17 Aug 2018

First Line Fridays 36: Prince Edward's Warrant by Mel Starr

This week I am sharing the first line not from the book I am currently reading, but from a book I received recently, and hope to start reading soon. I'm going away next weekend, and this book is going to be coming with me. 

Prince Edward's Warrant is the latest installment in the ongoing medieval mystery series, The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon. Its the eleventh title in the series, and actually is not due for release in the UK the 24th August but thanks to the lovely team at Lion Fiction, I was sent a copy a couple of weeks early. 

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton are literally one of my favourite series- ever. I'll happily gush about the books, and receiving the latest title in August or September has become one of the highlights of my reading year.
The series recounts the adventures Hugh, youngest son of a knight who becomes a  surgeon and bailiff in late 14th century Oxfordshire. Although two of the most recent stories have expanded the scope of the series to outside the county: one was set in France, and this one is set in London I think. 

Master Hugh won the Black Prince’s* favour when he helped 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…

I have another little Meme for today's first line:

 Remember to click the meme to see what the other members of the group are reading: or comment with your own First Line



  1. Happy Friday!
    The book I am sharing on my blog today is A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal but the book I'm currently reading is The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright. Since it was my FLF last week I'll share the first line from chapter 20 where I am now: "'You know you live in a creepy old house, don't you?' Christen stood from her chair at the kitchen table and retrieved the bag of mint Oreos from the counter." Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of reading time! :)

  2. Happy Friday! My first line (actually first 2 and the little poem before) is from "A Little Ray of Sunshine" by Kimberly Rae Jordan.

    "(Shadows around me, shadows above me
    Never conceal my Savior and Guide:
    He is the light, in Him is no darkness,
    Ever I'm walking close to His side.)

    Ryan McFadden looked at each of the men gathered around the large boardroom table. He searched the familiar faces for any sign of the unease that sat so heavy in his gut."

  3. Happy Friday! My first line comes from Long Way Gone by Charles Martin.

    I'd seen him before.

  4. Happy Friday!

    Today I shared the first line of one of my next reads In Another Time by Caroline Leech. It's a YA historical romance set during WWII in the Scottish Highlands. Here, though, I'll share something from the book I am currently reading, See All the Stars by Kit Frick. I'm on chapter 31 now so I'm going to share the first line of that chapter.

    I grabbed Jenni before fourth, on our way into the sky dome.

    Enjoy your weekend. May it be filled with great books ������

  5. Happy Friday! I’m featuring lines from Julia Wolf’s Cut Free on my blog today.

    Here, I’m sharing lines from Susan Stoker’s Defending Allye.

    “So I’ll see you back at the rendezvous point, right?” Black asked.
    “Absolutely,” Gray told his friend and partner as he readied himself to slip over the side of the fiberglass boat into the Pacific Ocean.

  6. I'm sharing from True Grit by Charles Portis today, here is a line from the ebook at 7%:

    "If Papa had a failing it was his kindly disposition. People would use him. I did not get my mean streak from him."

    Happy Friday!

  7. This book sounds so interesting! Happy reading and have a lovely weekend!

    1. They're very good if you like English mysteries!

  8. On my blog, I've shared the first line from Kim Vogel Sawyer's upcoming novel Ours For a Season. Right now, I'm just finishing up As the Tide Comes In by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall. I'm going to share the first line from chapter 36 here:

    "Luella drove toward church as Tara fidgeted with notes to her speech."

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time! 😃📚

  9. I've never even heard of this series - thanks for sharing!

    I'm sharing from Know You More by Jan Thompson on my blog - it's the latest addition to my never-ending to-read pile. And it's currently free on Kindle (for around another 24 hours).

    1. Yeah, this series has been around for quite a long time. The first book came out 11 years ago. Its odd though that its pretty well known in the general market, but not necessarily very well known in the inspy market.

  10. I love this series so much! I didn't realize another one was releasing already. Can't wait to read it!


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