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RELATED TITLES UNIQUE SELLING POINTS 978-1-78264-133-9 14.99 Paperback 5 x 7.75 256 pages Fiction Historical Lion Fiction Rights NA November 27 2015 The morning after the festivities of Midsummers Eve the villagers of Bampton make a grisly discovery Master Hugh Kate and their children attend the Mid- summers Eve fire. The next morning 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 labor 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... Mel Starr was born and grew up in Kalamazoo Michigan. After graduating with a masters in history from Western Michigan University in 1970 he taught history in Michigan public schools for thirty-nine years thirty-five of those in Portage where he retired in 2003 as chair of the social studies department of Portage Northern High School. Mel and his wife Susan have two daughters and seven grandchildren. 18 FICTION ISBN 978-1-78264-133-9 9 7 8 1 7 8 2 6 4 1 3 3 9 Ashes to Ashes Mel Starr The Unquiet Bones 978-1-78264-030-1 14.99 A Corpse at St Andrews Chapel 978-1-78264-032-5 14.99 Well over 100000 sold of this popular series The eighth investigation for Hugh de Singleton medieval surgeon-turned-sleuth THE CHRONICLES OF HUGH DE SINGLETON SURGEON