is a suspense series, there of course is a crime to solve, and one this time that he himself is accused of.
I was a bit disappointed in the length of the book. The others in the series tend to run over 250 pages at least, and this one came in at 160, short enough to be called a novella. I was just getting into the book when it ended.
It was still a great read though. I liked the different setting for the book, and the added difficulty of solving a murder he himself was accused of made the task of Hugh solving the crime all the more interesting. As always, Starr does a great job of describing medieval methods of doctoring and solving crimes. I enjoyed the book a lot, and did find myself wishing it was longer.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5it has potential but fell a little shortDecember 1, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Hugh de Singleton is summoned with his employer, Baron Gilbert, by Prince Edward to go to battle against France. Hugh is taken along not in his role as bailiff, but as a surgeon to treat battle wounds. He leaves behind his wife Kate and two young daughters not knowing if he will return or be the victim in battle, even though he isnt in the fighting ranks. Upon reporting to their first stop on the journey to Dover, England where they will then cross the English Channel into France, Hugh makes an unsettling discovery. His old enemy Sir Simon Trillowe is among the other fighting men called by Prince Edward.
Sir Simon holds no love for Hugh and goes out of his way to let Hugh know that he still holds a major grudge. However, while waiting for the battle to begin, Sir Simons body is found face down in a poisoned well. Hugh is the first suspect as he and Simon have had a couple of run-ins at the encampment. Hugh enlists Baron Gilberts help and they both persuade Prince Edward to give Hugh time to find the real murderer. Hugh ferrets out the guilty party and a confrontation ensues.
While the story is good, I kind of felt cheated at this abbreviated novel. In the past, his novels are usually about fifty pages longer with more time spent with Hugh, his internal musings that I find very interesting and sometimes funny, as well as his interactions with other characters. This one definitely surprised me in a negative way and that is that homosexuality or perversion, as it was referred to in the book, was included. I did like the setting of France and the details about the life of a medieval soldier. I love Hughs wit and tenacity in his search for the culprit. I look forward to reading more medieval tales of the adventures of Hugh de Singleton in the future, but now I will be a bit wary as to the contents. Book ten is titled Deeds of Darkness, but as of now there is no release date.