Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Lucifer's Harvest by Mel Starr

Book description:

Lord Gilbert Talbot must provide soldiers for Prince Edward's battle in France. He wishes his surgeon--Hugh de Singleton--to travel with the war party to tend any injuries. Among those on the road is Sir Simon Trillowe, Hugh's old nemesis, who had once torched Hugh's house.

Finding himself in the same war party, Hugh resolves to watch his back in the presence of the knight, who is still holding a grudge. But it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back....

When Trillowe's body is found, many suspect Hugh has wreaked revenge on his adversary. To clear his name, Hugh must once again riddle a reason for murder.

My review:

  This series is perhaps the most unusual suspense/mystery series that I read, being set in medieval times. Every time I think the series is done, the author comes out with another novel in the series and surprises me..... and I see there is a #10 slated, so I am happy.

  Lucifer's Harvest is different from the others in the series in that Hugh travels further from his home than in the other books, and not for the purpose of solving a crime, but for being present during a war. Since this is a suspense series, there of course is a crime to solve, and one this time that he himself is accused of.

  I was a bit disappointed in the length of the book. The others in the series tend to run over 250 pages at least, and this one came in at 160, short enough to be called a novella. I was just getting into the book when it ended.

 It was still a great read though. I liked the different setting for the book, and the added difficulty of solving a murder he himself was accused of made the task of Hugh solving the crime all the more interesting. As always, Starr does a great job of describing medieval methods of doctoring and solving crimes. I enjoyed the book a lot, and did find myself wishing it was longer.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Spring Arbor High School in 1960, and Greenville College (Illinois) in 1964. He received a MA in history from Western Michigan University in 1970. He taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years, thirty-five of those in Portage, MI, where he retired in 2003 as chairman of the social studies department of Portage Northern High School.

Mel married Susan Brock in 1965, and they have two daughters; Amy (Kevin) Kwilinski, of Kennesaw, GA, and Jennifer (Jeremy) Reivitt, of Portage, MI. Mel and Susan have seven grandchildren.

Lucifer's Harvest is available from Lion Hudson, part of the Kregel Publishing Group.