Review of Ashes to Ashes: a Medieval Mystery by Mel Starr

Leah Courtney
I read the synopsis for Ashes to Ashes and was very intrigued. Although I love historical fiction and especially enjoy those set in the Middle Ages, I'd never really read a Middle Ages mystery novel. In Ashes to Ashes I was introduced to Master Hugh de Singleton. He works as bailiff and surgeon for a medieval Lord, and he's apparently very good at stumbling into adventures because this is book eight in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon.

Review of Ashes to Ashes, a medieval mystery

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In this installment, Hugh sets off to investigate the death and potential murder of person whose bones are found in the ashes of the Midsummer's Eve fire. His investigations send him off on a few tangents, and he eventually stumbles into a mystery surrounding the missing bailiff of a close village. Hugh faces danger and the threat of violence or death to continue pursuing the answers and discover the truth about the bones found in the ashes.

I have to say that I really loved this book. I was pleasantly surprised. As I said earlier, I've never read a medieval mystery, and I've never read this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Hugh is a very likable hero. His character is well-developed, and I enjoyed getting to know him. The story is told in first person from his perspective, but from his relationships with those around him, we're introduced to a great cast of compelling characters.

Hugh's adventures unfold with suspense and humor in turns. This was a true whodunnit read, keeping me guessing about the outcome throughout the book.

I'm sure to look for other Hugh de Singleton adventures. I was able to read this fine as a stand alone, although there were a few references to previous events. I give Ashes to Ashes 5 stars and a PG rating. You can find the book on Amazon here and on Kregel here.

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