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Mystery In The Minster: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew Kindle Edition

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"Gregory again displays her mastery of complex storytelling and period detail."  —Publishers Weekly starred review of Killer of Pilgrims


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


"Superb . . . the pace never slackens, despite the book's length, and Gregory again proves adept at weaving a plot complicated enough to be baffling but not so intricate as to become confusing."  —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The author blends meticulous historical data into a well-paced, hard to put down story...A first-rate treat for mystery lovers!" —The Historical Novels Review

"Gregory has written a very satisfactory addition to this series that will leave the reader looking forward to her next work."  –San Francisco Book Review, online

About the Author

Susanna Gregory is a Cambridge academic and the author of the Thomas Chaloner series.


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  • File Size: 1342 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (August 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AVIWZ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By travelswithadiplomat on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Susanna Gregory opens her latest Matthew Bartholomew mystery at the deathbed of Archbishop Zouche in July 1352. He is commending his soul to God and his affairs to nine executors who are commissioned both to say obits to lessen his time in Purgatory and build a Chapel for him. Scamper forward nearly six years and we meet a new Michaelhouse tutor. John Radeforde is a lawyer whose opportune position ensures he joins Michael, Langelee, Bartholomew, and Cynric who all go to York when the Master of Michaelhouse enters the common room waving a letter to claim the parish and Church at Huntingdon. The incumbent priest, Cotyngham, is incapacitated, presumed witless and this has triggered the clause in the Will of the six-year deceased Archbishop Zouche.
After a journey north our Cambridge fellowship meet the vicars-choral of York Minster - represented by Sub-Chanter Ellis and his two assistants, the "henchman" Cave and "pretty" Jafford - who dispute the codicil that grants the Michaelhouse scholars the rights to Huntingdon, demanding they produce it and hiring the odious Carmelite lawyer, Dalfeld to represent them. Fairly swiftly both sides square up, each claiming to have supporters who "heard" about Zouche's real wishes. It means that by chapter Two Matthew narrowly escapes a chicken-fletched arrow that severely wounds Sir William Longton, brother to his more unsavoury brother John, the mayor who is obsessed (like Langelee) with French spies and besting the merchants headed by Gisbyrn.
Gregory has taken us from Cambridge to York and given us a host of new characters to understand. Two plots run through the novel - the first to gain the codicil and thus Huntingdon, the other to locate the French spies. All of this against teeming rain that threatens to flood the city.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on July 5, 2012
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This book is indeed a breathtaking ride. The setting for this the seventeenth book in the Matthew Bartholomew series is York in the mid 1300's. Matthew, his larger than life friend Michael, Headmaster Langellee and a lawyer from Michaelhouse, (their house of learning in Cambridge). Ms. Gregory is a wonderful author and her medieval series never disappoint. The pace in this book is breathtaking as Matt and his friends are trying to find evidence to claim a bequest that Michaelhouse had been promised. They are racing against a particularly ruthless and clever killer and they are also racing against the weather as the two rivers that run through York are in danger of overflowing their banks causing catastrophic floods. As usual there are many bodies along the way and a labyrinth of clues for Matt to follow. These books are so realistic and so true to history that it actually puts the reader right there in the setting of the novel. Ms. Gregory uses real historic figures as well as her wonderful fictional characters to tell her stories. I really enjoy both of her historical mystery series, but Matthew Bartholomew is a long-term favourite of mine. I look forward to each new installment in the series.
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If you like reading medieval history, then I highly recommend this series. Susanna Gregory makes the characters seem like people you actually know, and her 'who dun it' plots, which are all based on the sins of today, but with a medieval mind-set, gives this mystery series very thoughtful and intriguing conclusions. Plus, the research she has given each book will increases your historical knowledge of so many things, whether that was your goal or not. Expect enjoyment.
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Enjoyed it very much as I have all the Mathew Bartholomew books the characters are so endearing.and believable. Good atmosphere created
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Same excellent, unique writing style that Susanna Gregory has used for all the Bartholomew series. This particular story seemed to drag a bit and not have as much momentum, but still a great read.
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By Carl on May 26, 2013
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I enjoy the characters in the book and they make me smile. Even though it is a murder mystery it is easy to read.
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By Heather Who? on March 25, 2013
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I prefer Matthew to stay in Cambridge, and I'm still waiting for him to get back together with Matilde. Otherwise, it's another great story in the series and worth buying.
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