A murderous town-and-gown conflict propels the action of Gregory's engrossing 13th mystery set in 14th-century Cambridge and featuring physician Matthew Bartholomew (after 2006's The Tarnished Chalice). The various university colleges have been keeping students' rents low so they can afford their academic fees, but avaricious landlords now want to triple the rents, a threat to the colleges' existence. Meanwhile, Bartholomew and his three fellow Cambridge physicians find their income drained off by the chicanery of phony medicusRichard Arderne, out to make a killing healing the sick and raising the dead by waving a supposedly magic feather. Three grisly murders add to Bartholomew's woes. Though the narrative often bogs down in philosophical disputations, Gregory excels at recreating the faces, menus, sounds and putrid smells of a medieval English town just recovering from the Black Death. Strong-stomached readers will relish this trip into England's grim and grimy past. (Oct.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
To Kill or Cure (Matthew Bartholomew Series #13)by Susanna Gregory
Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town's landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students' hostels and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension between town and gown is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine but his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation, and his life ...
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Susanna Gregory was a coroner's officer before turning to the academic life. She lives in Wales with her husband, also a writer.
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