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Friday, February 5, 2016

#REVIEW: Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr

Title: Ashes to Ashes
Series: #8 in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon
Author: Mel Starr
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Published Date: November 27, 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781782641339
 Buy It Link: Amazon
Synopsis: The morning after the festivities of Midsummer's Eve, the villagers of Bampton make a grisly discovery

Master Hugh, Kate, and their children attend the Midsummer’s Eve fire. The next morning Hugh hears the passing bell ring from the Church of St. Beornwald, and moments later is summoned. Tenants collecting the ashes to spread upon their fields have found burned bones.
Master Hugh learns of several men of Bampton and nearby villages who have gone missing recently. Most are soon found, some alive, some dead. Master Hugh eventually learns that the bones are those of a bailiff from a nearby manor. Someone has slain him and placed his body in the fire to destroy evidence of murder.
Bailiffs are not popular men; they dictate labor service, collect rents, and enforce other obligations. Has this bailiff died at the hand of some angry tenant? Hugh soon discovers this is not the case. There is quite another reason for murder . . .

My rating: 4 Stars

My review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is the 8th in a series. Series are tricky things, either the books can be stand alones or they cannot. This is one of those books that can stand alone. The author does a superb job of introducing the characters and giving enough background information throughout the book the reader doesn't need to read the previous books to understand. The author also has a glossary at the beginning of the book, which at first I just glanced through and started the book. The author does such a superb job of writing as if we are in the medieval times that I found myself having to refer back, quite often, to the glossary. That may have stuttered the storyline a little, having to refer to it, however, that negative is offset by the use of that vocabulary which puts the reader in the story itself.
This was a very interesting little Historical mystery that had enough twists in it to keep me reading up to the very end.

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