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Matthew Bartholomew, doctor of medicine and fellow of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, is travelling with a party from the college to accept the gift of the living of a parish in Suffolk. One of his companions, Unwin, an unworldly scholar, is to be installed as priest. Their journey is not without incident - they are chased by footpads, pass through an eerie village abandoned after the recent plague and find a man barely alive on a gibbet - so they reach their destination with some relief.

But their thoughts of recovering while enjoying the local Pentecostal Fair are soon curtailed, as they are immediately thrust into the machinations of local boundary disputes between three landowners. Then all such squabbles seem mere trivial when Unwin is murdered in the very church which was to have been his home. While trying to investigate a possible motive for his killing, Bartholomew discovers that this is not the first unnatural death in the village - deaths which everyone has put down to the curse of the plague dead village. He is of too practical a mind to believe the superstitions, but is he wily enough to work out the real motive behind the murders and who will gain from them?

©1999 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown Group

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 12-21-17

enjoyable series

i like this series but recommend they are read in order. Fans of Peter Ellis and Michael Jecks will probably enjoy them as well

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  • Mr
  • 10-23-17

All the usual monkish fun and games

Barholemew does it again. and this times there's zombies. well sort of. plenty of explosions

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  • Susan
  • 10-03-17

slendid listen

love this series and the historic note at the end. looking forward to hearing next-door.

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  • Shez from England
  • 08-16-17

forgettable

confusing and highy impossible not that good the author lost the plot somewhere in the middle

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  • L H.
  • 07-26-17

A Gripping Hear

Great story, which I would listen to on my way and home from work, sometimes making me late as I wanted to hear what was going to happen next and couldn't wait. The writer has a great way of imparting a lot of historical references - helping me learn something new about the era as I read.
The narrator had a good voice to listen to, changing his voice for different characters, although sometimes they did sound the same, but that didn't impair my listening.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 07-24-17

Superb!

This is my first purchase by Susanna Gregory and I wasn't sure about buying it. I am so glad I did, it was brilliant, full of intrigue and lots of weird and wonderful medieval ideas. I really liked Matt Bartholomew, and also several of the other major characters, there were plenty of evil bodies to dislike too.
I will look for another novel by this author, this was very unputdownable!