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
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.
Matthew, the complexity of his character grows.
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.
Greed. politics, and scheming... a historical curriculum.
I do hope audiobooks of the earlier books in this series are done, especially if they are narrated by Andrew Wincott.
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
"Fun, as usual, with plenty of twists and turns."
I'm getting to the stage now of beginning to realise that the most likely killer in the stories of Bartholomew is always going to be the least likely person - so I wasn't surprised by the killer's identity this time - but enough to keep you guessing for as long as possible.
the story is repetitve to such an extent that we checked to see if the iPod had reset itself.
Thomas challanor series, yes, this one, no
to pronounce Cymric as Simrick instead of Kumric grates dreadfully upon me, a Welshwoman
The area round 3 hours into part 2 which seems to repeat earlier material
Such a letdown after enjoying several of Gregory's Thomas Challenor books.
"We all have bad days ..."
A return to the witty, interesting, vivid and engaging writing that S Gregory has previously shown in her Matthew Bartholomew books.
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.
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.
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.
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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