An Unholy Alliance (Matthew Bartholomew Series #2)

An Unholy Alliance (Matthew Bartholomew Series #2)

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by Susanna Gregory
     
 

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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

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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 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780751519358
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Matthew Bartholomew Series, #2
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
730,651
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.16(d)

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