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A Grave Concern Audiobook

A Grave Concern: The Twenty Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

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Publisher's Summary

Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the university is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.

Brother Michael, keen to leave the university in good order, is determined that the new Chancellor will be a man of his choosing. The number of contenders putting themselves forward for election threatens to get out of control, then more deaths in mysterious circumstances make it appear that someone is taking extreme measures to manipulate the competition.

With passions running high and a bold killer at large, both Bartholomew and Brother Michael fear the very future of the university is at stake.

©2016 Susanna Gregory (P)2016 Soundings Ltd

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    Julie Boise, ID, United States 09-15-16
    Julie Boise, ID, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent series, looking for more in audio"
    What made the experience of listening to A Grave Concern the most enjoyable?

    Susanna Gregory has developed an excellent series, maintaining certain enjoyable and evolving characters throughout the series while always introducing new people, new history to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew, the complexity of his character grows.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Thorpe?

    Not sure; there was rather a lot of what seemed like over-dramatization - as much as I loved the story, I was tempted to fast forward through some of the more emotional scenes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Greed. politics, and scheming... a historical curriculum.


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope audiobooks of the earlier books in this series are done, especially if they are narrated by Andrew Wincott.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Shirley
    DENBIGH, United Kingdom
    6/27/16
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    "Poor reading"

    Excellent story brilliant research spoils by very disjointed reading with confusing voices all rather similar spoils flow of story trying to differentiate between them. Pity excellent book spoilt

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hathor
    Leeds, Yorkshire, UK
    6/5/16
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    "We all have bad days ..."
    What would have made A Grave Concern better?

    A return to the witty, interesting, vivid and engaging writing that S Gregory has previously shown in her Matthew Bartholomew books.


    What was most disappointing about Susanna Gregory’s story?

    I have read/listened to other S Gregory books and this one just doesn't match up to the usual strong story line and interesting details that her other books have maintained. The relationship between the two main protagonists Matthew and Michael are dull, repetitious and even the usual characters like William, Edith and the delightful Clispby seem routine and formulaic.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe?

    Out of all the narrators David Thorpe has been the best and for once my complaint is not with the narrator but with the writing.


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

    Unfortunately, having listened to the whole book I am returning it, the first time ever for a S Gregory book. Redeeming qualities? The last part of the book became more interesting but I just didn't care what happened to the characters I normally love and invest time and effort.


    Any additional comments?

    I am hoping this is just a blip in the work of an author that so far has been consistently refreshing to read.

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