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Mel Starr - Author

About the Author

Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating with a MA in history from Western Michigan University in 1970, he taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years, Since retiring he has focused on his highly successful novels. Mel and his wife, Susan, have two daughters and seven grandchildren.

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Prince Edward's Warrant

Prince Edward's Warrant

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2018

Master Hugh won the Black Prince's favour when he helped to ease the Prince's illness. Now, in the autumn of 1372, the prince is suffering a relapse and sends to Bampton for Master Hugh to attend him. While at dinner in Kennington Palace, Sir Giles, the knight who escorted Hugh to London, is stricken and dies. Poison! Sir Giles is not popular, and there are many who would gladly see the fellow done away with... except for Prince Edward. The Black Prince feels a debt to the slain man because of his heroic behaviour at the Battle of Crecy, where the knight stood firm with the prince when the fight seemed of uncertain outcome. Despite caring little for Sir Giles, Master Hugh must once again place himself in jeopardy and seek to uncover the perpetrator of the crime...

Kein Toter fur den Kirchhof

Kein Toter fur den Kirchhof

Author: Mel Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2016

"e;Es war zwei Wochen nach dem Weien Sonntag des Jahres 1366, als ein Rufen und Hammern an der Haustur mich von dem Brotlaib aufblicken lie, mit dem ich das nachtliche Fasten brach. Hubert Shillside war es, der da seine Knochel an meiner Tur aufschurfte. Er war auf dem Weg zur Burg und wollte, dass ich ihn begleitete. Ein Todesopfer war zu beklagen. An diesem Morgen hatte man Thomas atte Bridge gefunden - vom Ast einer Eiche hangend."e;Alles sieht nach einem Selbstmord aus. Aber Hugh de Singleton hat begrndete Zweifel daran - und bald auch einen ersten Beweis. Nun ist er verpfl ichtet, der Sache auf den Grund zu gehen. Thomas atte Bridge war ein bler Zeitgenosse gewesen und viele Menschen in Bampton haben gute Grnde, ber sein Ableben nicht allzu betrbt zu sein. Schon bald steckt Hugh in einem Dilemma: Er muss herausfi nden, wer einen gemeinsamen Feind ermordet hat und damit eventuell einen Freund anden Galgen liefern.

Tintenspur

Tintenspur

Author: Mel Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2016

Noch nie hatte ich Magister John Wyclif so aufgewuhlt gesehen. Einem Gelehrten die Bucher zu rauben, so erklarte er mir spater, sei ebenso verwerflich, wie einem Mann die Frau zu stehlen. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt vermochte ich nicht einzuschatzen, ob seine Meinung zutreffend war - denn ich hatte keine Frau und nur wenige Bucher."e;Oxford, im Jahr 1365. Was fr Magister Wyclif eine Katastrophe ist, erweist sich als gnstige Gelegenheit fr Hugh de Singleton, Burgvogt im Stdtchen Bampton, der sich mittlerweile einen Ruf als kriminalistische Sprnase erworben hat. Denn Wyclifs Bitte an Hugh, den Diebstahl aufzuklren, fhrt diesen nach Oxford - und damit in die Nhe der liebenswerten Tochter eines Oxforder Tintenmachers. Allerdings stt Hugh in Oxford auf erbitterte Gegner - und zwar nicht nur in seiner Suche nach den Bcherdieben. Irgendjemand ist sehr entschlossen, ihn aus dem Weg zu rumen. Schon bald befindet sich Hugh in einer uerst brenzligen Situation

Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2015

Master Hugh, Kate, and their children attend the Midsummer's Eve fire. Next morning early Hugh hears the passing bell ring from the Church of St. Beornwald, and moments later is summoned. Tenants collecting the ashes to spread upon their fields have found burned bones. Master Hugh learns of several men of Bampton and nearby villages who have gone missing recently. Most are soon found, some alive, some dead. Master Hugh eventually learns that the bones are those of a bailiff from a nearby manor. Someone has slain him and placed his body in the fire to destroy evidence of murder. Bailiffs are not popular men; they dictate labour service, collect rents, and enforce other obligations. Has this bailiff died at the hand of some angry tenant? Hugh soon discovers this is not the case. There is quite another reason for murder ...

