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The Killer of Pilgrims (Matthew Bartholomew Series #16)

The Killer of Pilgrims (Matthew Bartholomew Series #16)

by Susanna Gregory
     
 

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When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the College is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief, who is targetting rich pilgrims. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the University, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing

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When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the College is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief, who is targetting rich pilgrims. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the University, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing increasingly dangerous, and that are dividing scholars into bitterly opposed factions. Bartholomew and Michael soon learn that their various mysteries are connected, and it becomes a race against time to catch the killer-thief before the University explodes into a violent conflict that could destroy it forever.

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"Gregory again displays her mastery of complex storytelling and period detail. . . . Unlike in many other long-running series, newcomers will find nothing inaccessible in this installment."  —Publishers Weekly starred review

"A perfect choice for historical fans who miss Ellis Peters."  —Library Journal on A Vein of Deceit

Publishers Weekly
British author Gregory again displays her mastery of complex storytelling and period detail in her 16th mystery set in 14th-century Cambridge, the home of doctor, instructor, and corpse examiner Matthew Bartholomew (after 2009's A Vein of Deceit). Amid an atmosphere of increasing tension between Cambridge's colleges and the less affluent hostels, Bartholomew must identify the killer of taverner John Drax, who was initially believed the victim of an accident, until the physician found a fatal stab wound on his body. For many, the book's pleasures will stem less from the resolution of the various interlocking puzzles than from the utterly convincing portrait of an England still recovering from the great pestilence of the previous decade, complete with familiar complaints about the timeliness of home contractors' work and avaricious people seeking to profit from the tragic plague. Unlike in many other long-running series, newcomers will find nothing inaccessible in this installment. (Nov.)
Library Journal
It is 1358, and the university town of Cambridge is in a state of upheaval as the populace recovers from the ravages of the plague, a vicious rivalry between the colleges and the hostels vying for student patronage results in near riots, a thief preys on visiting pilgrims, and a powerful landlord is murdered. VERDICT After 15 series titles, Gregory has not gone stale. Her latest is a fresh, lively tale that follows her sleuth, Matthew Bartholomew, through the unhygienic streets of Cambridge on the trail of a heartless killer. For historical mystery fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780751542585
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Matthew Bartholomew Series, #16
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
821,454
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Gregory is a Cambridge academic living in Wales with her husband, also a writer. She is the creator of the popular Thomas Chaloner series.

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