• A Trail of Ink

  • Hugh De Singleton’s Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Mel Starr
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 skills to prove.

©2010 by Mel Starr (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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A bit tedious!

Who took the books?!! I enjoyed the first volume in this series. This one seemed very tedious and I felt like I had to make myself listen through to the end. Disappointed. Steven Crossley’s narration was wonderful as always!

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Another excellent historical novel by Mel Starr.

This novel furthers Hugh's relationship with John Wycliffe. Set in medieval Oxford, England the vocabulary and descriptions of everyday life are at the same time: believable, educational, and intriguing. I am not an historian, but the rich details in this work lead me to believe that the author has cut no corners in his research. thank you Mel, for an excellent read (listen).

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Excellent!

I love this series. The story is well structured, the characters are clearly drawn, the language has the mediaeval flavour without being irritating and the Steven Crossley does full justice to it. I am so glad there are more in the series.

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Marvelous, atmospheric medieval mystery

This is the third book in this wonderful series, this time with a bit of romance. I have high hopes for the next novels in the series when the wonderful Kate will contribute her wit and intelligence to solving the mysteries which the indefatigable Hugh de Singleton must solve as Bailiff of Lord Gilbert's domain in Bampton, a village on the outskirts of Oxford. A treasure of easy listening pleasure.

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Loving this series

If you are looking for a new mystery series, this is it. The main character, Hugh, is a likable fellow along with many of the main characters you get to know in his life. Over the course of the series you learn more about the town and surrounding area, as well. I'm not a huge fan of surgery gore, however the author handles these bits well, while informing us of the state of medical procedures during the 14th century. Don't hesitate if you are looking for cozy murder mysteries, similar to Bro Cadfael, less monks more towns people.

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Matters of the Head and the Heart

Bailiff and Surgeon Hugh De Singleton is commissioned by Master John Wyclif, well known scholar to find 22 books which were stolen from him. As he travels to Oxford in search of the missing books, he meets Kate Caxton in her father's stationers shop. Soon Hugh is dealing with matters of the heart, as well as well as searching for missing books. But Kate has another vying for her affections, which adds even more intrigue to Hugh's endeavors. An excellent entry into the series, which is filled with atmospheric details of the era. A satisfying listen all round.

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Enjoy a bit of history

Excellent reader and light text. Makes for enjoyable and relaxing listening. Recommended for all who enjoy historical fiction.

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  • taptoflow
  • 04-03-22

I enjoy the medieval setting

but the mystery is not that gripping. The constant repetitions get a little boring. It's a great listen for falling asleep to. Seriously.

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  • Loraine
  • 10-18-20

Interesting and enjoyable

Enjoyed this book, Well written and well read although far too many mentions of pottage.

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  • Steph H
  • 04-09-22

Great series

I'm doing a review for the whole series as I've left it so long since I started listening to them.

I would highly recommend this series and in fact I have done so to a number of people already. Very impressed with the writing, the research that seems to have been done and the historical accuracy is excellent.

Nice characters, good pace, interesting stories. Really interesting to see the ability of surgeons then and the ways Hugh deducts things.

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  • Lisa
  • 07-04-21

Not as good as the others in the series

Was waiting for something exciting to happen….still comparing this to the shardlake series . Too samey

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  • Uhtred
  • 04-10-21

Excellent story"

Well writteb and keeps up the momentum rightto the end. Good to find an author who is not afraid to show that a man can have a faith.

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  • David Williams
  • 02-16-21

A great listen

Best way to wake up on the 45 min drive to work and to wind down on the return leg is a good story. Loving this series by Mel Starr and the narration by Steven Crossley is absorbing.

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  • F1fan
  • 10-21-20

I’m liking Hugh even more!

I’ve enjoyed listening to these books in this series. Easy listening and interesting storylines. However I think this one’s the best story so far. With the best characters. I’ll be downloading the next in the series now!