Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes 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 collectin

  • Title: Ashes to Ashes
  • Author: Melvin R. Starr
  • ISBN: 9781782641339
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 soMaster 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 .

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    1. Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr is the latest in a series about medieval surgeon Hugh de Singleton. I have not read any of the previous books in the series, but enjoyed this one.Set in the 14th century, Hugh studied at Oxford and in Paris; for his time, Hugh has a most advanced medical education. In 1349 and again in the 1360's outbreaks of the Black Death devastated the population, creating a shortage of labor and social upheaval. This post-plague setting adds to the interest of the novel. Labor is [...]

    2. This was a very good reading experience for me in the Hugh de Singleton series. I have somehow missed the last several books in this series so it was nice to meet up with where the characters have advanced to since I last read about them.This book has some very good information for people who may not be familiar with reading medieval mystery novels. Author Mel Starr has included a Glossary in the front of the book to help with information specifically mentioned in this novel such as what dates a [...]

    3. Mel Starr in his new book, “Ashes To Ashes” Book Eight in the Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series published by Monarch Books returns us to Oxford in 1369 for another mystery involving the intrepid bailiff and surgeon.From the back cover: The morning after the festivities of Midsummer’s Eve, the villagers of Bampton make a grisly discoveryMaster 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, [...]

    4. Mel Starr delivers another quality medieval mystery set on one of the manors of 14th century England. I've followed the series since #1, and continue to be enchanted by Starr's depiction of "real life" during this historical period. There's so much to learn: from the daily diet of people (loaves, pottage, sometimes cheese or "capon"-chicken) to medieval medicine (lettuce seeds as soporific, surgery as a "lower trade" than medicine, to be practiced by anyone with a knife), to the politics of loca [...]

    5. I can not express how much I truly enjoy this series.These books are like the richest of desserts. You want to devour it quickly but know that you should nibble it slowly so as to enjoy it thoroughly from start to finish.Hugh de Singleton is the Columbo of his day. He just seems to ask the right questions, pause at the right times, and watch the answers come as they may. He definitely has a technique to getting the information he needs to solve the murders and I enjoy seeing the process unfold. [...]

    6. Another enjoyable entry in this series featuring Hugh de Singleton, surgeon and bailiff in Bampton, UK in the 14th century. A set of bones are discovered in the remains of the St. John's Eve fire when the farmers come to take the ashes to spread on their fields. As the skull was clearly bashed in, it appears murder has been done and Hugh must investigate as the Bailiff to Lord Gilbert. But when no one is reported missing initially, Hugh begins journeying to nearby villages to look a bit further [...]

    7. Read a bit out of order as this is the volume we happened to have in the shop!A good read, a mystery unfolding in neat steps and, as usual, Hugh's musings on life are interesting as a man of his times when what God, or Jesus, would think really was an integral part of everyday life.

    8. My favorite in my long running love affair with this series. Learned more than usual during a very satisfying low key mystery. Only two volumes left before I catch up to author's output rationing carefully. :)

    9. Although I’m a Cadfael fan, this was the only other Medieval Mystery series I had read until recently. I did recently make a foray into another popular series by an American author, but I prefer this one, as the other seemed a little too OTT. There is something constant, comfortably reliable about The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton. Those who have read other books in the series will expect not to find any deep political intrigue in the series, set as it is in fourteenth century rural Oxfordsh [...]

    10. Title: Ashes to Ashes (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #8)Author: Mel StarrPages: 224Year: 2015Publisher: Lion FictionHugh de Singleton, surgeon, bailiff and fourth son of a knight returns in his eighth adventure. This time a midsummer celebration in the village of Bampton with a huge bonfire is the setting for the beginning of the story. On the morning after the bonfire has burned out, some village men are gathering up the ashes when they discover a human skeleton. Hugh is immediately calle [...]

    11. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my journeys into the 1300s in the company of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon and Baliff. The author, Mel Starr, has a unique style that reads easily; and the prose and droll humor of Singleton makes this reader readily visualize characters as they engage one another and traipse along the countryside solving the mystery and crime of the moment.Not being encumbered with the fast pace and "stuff" of today's world, Hugh de Singleton thinks deeply and lucidly. Life is mor [...]

    12. This book was a different take from what I usually read. Set in medieval times, Master Hugh is a bailiff to Lord Gilbert and also a surgeon. After a body is found in the Mid Summer's Eve fire, he is on a quest to discover who's body it is. There is not much to go on, such as there would be today, and it is extremely interesting to read how things were done back then.The most difficult part of the book was the "old" English language that is used and often I needed to refer to the dictionary in th [...]

    13. This is one of those times I recommend not judging a book by its cover–at least, not the way I judged it. When I first saw this one, I nearly skipped right by it. Lucky for me, for some reason I decided to take a second look, and what I read about the premise was enough to persuade me to give it a try. So glad I did! (Btw, other covers in this series, such as this one, aren’t nearly so gruesome.)I don’t read a lot of mysteries these days, mainly, I think, because I haven’t found many tha [...]

    14. I am so hooked on Mel Starr’s books! Each time I finish one, I am sad and can’t wait for the next one to be published! His murder mysteries are for sure one of a kind!I never tire of Hugh de Singleton, Medieval sleuth, doctor and surgeon. The reader becomes involved in all aspects of his life, on every level: professional, social, spiritual, family, and emotional. Through him you step back over 700 years and experience living through his eyes. I love his fantastic wit and dry humor. I can ev [...]

