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A Trail of Ink

Title:  A Trail of Ink (Hugh de Singleton #3)
Author:  Melvin R. Starr
Pages:  240
Year:  2010
Publisher:  Monarch Books
                Here is another fine book in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton mystery series.  As with the two prior books in the series, a glossary is included to help with some medieval vocabulary.  At the end of the book, there is an excerpt from the next book in the series as well.  The setting remains 1365, though now it is October.
                This adventure begins with a call for help to Hugh from his old teacher, Master John Wyclif, who has appeared in the prior book.  It seems all of his books have been stolen from his home and Master Wyclif is not getting from much help from the local law enforcement regarding the theft.  As part of his investigation, Hugh visits all the local stationer shops and book sellers.  So he visits Kate at her father’s stationer shop partly to inquire after the stolen books, but also to see Kate.  He has gained permission from her father to court her, but when he arrives at the shop there is another man there who is trying to gain Kate’s favor.  This new competition for Kate is none other than the local law enforcement’s son.  Hugh must juggle his responsibilities to Lord Gilbert as surgeon and bailiff, solve his former teacher’s mystery, and woo Kate as he has neglected her for a few months.
                Hugh begins questioning the people who live near Master Wyclif with Kate along and she makes a discovery that furthers the investigation.  Hugh finds Kate intelligent, thoughtful and logical.  Who would want to steal a teacher’s books?  Two of the books are sold by a poor struggling student at Oxford who is found dead in the river.  Did he kill himself due to his poor situation or was he murdered?  Here is another mystery for Hugh to solve.  With Kate and his trusty helper, Arthur, by his side, Hugh continues to follow the clues to solve the mysteries.  Can he win Kate’s heart and her hand in marriage?  After all, his competition is higher up on the social ladder than he.  Is one of the church staff involved in the theft?  Does someone from Hugh’s recent past appear in this mystery as well?
                I am enjoying this series greatly as Hugh matures and gains experience in life that helps him toward a brighter future.  He thinks about where God is during his sleuthing and His place in Hugh’s life.  I’m looking forward to the fourth book, so stay tuned to read my review. 
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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