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.