    15. In Ashes to Ashes, the 8th book in Mel Starr’s Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton series, greed is the key motivation for crime. But just who is the greedy party? It seems most everyone has a reason for the murder of a fellow bailiff or at least a reason to cover it up. But Hugh has, besides a strong sense of justice, a stubborn streak that will not let go of a case, even when it turns dangerous.For fans of both mystery and history, Mel Starr’s books are a perfect fit. I love the detail he incl [...]

    16. This is the eighth book in this series, and I have read all eight and reviewed seven of them. They are Christian suspense/mystery, but not at all like what I normally read. These books are set in the 1300's in medieval times. The series has been a very enjoyable read, and I have always looked forward to a new book coming out in the series. This is the best book so far. There was a lot more suspense and mystery than the others in the series, though they had their share. Part of the mystery in thi [...]

    17. In Ashes to Ashes, Hugh de Singleton, bailiff to Lord Gilbert, is called upon to investigate a mysterious death. Though the death at first seems fairly straightforward, Hugh soon learns that there's more to the story, and he seeks to uncover a murderer. Along the way, he faces danger himself—and he finds several opportunities to use his skills as a surgeon.The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton are unique novels—I don't know of any other inspirational novels set in the Middle Ages that feature [...]

    18. England, 1369. Surgeon Hugh de Singleton, bailiff of Bampton, is summoned to examine human remains—bones—discovered in the ashes of the St. John’s Day bonfire, and the search for the victim’s identity is on. Clues wrested from reluctant villagers lead de Singleton into a web of secrets woven over decades in the nearby village of Kencott, whose bailiff, rumored to have been highborn, has gone missing.An engrossing tale of medieval forensics, Ashes to Ashes is narrated in lean prose by de [...]

    19. I've had the pleasure of reading all The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton by Mel Starr. These reads are outside my usual readings even though they are mysteries.There isn't a lot of fast action and the books are very historical. Mel Starr has done a lot of research in the early days of medical practices.By now, Master Hugh is married to Kate and they have children. So, as most families would Master Hugh and Kate take their family to the Midsummer's Eve fire. A celebration in the community. Then, [...]

    20. In the village of Brampton the annual Midsummer's Eve bonfire is a cause for celebration for all the villagers but the next day the bones of a man are found in the ashes. Surgeon and bailiff Hugh de Singleton takes it upon himself to investigate and his enquiries lead to a neighbouring village where the local bailiff has gone missing. Ascertaining that the body is that of the missing man Hugh looks for the culprit but the lord of the local manor has a already found the perpetrator and hung him. [...]

    21. "Ashes to Ashes" is a historical novel set in 1369 in England. It's the 8th book in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one. This novel referred to events from previous novels.The story contained many details about life during this time period, and these details were worked into the flow of the story. The story was told from a distant viewpoint. We're told what Hugh thought and did like he's telling us the story after the events. The characters were intere [...]

    22. Like everyone else on planet earth, my time is severely limited. I don't have time for frivolities unless it's going to be worth my while. When I received notification that another Hugh de Singleton book was coming out, it was a no brainer. I knew this would be a book that I would enjoy spending time on. Perusing. Reading. Enjoying. I wasn't disappointed. Set during the 1300's, we get a glimpse into the everyday life of peasants, lords, and bailiffs. Not many fiction books out there are written [...]

    23. 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 glanc [...]

    24. This is the only book I have read in this series. I found I really enjoyed it. Medieval surgeon Hugh de Singleton is called to where the ashes of the Midsummer's Eve fire are, as the men removing the ashes, found a body. Hugh then sets out to find out who the body belongs to. Some men in a neighboring community do not like his nosing around and asking questions and ambush him on his way home. Hugh has many obstacles to contend with trying to find out why this man was killed and who killed him.I [...]

    25. Seems to be a formula setting into these stories. However, the story is still worthy and I really like living in Bampton for a couple of days with Hugh and his family. I could see where this was going, but there is always some surprise to keep the reader guessing. Mr. Starr is educating me in an entertaining way. Recommend!

    26. I like this series, but this one was long on eating and traveling back and forth. Lots of complicated efforts going on that would suit today but with the way it ended, not good reason for that time period. The laws of the time are always interesting.The blurb for the next book as master and surgeon head off to France does sound interesting.

    27. These are always great reads, and Ashes to Ashes did not disappoint. This is one of the only series where my husband and I have a debate over who gets to read it first. It's hard to describe but Mel's writing, and Hugh de Singleton's way of "speaking" just feels so comfortable and homey. You just sink into the cushions and have a nice read for a few hours.

    28. I know it's petty, but I found it annoying that Hugh kept referring to his house as "Galen House" over and over through the book. For example "I returned to Galen House" rather than "I returned home". After he refers to it as Galen House 25 or 30 times it gets irritating. I'm not a huge fan of this series of books and this book was my least favorite.

    29. Very good "who donit". However, not quite the depth with stories in stories that has been typical of the series. I read it in less than a week only because of distractions. Lots of insight into the culture and laws in the mid-14th century through the eyes of a surgeon/bailiff.

    30. The latest in the Hugh De Singleton series. The series seemed to be losing steam, but with this one Starr is back on course. Solid writing, interesting plot - and all the great medieval detail that distinguishes this series.

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