An Unholy Alliance (Matthew Bartholomew Series #2)

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In 1350, Cambridge lies ravaged by the Black Death. Crime flourishes too—three harlots are found with slit throats and branded feet, a friar dies rifling a strongbox full of college chronicles, and the Vice Chancellor of the University vanishes from his sick chamber with all its furnishings. Now the Chancellor calls on the deductive skill of Matthew Bartholomew, Master of Medicine. Busy enough already with the teaching and practice of new techniques, Bartholomew welcomes the investigative help of portly Brother ...

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Overview

In 1350, Cambridge lies ravaged by the Black Death. Crime flourishes too—three harlots are found with slit throats and branded feet, a friar dies rifling a strongbox full of college chronicles, and the Vice Chancellor of the University vanishes from his sick chamber with all its furnishings. Now the Chancellor calls on the deductive skill of Matthew Bartholomew, Master of Medicine. Busy enough already with the teaching and practice of new techniques, Bartholomew welcomes the investigative help of portly Brother Michael—a shrewd and merry monk, not unduly shocked by sins of the flesh. And soon—from an exotic poison to a surge of devil worship, from a grisly exhumation to a sweetheart's dying words—they are on a tangled and perilous trail of conspiracy and obsession.

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“In mid-14th-century Cambridge, still reeling in the aftermath of the Black Death, an uneasy town-gown relationship deteriorates with the murders of three prostitutes and armed attacks on merchants. But it is the mysterious death of a Dominican friar killed while rifling the Cambridge University chest, repository of University secrets and valuables, that pulls physician Matthew Bartholomew and Benedictine Brother Michael unwillingly into the fray. Ordered to solve the mystery, Bartholomew discovers a poisoned blade in the chest’s lock. Then Frances de Belem, to whom Bartholomew had nearly been betrothed and who was now a shamefully pregnant longtime widow, is murdered in the same manner as the prostitutes. Rumors of witchcraft and covens meeting in the churches closed by the ravages of the plague further complicate the issues…A lively and intelligent tale set vividly in turbulent medieval England.” —Publishers Weekly
Book Review The Midwest
"Fans of historical mysteries will simply devour [it] from first page to last."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780751519358
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew Series , #2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,000,815
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I liked this book very much. It is part of a series with the character, Matthew Bartholomew who lived in the 1300s at Cambridge University. I thought the author did a good job telling the reader what it was like to live in those times--clothing, food and drink, difficulty reading in the dark as candles are too expensive, etc. The books are mysteries, and the author does a good job surprising with the final outcome. However, they are not available as ebooks, and my nice Barnes and Noble store did not carry them so I have had to order each one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

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    good read

    I liked the characters and I did like the writing style - and its my favorite time period for historical fiction. I did like the storyline and found the physician element of the book very interesting - I'm sure I'll follow the series. I found the plot for time for the time period to be very original and found it interesting how the Plague changed the mindset of religion during that time and I guess could understand how it happened.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Wrong volume number.

    This is listed as the first book in the Matthew Bartholomew series. I am reading the first book which is A Plague on Both Your Houses, which states on the back of the book that it is Volume 1. It should be changed on the site. Since I haven't read this particular title I can't really give it a rating. The one that I am reading is very good. The 5 star is for the first one.

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