Susanna Gregory is one of my favorite authorities. I love the Matthew Bartholomew series and have read all previous 18 books in the series. My favorit..Show More »e character is Brother Michael whom I find a truly funny character.
That is what I like about this series -- it is filled with humor and humorous characters -- Probably Mat is the least humorous of all - he is always being put upon and dragged into situation by Brother Michael or the head Langele. Despite the wit, the situations are very true to the time and provide an illuminating picture of life in Medieval England in the 14th century. There are fascinating details about medical treatment of the time,
This is not a book which deals with politics at the national level. Everything is strictly local - local politics, the quarrels between town and gown, the fights, and the local religious activities and the fakery of relics. It is all there in humorous detail, revealed by the situation in town and gown.
This particular volume deals with our principal character going to Peterborough to investigate the disappearance of the local abbot. They get involved in ecclesiastical politics to replace the abbot, as well as trying to ascertain if this abbot merely vanished or was murdered. Of course lots of other murders occur along the way as it seems everyone whether in the Cathedral or the town seems to want to prevent anyone from finding out what really happened to the abbot.
The books ends as always with our friends captured by evildoers and endanger of being killed and how they finally escape to bring a resolution to the lost abbot.
Many of the characters in Gregory’s book are based on real characters of the time. She has done meticulous research into the early history of Cambridge and many episodes in early volumes are based on real events.
Andrew Wincott does an outstanding job as narrator and easily captures the nuances of each character in his narration. His Brother Michael is especially good.
This is a great book for anyone who likes Medieval Mysteries and is made better for the fact that it is based on solid historical research and fact.
I hope that Audible will be publishing some of the earlier books in the series.
This is another great book in the Matthew Bartholomew series about a Doctor in 17th Century Cambridge. Matthew, along with the Senior Proctor, Brother..Show More » Michael must find oust what is causing the "debilitas" killing and sickening so many residents of Cambridge. In addition he must prevent his sister, Edith, from being attacked by townspeople over her factory for making dyes which are causing a ghastly smell, and also why town and gown are at each other's throat and on the verge of massive riot.
The duo of Mat and Brother Michael find themselves in one scrape after another. In addition the University, Michaelhouse, where they teach is on the verge of bankruptcy and needs to be rescued by finding a rich benefactor. Who is the sinister person causing all the trouble in the town by spreading lies and rumors? This is the main mystery to be solved, but there are many side mysteries along the way.
There are so many hilarious characters in the book that each chapter is a real treat. I have been reading the series since Book I and although this is 21 in the series, you can still enjoy it without having read the previous books. I am sorry that more of the series is not on audio, as I enjoy the series so much. I hate it when I read the end and find I enjoy listening to the book over again.
David Thorpe does an excellent job in reading. He gives all the characters unique voice which really bring out the personality of each character.