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The Mark of a Murderer (Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles) Hardcover – June 1, 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 11 of 18 in the Matthew Bartholomew Series

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"Lively and intelligent...set vividly in turbulent medieval England."

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Skillfully blending history, medicine, and murder most foul, these intricate, richly textured medieval mysteries follow the investigations of 14th-century Cambridge physician and forensic sleuth Matthew Bartholomew. The pseudonymous author Susanna Gregory, a Cambridge academic, is a former coroner's officer.
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Product Details

  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; First Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316726400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316726405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This eleventh book in the Matthew Bartholomew series is a real page-turner. I have been enjoying reading this series for a number of years now, and look forward to each new installment. Ms. Gregory writes in a complex and vivid manner that demonstrates her intimate knowledge with the time frame that she is writing in, while treating her readers to wonderful characters, tightly knit plots and intricate murders and murderers. This book uses the historcal Oxford riots of 1355 to build a story around. Everyone in Cambridge is aware of the devastating riots in Oxford, and they want to make sure that the same thing doesn't happen in their city. Especially because they are planning for a celebratory visitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury. But people keep turning up dead and Michael and Matthew are hard-pressed to sort it all out in time. This is another totally satisfying medieval mystery. Bring on the next one.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent story for anyone who likes a traditional 'whodunnit' well-written, with deftly-drawn characters and a real sense of place. Set in a damp, isolated Cambridge which is vividly portrayed, the scholarship and period knowledge is fascinating but never intrusive.

This is the eleventh story to feature Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael in mediaeval Cambridge. Although it isn't necessary to read them in order, it's probably better to have read a couple of others first for the ending to have its intended effect.

I now have to wait nearly a year before the sequel comes out in hardback! Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Pseudonymal Susanna Gregory launches us into her eleventh Matthew Bartholomew mystery with alacrity and yet again confounds her seasoned reader with a darkly convoluted tale that weaves in the fear of a rabid animal and the potential for riot with head scratching enigma. Gregory opens her prologue during a Scholastica Day riot in Oxford that leaves sity scholars dead and twice as many townspeople. All instigated by the dark monk.

Moving forward some months we find ourselves at Michaelhouse where Matthew is stealing out nightly to Mathilde's house and not being very inconspicuous about it. Being the gossip of the town doesn't sit well with our reflective sleuth and we quickly find Michael dragging him off to Merton Hall to investigate the stabbing of an Oxford scholar, Chesterfelde, one of a party of Oxford merchants and scholars who have left Oxford for a variety of reasons. Our suspect list builds quickly as Matthew discovers the real cause of death is a slashed wrist. In Michael's sights are Daurant (Matthew's Oxford teacher, a poppy juice addict), Polmorva (Matthew's sworn enemy from his Oxford days) and Spryngheuse (one of the monks involved in the early fight in Oxford that led to the riot). Aside from Chesterfelde, there was also Okehamptone who appears to have died from a fever en route. Accompanying them are three Oxford merchants, Wormynghalle, a tanner, Abergavenny, a burgess and Eu the spicer each tasked by Joan Goneral to find the murderer of her husband during the riots. His dying breath condemned a Cambridge scholar and they have come to seek his assailant.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was read by Andrew Wincott, a British actor on stage, television and radio. He has a nice flexible voice and handles the various characters in this book with ease. It wasn't his fault that I ended this book feeling vaguely dissatisfied because I've had this problem with other books in this series by this author.

While I feel that the author, Susanna Gregory, has a fairly reliable grasp of Cambridge history the plot seemed to rely overly on coincidence. And sometimes she shows then tells again as though the reader might not be relied upon to catch on without one of the characters explaining things to us.

For instance, the portly Brother Michael, Proctor, has been eating too much. Matthew, the doctor, encourages him to eat less for the sake of his health. Matthew also muses to himself that if he were involved in a fracas where Michael was his backup while they were solving a crime that Michael might not be able come to his aid if Michael was too overweight. So of course a fracas occurs and Michael cannot come to his aid. Next thing we know Michael is cutting down on his food intake. Enough said, right? No, Matthew has to muse to himself again that Michael is dieting in because he found out that he would not be able to help his friend if he were too much overweight.

When the plot isn't being driven by coincidence it's being pushed by Matthew's not very good judgment when it comes to the character of others.

It probably sounds like I do not like this book, but that is not true. I did enjoy the 16 or so hours I spent in 14th century Cambridge but I wish Ms Gregory would hone her mystery skills a bit to equal her historical skills.
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