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.
“Proving a man guilty of a felony is difficult enough. Proving innocence can be even more onerous.” (p. 56)
Hugh de Singleton surely has his work cut out for him in Mel Starr’s latest medieval mystery! I have been a huge fan of Starr’s work and his created surgeon’s work since I read the genesis of this series! The ONLY thing I could even begin to find fault with at this point is the length of Lucifer’s Harvest - a mere 160 pages! My venerable surgeon gets in quite the quagmire in this brief tale, so maybe the shorter length preserves his life for more adventures – at least I hope so!
I never cease to be amazed at the ancient science that provides all that is needed for Master Singleton to discover the answers he so desperately needs to find in this story. He is in a totally foreign place when he is all but forced to solve a murder. Believe you me, a LOT is riding on the answers he must find! You will be alarmed at how quickly this end of this novella approaches!
If you love a well-told murder mystery – medieval style – you will adore this entire series just as I do! Once again, I HIGHLY recommend Mel Starr’s novels!