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12.14.2016

Lucifer's Harvest ~ Review

Lucifer's Harvest
Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, 
                                       surgeon #9
By Mel Starr

English holdings in France have been taken by King Charles of France and Prince Edward has determined to reclaim them. Unfortunately for Hugh de Singleton, Lord Gilbert Talbot has been requested to supply some of his men for the effort. As the surgeon to Lord Gilbert, Hugh's value in the forthcoming battle makes his duty unavoidable.

Leaving Kate, Bessie, Sybil behind is a great concern to Hugh as his return from France is anything but certain. And when Hugh learns that Sir Simon Trillowe is among those who will be going to France he has an even greater concern regarding his return home.

With war and the trials of travel death is expected but when a murder is the suspected cause of Sir Simon's untimely demise the man's past with Hugh makes the most likely suspect.  With his own life on the line Hugh must determine who had case to murder the man. The list of those with cause to dislike the man is long but did any have cause to take his life?

With his normal attention to detail Hugh, with the support of Lord Gilbert, and aided by Arthur uncovers evidence that contradicts what has been reported. Who is lying? The answer to this question may be the key to determining why. And when the why is answered the who is revealed.

Life is fragile and Hugh is about to discover yet again just how fragile it is.

Lucifer's Harvest takes the reader into the heart of 14th Century life and it's day-to-day workings. Life wasn't easy and one's future rested on the whims of kings and lords who ruled with little regard to the costs that their actions had upon their subjects.  The need to rule ever expanding territories taxed the strength's of the hardiest men and often left those who survived in a weakened state.

If you are in the mood for a mystery get ready to enjoy a medieval who-dun-it with this latest chronicle from the life of Hugh de Singleton.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectation of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.


About the Book:
King Charles of France has announced that he is confiscating Aquitaine, and Prince Edward has sent for knights and men-at-arms from England to assist him in opposing the French king. Lord Gilbert Talbot is required to provide five knights, twelve squires, and twenty archers and men-at-arms, and he wishes his surgeon--Hugh de Singleton--to travel with the party, leaving Hugh's wife Kate to oversee the castle in their absence.

It won't be an easy journey. Among the party will be Sir Simon Trillowe, Kate's former suitor, who had once set fire to Hugh's house. After a brawl on the streets of Oxford, Sir Simon had nearly lost an ear; Hugh had sewn it back on, but when it healed crooked, Simon blamed Hugh for the disfigurement.

Finding himself in the company of his old nemesis, Hugh resolves not to turn his back on the knight--but it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back.