Verraterische Gebeine

Verraterische Gebeine

Author: Mel Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

Was Uctred da gerade gefunden hatte, hielt er zunachst fur Schweineknochen. Warum sie in der Senkgrube am Fu der Burgmauer von Bampton lagen, wusste er nicht, und es war ihm auch gleichgultig. Dann entdeckte er den Schdel. Uctred hatte schon viele Schweine geschlachtet. Er kannte den Unterschied zwischen einem Schweinekopf und einem menschlichen Schdel. Lord Gilbert lie mich holen, damit ich mir die Knochen ansehe. Alle wussten, wessen Gebeine es wohl waren. Aber sie sollten sich irren. Oxford, im Herbst 1363. Hugh de Singleton hat sich in soeben als Chirurg niedergelassen. Whrend er aus dem Fenster starrt und auf erste Patienten wartet, wird er Zeuge eines Reitunfalls direkt vor seinem Haus - ein Glcksfall fr ihn, wie sich herausstellen soll. Hugh behandelt den verletzten Lord Gilbert mit Erfolg, und die Zufallsbegegnung ffnet ihm die Tren zu einer guten Position. Dass er damit auch unerwartet in die Aufklrung eines undurchsichtigen Mordfalls hineinverstrickt werden wird, kann Hugh noch nicht ahnen.

Unheilige Umtriebe

Unheilige Umtriebe

Author: Mel Starr Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

Es war der neunte Tag im April 1365, und ich wachte bei Tagesanbruch auf. Anders als ein guter Malvasier wurde der Tag mit der Zeit nicht besser. Dieser Tag ist mir nicht deswegen in Erinnerung geblieben, weil ich so fruh aufwachte, sondern warum - und wegen all der Dinge, die ich anschlieend erledigen musste. Ich blinzelte den Schlaf aus den Augen und stolperte zur Tr. Als ich sie ffnete, hatte Wilfred, der Torwchter, bereits die Hand erhoben, um erneut anzuklopfen. Es ist Alan der Bttel. Man hat ihn gefunden."e;Bampton Castle bei Oxford, 1365. Hugh de Singleton, Burgvogt und Chirurg, wird frhmorgens zu einem grausigen Fund gerufen. Alan, der Bttel des Dorfes, liegt in einer Hecke am Wegrand - mit zerfetzter Kehle und tiefen Kratzwunden am ganzen Krper. Sollte ein Wolf in der Gegend sein Unwesen treiben? Whrend Hugh den Toten untersucht, kommen ihm erste Zweifel. Aber er wird noch viele verschlungene Wege gehen mssen, bis er den rtselhaften Todesfall aufgeklrt hat.

The Abbot's Agreement

The Abbot's Agreement

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2014

My life would have been more tranquil in the days after Martinmas had I not seen the crows. Whatever it was that the crows had found lay in the dappled shadow of the bare limbs of the oak, so I was nearly upon the thing before I recognized what the crows were feasting upon. The corpse wore black. Master Hugh is making his way towards Oxford when he discovers the young Benedictine - a fresh body, barefoot - not half a mile from the nearby abbey. The abbey's novice master confirms the boy's identity: John, one of three novices. But he had gone missing four days previously, and his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death: the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh's sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him ...

Rest Not in Peace

Rest Not in Peace

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2013

Master Hugh is asked to provide a sleeping potion for Sir Henry Burley, a friend and guest of Lord Gilbert at Bampton Castle. Sir Henry, (with his wife, a daughter by a first wife, two knights, two squires, and assorted servants), has outstayed his welcome at Bampton Castle. The next morning after Master Hugh provides the potion, Sir Henry is found dead, eyes open, in his bed. Master Hugh, the target of the wife's wrath, is asked by Lord Gilbert to determine the cause of death ...

