Friday, December 16, 2016

Lucifer’s Harvest by Mel Starr (Book Review!)

Lucifer’s Harvest (Book 9, The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon)

By Mel Starr

(received in exchange for an honest review)


Genre- Historical Fiction / Mystery

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 160

Age Group- Adult 

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-188-9

Lucifer's Harvest

Lord Gilbert Talbert and his soldiers need to go to Prince Edward in France.  Hugh de Singleton needs to go along as his surgeon.  Along the way, Hugh’s wife’s old beau, Sir Simon Trillowe, and his group join everyone.  Sir Simon holds a grudge against Hugh and has even burned his house, so Hugh knows he needs be aware of his surroundings.  Sir Simon has been known to try to hurt Hugh.

It turns out that it was Sir Simon who should have been more aware of his surroundings.  Hugh needs to find out who killed Trillowe, because he is being blamed.

About the Author-

Mel Starr and his wife have seven grandchildren and two daughters.  Starr grew up in Michigan and taught history in the Michigan public school system for 39 years.  He knows a lot about medieval English medieval surgery.  He currently lives in Michigan

My thoughts-

I haven’t read the first three books in this series.  I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Unhallowed Ground, The Tainted Coin, Rest Not in Peace, The Abbot's Agreement, Ashes to Ashes, and Lucifer’s Harvest.  I like that each one is a mystery, focuses on an early time period (late 1300's), and each book is well written. 

While this book was shorter than many of the other ones, it didn’t disappoint.  Hugh was able to help people and solve Sir Simon’s murder.  I like how Lord Gilbert is always there for Hugh.  He is always doing what he can for Hugh and his family, whether they are near or far. 

One of the best parts of the book is still the glossary.  It has been one my favorite sections in each book.  I enjoyed reading and learning about the clothing, food, and times of the year.  This section helps me learn about a time period I don’t know much about.

Hugh is certainly dedicated.  He is determined to find out who the dead man is and why he died.  I like his determination.  We all need to have his persistence and desire to make sure all wrongs are righted. 

I think this is an excellent book and series.  I’m looking forward to the next book, Deeds of Darkness

Readers who enjoy mysteries and/or historical fiction will enjoy this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Lucifer’s Harvest, by Mel Starr, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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