A friend recently asked me why I didn't have more posts on my blog about books. And since I don't have much recent stitching in a state ready to show ANYONE, this seemed like the perfect time.....
.....especially since I've found a NEW series of medieval mysteries by author Mel Starr, featuring Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, living near Oxford c. 1375.
So far there are three in the series: The Unquiet Bones, A Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel, and A Trail of Ink. I've really been enjoying them!
I do find that each of my looooong list of series of historical who-done-its has a little different focus. In the case of the Master Hugh series, the author spends a lot of time with little details. . . mostly of ordinary daily life. . . woven in the the story-telling. Mel includes a lot about what folks are eating and wearing -- from the type of shoes a peasant might wear to the "high fashion" garb of a 14th century dandy. The focus seems mostly on quick glimpses about the life of "ordinary" people. . . which to my mind is most interesting. . . for example,. as what the type of hinges on the front door might say about the prosperity of a peasant family. The pace of these tales is fairly leisurely, which to me mirrors the slower pace of life of the time. . . and the fact that our hero, Master Hugh, is first a bailiff....then a surgeon, and only third a "detective."
I hardily recommend the series to those who read historical fiction both for the story AND the history. For folks who like fast paced suspense, these books may be a little tame.
I'm crossing my fingers this is just a start in a long series. . . especially since the authors of a number of my favorite many-volume series seem to be winding down.
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