A Trail of Ink

A Trail of Ink

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2013

I had never seen Master John Wyclif so afflicted. He was rarely found at such a loss when in disputation with other masters. He told me later, when I had returned them to him, that it was as onerous to plunder a bachelor scholar's books as it would be to steal another man's wife. I had, at the time, no way to assess the accuracy of that opinion, for I had no wife and few books ...' So begins another delightful and intriguing tale from the life of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in the medieval village of Bampton, near Oxford, and bailiff of Bampton Castle at the behest of Lord Gilbert Talbot. Hugh sets his cap at the delightful Kate, who proves equally resourceful in the search for the missing books. Some very determined adversaries are out to stop him, permanently if necessary - but are they motivated by greed or a more personal animosity? Then the corpse of a poor scholar, who had tried to sell one of the books, is found in the river: but he had not simply drowned ...

Unhallowed Ground

Unhallowed Ground

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2013

Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cow-leys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so. Many of the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the priest John Kellet, atte Bridge's partner in crime in A CORPSE AT ST. ANDREW'S CHAPEL, was covertly in Bampton at the time atte Bridge died. Master Hugh is convinced that Kellet has murdered atte Bridge ' one rogue slaughtering another. He sets out for Exeter, where Kellet now works. But there he discovers that the priest is an emaciated skeleton of a man, who mourns the folly of his past life. Hugh must return to Bampton and discover which of his friends has murdered his enemy '

The Tainted Coin

The Tainted Coin

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2012

Fans of medieval mysteries will revel in Starr's lively blending of intriguing suspense and telling historical detail. - Library Journal It is the autumn of 1367. Master Hugh is enjoying the peaceful life of Bampton, when a badly beaten man is found under the porch of St. Andrew's Chapel. The dying man is a chapman -- a traveling merchant. Before he is buried in the chapel grounds an ancient, corroded coin is found in the man's mouth. Master Hugh's quest for the chapman's assailants, and his search for the origin of the coin, make steady progress - but there are men of wealth and power who wish to halt his search, and an old nemesis in league with them. Master Hugh, and his assistant, the groom Arthur, are determined to uncover the thieves and murderers, and the source of the chapman's coin. They do, but not before they become involved with a kidnapped maiden, a tyrannical abbot, and a suffering monk

Unhallowed Ground

Unhallowed Ground

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2011

Thomas atte Bridge, a man no one likes, is found hanging from a tree near Cow-leys Corner. All assume he has taken his own life, but Master Hugh and Kate find evidence that this may not be so. Many of the town had been harmed by Thomas, and Hugh is not eager to send one of them to the gallows. Then he discovers that the priest John Kellet, atte Bridge's partner in crime in A CORPSE AT ST. ANDREW'S CHAPEL, was covertly in Bampton at the time atte Bridge died. Master Hugh is convinced that Kellet has murdered atte Bridge - one rogue slaughtering another. He sets out for Exeter, where Kellet now works. But there he discovers that the priest is an emaciated skeleton of a man, who mourns the folly of his past life. Hugh must return to Bampton and discover which of his friends has murdered his enemy

A Trail of Ink

A Trail of Ink

Author: Mel Starr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2010

'I had never seen Master John Wyclif so afflicted. He was rarely found at such a loss when in disputation with other masters. He told me later, when I had returned them to him, that it was as onerous to plunder a bachelor scholar's books as it would be to steal another man's wife. I had, at the time, no way to assess the accuracy of that opinion, for I had no wife and few books ...' So begins another delightful and intriguing tale from the life of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon in the medieval village of Bampton, near Oxford, and bailiff of Bampton Castle at the behest of Lord Gilbert Talbot. Hugh sets his cap at the delightful Kate, who proves equally resourceful in the search for the missing books. Some very determined adversaries are out to stop him, permanently if necessary - but are they motivated by greed or a more personal animosity? Then the corpse of a poor scholar, who had tried to sell one of the books, is found in the river: but he had not simply drowned ...

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