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ISBN:
1847442986
Author:
Susanna Gregory
Category:
Mystery
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group; 1st edition (June 10, 2010)
Pages:
416 pages
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1951 kb
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1403 kb
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Rating:
4.4
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893


The Matthew Bartholomew Series. A plague on both your houses.

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Matthew Bartholomew's sixteenth adventure finds him racing to save the university When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse has been added to your Cart.

The sixteenth chronicle in the Matthew Bartholomew series. When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the College is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief, who is targeting rich pilgrims. Bartholomew and Michael soon learn that their various mysteries are connected, and it becomes a race against time to catch the killer-thief before the University explodes into a violent conflict that could destroy it forever.

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Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction, and is noted for her series of mediaeval mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a teacher of medicine and investigator of murders in 14th-century Cambridge

Also by Susanna Gregory The Matthew Bartholomew Series A Plague on Both Your Houses An Unholy Alliance A Bone of Contention A Deadly Brew . The Devil’s Disciples. The Killer of Pilgrims. Mystery in the Minster. The Thomas Chaloner Series.

Also by Susanna Gregory The Matthew Bartholomew Series A Plague on Both Your Houses An Unholy Alliance A Bone of Contention A Deadly Brew A Wicked Deed A Masterly Murder.

At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief, who is targeting rich pilgrims

The sixteenth chronicle in the Matthew Bartholomew series. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the University, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing increasingly dangerous, and that are dividing scholars into bitterly opposed factions.

When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the College is accused of foul play.

Bartholomew put on a last, desperate spurt of speed and made a grab for the reins, but the man kicked him away.

Susanna Gregory THE KILLER OF PILGRIMS 2010 For Geoff Parks Prologue Early Spring 1350, Canterbury At last, the Great Pestilence had relinquished its deadly grip. There had not been a new case in three months, and people were allowing themselves to hope that it had gone for good. It had left behind a terrible mark, though. Little stalls had been set up there, selling food, books, candles, clothing and anything else that travellers might need. The last booth was peddling pilgrim ‘badges’, its wares laid out in neat lines on a smart black cloth. Bartholomew put on a last, desperate spurt of speed and made a grab for the reins, but the man kicked him away.

When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the college is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief, who is targetting rich pilgrims. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the University, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing increasingly dangerous, and that are dividing scholars into bitterly opposed factions. Bartholomew and Michael soon learn that their various mysteries are connected, and it becomes a race against time to catch the killer-thief before the university explodes into a violent conflict that could destroy it forever.
  • Inth
I've read all the books in the Matthew Bartholomew series and I have enjoyed each one of them. I appreciate the great historical detail the author uses and she has an obvious understanding of the time, its people and its customs. She has created a very likable main character in Dr. Bartholomew and his companion, Brother Michael, is equally fun to read about. However, after more than a dozen installments in the series, the reader becomes aware of certain patterns in her writing and plots that do take away from the enjoyment of the stories. It seems that after reading all of the series' books, I can already tell who will be the villain/good guy/red herring in each of the stories within the first few chapters. The books don't much follow a central thread, so each story is basically a stand-alone that could mostly be read out of context and out of series.
However, despite a few minor issues, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and I will continue to read all future Matthew Bartholomew books as soon as they become available.
  • Heraly
Very interesting look at the place and role of pilgrimages during the times. It was also fun to know what Matthew had forgotten, when it was a really important tribute to his friend. Early universities were excellent places for a good mystery.
  • unmasked
This book is a good read and fun. The depth in characters is perhaps lacking a little. My feeling of history was weak.
  • Ximinon
Great copy and would do future purchases.
  • Arashilkis
Fine purchase.
  • ᴜɴɪᴄᴏʀɴ
I enjoy the characters in the book and they make me smile. Even though it is a murder mystery it is easy to read.
  • grand star
It is fairly obvious from my previous reviews of Gregory's novels that I consider her the finest medieval mystery author of her generation. Any Batholomew or Chaloner novel results in any current book being tossed aside as the latest literary mystery from the pen of the pseudonymal Gregory demands immediate attention. No other living author gets six stars from this reviewer; no other author quite such enthusiastic recommendations to friends and colleagues alike. The reason is that Gregory, aside from the prolific nature of her pen, each and every time creates mystery that is unfathomable. Multiple threads abound, some tied, some not. Victims are startling, murderers can be one or many. Politics and history walk hand in hand, the authenticity of Cambridge is carefully researched, the characters taken from real people, the action a plausible interpretation of actual events in fourteenth century England. At the heart of it all, two likeable characters. Senior Proctor Michael and his Corpse Examiner, Matthew Bartholomew make a sleuthing pair to rival Holmes and Watson at their finest. The spray of supporting Michaelhouse characters such as Rougham, Langelee, Agatha, Cynric, William et al. are a joy to read about.
Enough of the effusive praise. It is well merited by this author.
So..."The Killer of Pilgrims"...we have a misinformed and psychotic killer stealing signacula in an attempt to gain a place at God's table. Many readers will know of medieval pardoners through the bad press of Chaucer, and Gregory adds to this with the mendacious, grasping character of Fen and his two fallen nuns. As our collector of baubles grows more desperate so a killer of pilgrims is born, residing in Cambridge. New foul characters arrive in the form of the evil Emma de Colvyll whose grasp of terror and fear over the town gives her and her son-in-law, Heslarton, her daughter Alice and grand-daughter Odelina a nefarious vantage point. All has been quiet in Cambridge for too long and we open with the drowning of the unfortunate Jolye then the discovery of the taverner Drax stuffed behind a pile of bricks at Michaelhouse. The roof is being repaired by the distasteful Yffi and the storm clouds are gathering around the scholars and townpeople again. Unrest is being stirred deliberately by Principal Kendale and the scholars of Chestre Hostel, exacerbated by the camp-ball game that is called, ostensibly to start a riot. More deaths quickly follow: Alice, Poynton, Yffi, Gib. There is neither rhyme nor reason that Michael or Matthew can fathom. What with Matthew's problems being considered a warlock and the aggravation of the town's other three physicians - Gyseburne, Meryfield and Rougham - who are hellbent on finding a new means of lighting their way (which only results in spectacular explosions) it is no wonder the pair find themselves under pressure to solve the case before a riot ensues during the planned Carmelite lecture of Hornesby in the next few days. The subtle pressure of japes and tomfoolery between secular and spiritual is driving Cambridge to confrontation.
We conclude with a denouement amongst the rafters of the town hall that has Matthew falling as he finally understands who is behind it all. The town is purged of predjudice again; the petty rivalries between Hostels and Colleges that develop into deadly force with little fuse to note are abated until the next novel; the ridiculous nature of St Simon Stock's scapular is shown to be William's dirty habit; we are introduced to the violence of camp-ball; Michaelhouse finally gets another roof.
It is utterly glorious, to be honest.
Read it. You won't be disappointed.
I love Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew historical mystery series. Each new book is great and each plot is very different from the previous books in the series. This book is set in Cambridge in the winter of 1358. Cambridge is undergoing a cold and miserable winter, and there is still plenty of unrest and rivalry between "town and gown". Then citizens are being murdered and robbed. Matthew and Michael know that there are evil forces at work in their city, and they need to find the source in order to avoid a huge blowup in the city. I love the mix of true historical figures and Ms. Gregory's fictional characters, and I love the fast-paced plots that are de rigeur for all the books in this series. I never tire of this wonderful series.