A Bone of Contention (Matthew Bartholomew Series #3)

A Bone of Contention (Matthew Bartholomew Series #3)

by Susanna Gregory
     
 

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Cambridge, 1392. Matthew Bartholomew, physician to Michaelhouse College, is called to examine some mysterious bones found in the King's Ditch. Next day he is called to the Ditch again: a student has been found dead there. Meanwhile, there is unrest in the town, and the strange disappearance of Dominica, former lover of the dead student and daughter of

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Cambridge, 1392. Matthew Bartholomew, physician to Michaelhouse College, is called to examine some mysterious bones found in the King's Ditch. Next day he is called to the Ditch again: a student has been found dead there. Meanwhile, there is unrest in the town, and the strange disappearance of Dominica, former lover of the dead student and daughter of Waterstone, the well-known Principal of a Cambridge student hostel. Are these events connected? Then a skeletal hand is found in the Ditch, hailed by townsfolk as the final remains of local martyr Simon d'Ambrey, and hence a holy relic. When Bartholomew finds that the hand is wearing a ring apparently identical to a pair that were worn by Dominica and her ex-lover, and now missing, he knows that his investigative skills are called for.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A new college in 14th-century Cambridge hopes to improve its fortunes by displaying saintly relics recently discovered in the King's Ditch surrounding the towneven if it must manufacture its own. Series protagonists Brother Michael and physician Matthew Bartholomew of Michaelhouse College (An Unholy Alliance, LJ 12/96), who dispute medicine and argue murder theories, spot the scam but must tread carefully for fear of igniting various rival antagonisms in the town. This is a finely detailed cross section of life in medieval England, still recovering from the plague of 1348. Fans of historical mysteries will clamor for more.
From the Publisher

“Gregory produces a lively and intelligent tale set vividly in turbulent medieval England.” —Publishers Weekly on An Unholy Alliance

“A believable medieval Cambridge, with muddy graveyards, fortified universities, and town/student antipathies.” —Library Journal on An Unholy Alliance

“Complex and eventful.” —Kirkus Reviews on An Unholy Alliance

An Unholy Alliance is an exciting medieval whodunit that fans of historical mysteries will simply devour from first page to last.” —The Midwest Book Review on An Unholy Alliance

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780751520224
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Matthew Bartholomew Series, #3
Edition description:
2002 Reprint
Pages:
506
Sales rank:
1,170,298
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Gregory is a pseudonym of a Cambrige academic, who was a coroner's officer before taking up a career in anthropology.

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