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Lucifer's Harvest

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4/5 (12 valoraciones)
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191 página
3 horas
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Aug 19, 2016
ISBN:
9781782641896
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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 wishes his surgeon - Hugh de Singleton - to travel with the party, while Hugh's wife Kate will oversee the castle. Among the party will be Sir Simon Trillowe, Hugh's old nemesis and 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 it had healed crooked, and Simon blamed Hugh for the disfigurement. Finding himself in the same party, Hugh resolves not to turn his back on the knight - but it is Sir Simon who should not have turned his back.

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Aug 19, 2016
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  • (5/5)
    When Mel Starr writes a new book I cannot wait to read it! His books are unique to historical novels with settings in the 1400’s. An era you rarely see written about in fiction especially Christian fiction. I never cease to learn something new. His research has yielded such detail about every aspect of that time that people come to life. I especially am fascinated my Hugh de Singleton’s occupation as a surgeon and doctor. His mysteries continuously keep me guessing who the guilty party is and I never cease to be surprised! Also, his wonderful sense of humor adds even more entertainment.Lord Gilbert Talbot, Hugh de Singletons’ employer is always assigning him jobs that have nothing to do with medicine. Hugh must oblige of course. In this story, he is taken to battle with Lord Gilbert. In war someone with medical knowledge and skills will be needed. He does not want to leave his family and knows the risk he might not return is real. This is definitely out of his comfort zone.A far different setting than his other books, gives readers an opportunity to see how battles were conducted during that time and the lives of soldiers. It is 1370 and Prince Edward has called all soldiers and knights to battle to reclaim British territory that the King of France has seized. Hugh must not only be cautious about being so near the battle, but also watch his back from an old enemy, knight, Sir Simon Trillowe. Sir Simon hates Hugh and holds a bitter grudge. When Sir Simon is found dead, his father and friends point the finger at Hugh as the murderer. In their eyes no one else has a motive. Lord Gilbert supports him and believes in his innocence. As usual he sends Hugh to find the murderer, except this time he is the suspect!! Quite a twist! Sleuthing is a bit more challenging for the surgeon this time, being unfamiliar with the new area and not knowing anyone. None the less he sets out with great determination to clear his name. It was interesting to also learn the affects war had on civilians during that time. I am always impressed with Hugh’s commitment to God in all his conduct. He does not hesitate to treat and care for his enemies. I love his integrity.My only complaint about this book is that it was shorter than the others. I would be happy if Mr. Starr would write one the size of “War and Peace”, but that would just leave me wanting more books. At the end of the book was the first chapter of his new upcoming book “Deeds of Darkness”. Looking forward to it! Another great book Mr. Starr! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Kregel Publications. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  • (3/5)
    Mel Starr must have been a gifted teacher. I learn something about the Middle Ages every time I read another book about Master Hugh. Lord Gilbert is called to gather men and sail to France to fight on behalf of Prince Edward, and naturally, Lord Gilbert wants his surgeon along for the trek. Unfortunately for Master Hugh, Sir Simon is also among the men called to fight. Once again Master Hugh is called to solve a murder, and he also faces tragedy. It's a short but enjoyable addition to the Master Hugh de Singleton saga.
