Master Wycliffe’s Summons
One of Master John Wycliffe’s scholars is found dead after a thunderstorm. Was he stuck by lightning, or was there something more sinister to his death?
Scholar Richard Sabyn, a particularly obnoxious fellow, was believed to have been struck by lightning. However, Master Wycliffe believes otherwise and calls upon Sir Hugh de Singleton for help. Sir Hugh shares Wycliffe’s suspicions and launches a private investigation, learning that it might indeed be possible to make it look as though a man has died from a lightning strike. But who would go to all that effort, and why?
When fellow scholar Simon Duby dies, it raises even more questions and suspicions. What is the connection between the two men? Sir Hugh believes a bronze pot, a bucket of urine, and a small quantity of charcoal and brimstone may hold the key to understanding the deaths. During a bleak 1375, can he survive the insidious plague and several attempts on his life as he continues his quest for truth?
Reviews for Master Wycliffe’s Summons
'Once again, Mel Starr has created a wondrous portal to fourteenth-century England. His newest book is a welcome addition to the long-running series. A joy to read.' Davis Bunn, internationally best-selling author
'Mel Starr has done it again with another brilliant Sir Hugh de Singleton medieval mystery to keep readers guessing until the very end. […] I was there at the Queen’s College, dining on pottage, getting soaked in the rain in fourteenth-century Oxford – Mel always draws you into the experience.' Toni Mount, author of the Sebastian Foxley murder mystery series