Ashes to Ashes By Mel Starr

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 even imagine his tone of voice and mannerisms as he speaks.
In each new book I learn even more history about the 14th century and the incredible medical practices during that time. I didn’t realize the surgeon was also the coroner, with only his backyard or kitchen table to gather information about the deceased!
In this 8th mystery a person’s bones are found in the ashes of a fire after the Midsummer’s celebration. I think this is Hugh’s hardest case to date. There is little to go on and the clues keep shifting from person to person. I began to wonder if he would be able to solve this one, but he did! It was very suspenseful! He and his family faced greater danger than ever before. As with all Mr. Starr’s books, I was entertained, captivated, and surprised! I would give this book six stars if I could! If you like history and mystery you want to read this book!
I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange or an honest review. The opinions I expressed are my own.


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