  • (3/5)
    Title: Lucifer’s Harvest (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #9)Author: Mel StarrPages: 148Year: 2016Publisher: Lion FictioinMy rating is 3 stars.Hugh de Singleton is summoned with his employer, Baron Gilbert, by Prince Edward to go to battle against France. Hugh is taken along not in his role as bailiff, but as a surgeon to treat battle wounds. He leaves behind his wife Kate and two young daughters not knowing if he will return or be the victim in battle, even though he isn’t in the fighting ranks. Upon reporting to their first stop on the journey to Dover, England where they will then cross the English Channel into France, Hugh makes an unsettling discovery. His old enemy Sir Simon Trillowe is among the other fighting men called by Prince Edward.Sir Simon holds no love for Hugh and goes out of his way to let Hugh know that he still holds a major grudge. However, while waiting for the battle to begin, Sir Simon’s body is found face down in a poisoned well. Hugh is the first suspect as he and Simon have had a couple of run-ins at the encampment. Hugh enlists Baron Gilbert’s help and they both persuade Prince Edward to give Hugh time to find the real murderer. Hugh ferrets out the guilty party and a confrontation ensues.While the story is good, I kind of felt cheated at this abbreviated novel. In the past, his novels are usually about fifty pages longer with more time spent with Hugh, his internal musings that I find very interesting and sometimes funny, as well as his interactions with other characters. This one definitely surprised me in a negative way and that is that homosexuality or “perversion”, as it was referred to in the book, was included. I did like the setting of France and the details about the life of a medieval soldier. I love Hugh’s wit and tenacity in his search for the culprit. I look forward to reading more medieval tales of the adventures of Hugh de Singleton in the future, but now I will be a bit wary as to the contents. Book ten is titled Deeds of Darkness, but as of now there is no release date.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
  • (4/5)
    Prince Edward has requested that Lord Gilbert Talbot provide soldiers for a battle in France. And so it is that Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, reluctantly leaves his growing family in Bampton, not to fight, but to treat the wounded. Along the way Master Hugh has a run-in with his nemesis, Sir Simon Trillowe. Master Hugh vows not to let his guard down. Unfortunately, when Sir Simon ends up the victim of foul play, naturally everyone blames Master Hugh. With the help of his allies, Master Hugh has little time to investigate in order to try to clear his name before the battle begins. The Bottom Line: The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon is a cozy mystery series that I always look forward to reading. The 9th installment is a page-turner. It's a very quick and enjoyable read. Pluse, I always learn something new about medieval life. Those new to the series will find ample backstory included without having to read the books in order. Enthusiastically recommended to fans of medieval mysteries, Christian fiction, and cozies.
  • (5/5)
    Lucifer's Harvest is the 9th (oh my word) book in the Hugh de Singleton chronicles. I've read half of them so far and this one is the best one yet in my opinion. Hugh's liege Lord Talbot is required to travel to France with soldiers to help the Prince take back some conquered land from the French. Lord Talbot decides he wants his surgeon along (a reasonable expectation when going to war!) and so Hugh finds himself traveling to France for the second time in his life, this time with an army.Hugh's nemesis Sir Trillowe is among the troop and he still hasn't forgiven Hugh for past issues (even though Trillowe is the one behind his own problems). Turns out someone else found issue with him too. Hugh is blamed for the death by the man's father. As such Lord Talbot tasks him with finding the culprit to save his neck from being stretched, and the prince agrees with the undertaking.This was an excellent addition to the series and I can't wait to catch up with the few I've missed to date!
  • (4/5)
    The tenth installment of The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon, Lucifer’s Harvest, continues the adventures of Master Hugh as he accompanies the military campaign of Prince Edward of England as he seeks to recover his lands in Acquitaine. Hugh’s role of surgeon may keep him out of direct military involvement, but it does not keep him from danger. The death of his nemesis mobilizes Hugh to uncover the murderer before he finds himself on the end of a rope.Mel Starr does a great job of bringing medieval society to life. In Lucifer’s Harvest, the emphasis is on war. Starr’s impeccable research is evident in the detail portrayed in the story. Warfare was very different in the 14th century than it is today, and I found the strategy and weapons used very interesting. Hugh, as always, is resourceful in his investigations. With only limited understanding of science and forensics, his intelligence and intuition keep him on track. Hugh is dedicated to truth in all things. His religious views border on the heretical for the time, but add to the thoughtfulness of his examination of human motives and God’s justice. Lucifer’s Harvest is a bit darker than Starr’s previous books. Life is precarious and death comes for all, young and old. The pragmatism in a time of low life expectancies and high child mortality does not subtract from the grief and sorrow of a loss.It is not necessary to read the previous 9 books of the series to enjoy Lucifer’s Harvest, but I definitely recommend beginning from the beginning of this series. All the books get a recommended rating from me.Recommended.Audience: adults.(Thanks to Kregel for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
  • (5/5)
    This was really good! I am a huge fan of mysteries, with historical mysteries in the top ten of my favorites. I'd not heard of this particular series before, but I am going to remedy that. Hugh de Singleton is a surgeon in the time of Prince Edward. Hugh is skilled at what he does, helping and healing. He also is a good investigator. It's especially helpful in this entry as he is accused of murder. I think the best part of this mystery, besides the story itself, was the glossary in the front of the book. It gives definitions to pretty much all of the words of that time. The ones like articles of clothing or the time of day or food. Braes - medieval underpants. Not sure I knew that before I read this book. The characters, the atmosphere, the mystery...all excellently done. I look forward to starting at the beginning of this series and reading them all.Definitely recommend.
