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Death of a Scholar: The Twentieth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew | [Susanna Gregory]

Death of a Scholar: The Twentieth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

In the summer of 1358 the physician Matthew Bartholomew returns to Cambridge to learn that his beloved sister is in mourning after the unexpected death of her husband, Oswald Stanmore. Aware that his son has no interest in the cloth trade that made his fortune and reputation, Oswald has left the business to his widow, but a spate of burglaries in the town distracts Matthew from supporting Edith in her grief and attempting to keep the peace between her and her wayward son.
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In the summer of 1358 the physician Matthew Bartholomew returns to Cambridge to learn that his beloved sister is in mourning after the unexpected death of her husband, Oswald Stanmore. Aware that his son has no interest in the cloth trade that made his fortune and reputation, Oswald has left the business to his widow, but a spate of burglaries in the town distracts Matthew from supporting Edith in her grief and attempting to keep the peace between her and her wayward son.

As well as the theft of irreplaceable items from Michaelhouse, which threatens its very survival, a new foundation, Winwick Hall, is causing consternation amongst Matthew's colleagues. The founder is an impatient man determined that his name will grace the University's most prestigious college. He has used his wealth to rush the construction of the hall, and his appointed Fellows have infiltrated the charitable Guild founded by Stanmore, in order to gain the support of Cambridge's most influential citizens on Winwick's behalf.

A perfect storm between the older establishments and the brash newcomers is brewing when the murder of a leading member of the Guild is soon followed by the death of one of Winwick's senior Fellows. Assisting Brother Michael in investigating these fatalities leads Matthew into a web of suspicion, where conspiracy theories are rife but facts are scarce and where the pressure from the problems of his college and his family sets him on a path that could endanger his own future ...

©2014 Susanna Gregory (P)2014 Soundings

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  • Learning is fun!
    Dorset, England
    8/22/14
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    "Great story but terrible delivery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No,unfortunately you have chosen the wrong person to read the book which is a great shame as I love Susanna Gregory's books and the story is good.


    What other book might you compare Death of a Scholar to, and why?

    Susanna Gregory writes with the historical accuracy of CJ Sansom and Michael Jecks but there is more humour in her books.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Thorpe’s performances?

    Categorically NO


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    They aren't really those sort of books.


    Any additional comments?

    Please find another reader - the person who read the Piccadilly Plot and Death in St. James Park is so much better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    Woking, United Kingdom
    1/11/15
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    "Very lazy delivery"
    What would have made Death of a Scholar better?

    The content was fine, the delivery was lazy and clearly lacking in any kind of preparatory work


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator taking the time to do some prep ie understanding the characters and using an appropriate voice


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book was fine, the narration was appalling and if the same narrator is used for further books in the series, I will not be buying them!!


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