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A Bone Of Contention: The Third Chronicle Of Matthew Bartholomew

A Bone Of Contention: The Third Chronicle Of Matthew Bartholomew [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Gregory
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The third Matthew Bartholomew chronicle, an engaging and intricate historical mystery.

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Cambridge, 1392. Matthew Bartholomew, physician to Michaelhouse College, is called to examine some mysterious bones found in the King's Ditch. Next day he is called to the Ditch again: a student has been found dead there. Meanwhile, there is unrest in the town, and the strange disappearance of Dominica, former lover of the dead student and daughter of Waterstone, the well-known Principal of a Cambridge student hostel. Are these events connected? Then a skeletal hand is found in the Ditch, hailed by townsfolk as the final remains of local martyr Simon d'Ambrey, and hence a holy relic. When Bartholomew finds that the hand is wearing a ring apparently identical to a pair that were worn by Dominica and her ex-lover, and now missing, he knows that his investigative skills are called for.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, doing fieldwork with whales, seals and walruses during seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology.

She is the creator of the Thomas Chaloner series of mysteries set in Restoration London as well as the Matthew Bartholomew books, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Third in the series - best so far 25 May 2010
I have just finished re-reading this novel and I have enjoyed it more second time around.
The characters are wonderfully researched, the dialogue very believable and the storyline has more twist and turns than a corkscrew. Certainly keeps me guessing right up to the end. It is written cleverly and certainly this volume, with great humour.
I find myself wandering in the streets of Cambridge with Dr. Bartholomew, Brother Michael and the host of rich characters.

A hand is found in the ditch beside Valence Marie hostel. The Principal proclaims it a 'holy relic'. Bartholomew and Brother Michael have their doubts, but can say no more than it is a human male hand. Their time is taken up with riots in the town and the usual spree of murders, but all is not as it seems.
Whilst on the case, Bartholomew manages to invite three of the towns lovely ladies, one of whom is a leading 'lady of the night', to events at the staunch male enclave of Michael House.
Great read. If you like the Medieval period or good murder mysteries, this comes very highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 13 Jan 2006
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Another very good detective story in medieval Cambridge with Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael. Enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you engrossed until you've reached the end. On to volume four in the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 16 Dec 2012
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The book arrived well on time in the condition quoted plus it was at a good price. I started to read Susanna Gregory's Mathew Bartholemew series a couple of years ago and found them to be an excellent read. Based around life at Cambridge university around the time of the plague and like Midsomer, dead bodies turn up on a regular basis and Mathew and his Monk friend Michael follow the clues to find the murderer/s. You have to enjoy a Medieval Murder mystery and some information is often repeated across the series but then you have to cater for anyone just 'dipping in'. I find that you get sucked in and want to know the outcome and that's all you want from a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bone of Contention Susanna Gregory 23 July 2013
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This is a well-researched, well-written, highly enjoyable series for those who like the historical mysteries of CJ Sansom and SJ Parris. I would like to work my way through the entire series but I am put off by the high prices for the Kindle versions. With 18 titles in the series how on earth can the publishers justify selling the early books at 5.49- 6.49? They definitely need to review their pricing structure. I shall keep checking as I want to read the remaining 15 titles.......................................maybe it is time to go back to the public lending library!
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I bought this because I've read some other books in the series - I enjoyed this too and would recommend it as a comfortable read which keeps your interest with the variety of characters and different possible twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 10 Mar 2013
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If you are a fan of detective stories and medieval history you will love this book. A real page turner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bone of contention. 6 Feb 2013
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I am so enjoying these books there are so many twists and turns and it keeps you guessing till the end .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 Jun 2012
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I thoroughly enjoy Susannah Gregory's style of writing and, as I love the Medieval era, these books are a real joy to read. One thing I really appreciate is Susannah Gregory's sense of humour, so in tune with my own that her comments have me smiling so many times (usually the antics of monks or friars).

A wonderful mix of historical fact, a good plot, a glimpse of our own distant belief system (a bag of mice worn around the neck will relieve the wearer of a cough as the mice will get the cough .... ) likeable characters (and, of course, those you want to boo and hiss at) and the gentle humour.

I am now a big fan of Ms Gregory's books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Bartholomew
These stories are getting better and better as we find out more and the characters get more depth and the relationship between Bartholomew and Brother Michael fills out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Puglia Birdman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bone of Contention
Because I like Susanna Gregory's Style in writing in historical mysteries. She clearly make an effort in her research to the particular time in history. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss A Wray
4.0 out of 5 stars A bone of Contention
This, the 3rd chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by Susanna Gregory continues to enthral me. I particularly enjoy the historical background.
Published 7 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
I am gradually working my way through the Matthew Bartholomew books and they are all fantastic. Highly recommend this author and this series of books.
Published 7 months ago by L V Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally satisfying
I was introduced to this series by one of my daughters. She knew that I liked Cadfael. Bartholomewn & Co make a for a good read, if a little contrived in places.
Published 20 months ago by qwasz55
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bone Of Contention
The discovery of bones in the Kings Ditch leads Matthew Bartholomew into another mystery which has the fate of Cambridge at its heart.

Extremely enjoyable novel. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2011 by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have read and re read this series - excellent read and I am always waiting for the newest book
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by Mrs. P. Hartley
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