  • (4/5)
    As a fan of historical novels I eagerly anticipated the receipt of this short book transpiring during medieval times in England and France. However, I did not foresee it would take me a while to get used to Mel Starr's writing style perhaps since he is known to be an expert on Medieval English. Fortunately a very valuable feature of the book centers on three useful tools, a glossary of terms, a crystal clear map and an afterword. All these items I would like to see more often in historical novels. Although this is the ninth book in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton the novel clearly stands alone.Hugh, a surgeon, is ordered by Lord Talbot to accompany him and the king to do battle in France. In the course of the story an enemy of Hugh is puzzling murdered. And that's what transforms this into a well plotted mystery.It's easy to see that Starr can sustain this series. His ability to bring characters to life and to paint realistic and detailed settings marks the way ahead for a clear path to more chronicles of Hugh in the future.
  • (4/5)
    I read this having received it for free through LibraryThing's 'early reviewers'. I'll confess to having judged the book by it's cover first - a very bright and to me not that engaging cover which worried me as to the contents! This is, I freely admit, shortsighted; and indeed I was very pleasantly surprised. This isn't a long book; I read it in one evening. I have read a few Bernard Cornwell 'Last Kingdom' novels recently and been impressed so this was up against what I perceived to be stiff competition. Mel Starr, however, appears to have done the homework, and I felt fully transported to a time unfamiliar to us but about which I was provided much detail and useful information. As the ninth in the series I wondered if I would find parts unfathomable because of links with previous instalments but this book worked well as a standalone. This was a short but engaging story, well focused on a single event to adequately provide both sufficient plot and detail. I really was very impressed and would eagerly read earlier and future instalments.
  • (4/5)
    I have read several in the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon by Mel Starr and found each to be entertaining, enlightening as to the historical aspects, and refreshing. I was looking forward with delight to another Hugh de Singleton read and romp through the paths and over the streams of medieval England. That was not the case in this shortened episode in the ongoing tale.This story centers around the battle between English (Prince Edward) army and the France ending with the routing of the French from Limones. It is essentially the march of the English toward French after crossing the English Channel, the encampment, and the activities of the men in the entourage of the Prince.Hugh de Singleton becomes embroiled in solving the murder of a soldier and is given latitude to try find the true murderer because of a certainty Hugh de Singleton did no murder. Singleton proceeds with his usual methodical analysis of location, people, and deeds and does come to the solution; and in finding out who did it, the cause becomes apparent. The deed was accomplished by and as a result of a perversion.I was surprised that perversion was a part of one of these stories. It was handled well and as Singleton said, "You cannot escape death..... No man can do so. But you may escape sin. To those who confess their wickedness the Lord Christ is merciful, though men are not. The Lord Christ judges a man, I think, not by where he has been, but by where he is going - the way he faces."DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel to facilitate an honest review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.
  • (4/5)
    My first foray into the Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, medieval mystery series and a very enjoyable outing This novella was a simple story that kept me guessing with a bit of a moral twist, as Hugh tries to live the injunctions of the Bible. Hugh accompanies his lord, Gilbert Talbot, to France, along with Prince Edward, the "Black Prince", and we see the English army at the siege of Limoges. The dead body of Sir Simon Trillowe, no friend to Hugh, is found stuffed down a well, and suspicion falls on Hugh as murderer, so Hugh is out to prove his innocence and to find the real culprit through his sleuthing and forensic talent. I enjoyed the details of medieval life and surgery of that period. I know I will be reading other books in this series; this "chronicle" was so good. Highly recommended.
  • (5/5)
    I was a little nervous going into this - mysteries aren't usually my thing. This - this has me hooked. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series. Works great as a standalone read, Mwl Starr is an amazing storyteller, and this tale will suck you in and keep you wondering until the last. You won't want to put this thrilling mystery down.Received for review