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A Killer In Winter: 9: The Ninth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Jun 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751533416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751533415
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Her intimate understanding of the period shines through, (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

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The Ninth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle in which the frozen conditions of a bitter winter disguise the real cause of death of a visitor to Cambridge.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2006
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Chilly though! Matthew, Bartholomew and the whole of Cambridge are caught up in one of the worst winters ever when unexpected visitors from London (and Matthew's past) arrive. Before long the first corpses are found, and once again Matthew and Michael have to investigate.
Gregory captures the atmosphere of a 14th century town very well, and while none of the characters has changed a lot over the 9 novels in the series I've read so far that actually didn't disturb me in the least (probably because the main characters are so well fleshed-out and soon become as familiar as people one knows in the flesh).
Sure, there are some minor flaws (like having a conversation that most have taken at least fifteen minutes while you're caught in freezing water) but what the heck! As soon as the tenth episode is out in paperback I'll be standing in line to buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2006
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Susanna Gregory is not as prolific a writer as many of the authors who write this style of book and the anticipation of waiting for a new title can be quite frustrating for the reader. However the wait is always worthwhile.

Her choice of Cambridge as the main backdrop to her books is inspired. It seems to lull the reader into a world of spires and colleges inhabited by the students and academics who teach there. There is also always the underground rumblings of the inhabitants of the city who are constantly at loggerheads with the colleges and hate the students intensely, thinking of them as nothing more than thugs and bully boys.

Christmas is coming and while Matthew Bartholomew's colleagues in the Cambridge colleges are preparing for the festivities, Matthew in his role of physician is struggling to help the poorer citizens through one of the worst winters in living memory.

Matthew however, is given a brief respite from his duties when Brother Michael calls on him to identify a man found dead, probably from the freezing cold in one of the churches. The victim is servant to the husband of Matthew's lost love Philippa. Later, the husband himself is the victim of a tragic accident on treacherous ice. Or, perhaps the death is not the accident everyone supposes it to be . . .

Susanna Gregory has a well proven formula and she sticks to it. Her books are well written, well researched and most of all they are enjoyable to read. I love them.
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I think all the favourable reviews for this book must be because the medieval Cambridge background, excellently described, has blinded people to the tedious, unnecessarily complicated plot. As one character was gasping out plot detail after plot detail to our hero (who by the way didn't solve anything), I struggled to remember who all the people were. So many names, so many completely forgettable characters. I realised how bad it all was when I knew I didn't care who had killed whom or who was related to whom. I just wanted the pain to stop. No detail is too small to omit or to repeat. No chance is missed to ask question after question about the plot status, questions that cover the most unlikely events as well as the most obvious. The reader could do without both. I love the setting and the historical detail and would be happy to think I had a whole series to read, but I couldn't put myself through this again.
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I have been reading this series in order and have just finished the above title. As usual the plot is extremely complicated and the author evokes the life of Cambridge in the 1300s expertly. The books are well researched and this shows in the details.

This particular one is set at Christmas and as usual the prologue sets the scene and contains pertinent information whose relevance is revealed as the story moves on. Matthew's former fiancee and her husband return to Cambridge but are they impicated in the series of murders which take place? They are obviously connected to some of the other characters but why are they denying knowing them? Who is the mysterious Dympna and why will no one talk about it?

Matthew and Brother Michael are baffled by the motives for the murders and don't know who they can trust. An exciting read and I would recommend it to anyone.
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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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 2003
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Susanna Gregory certainly conveys to us what it was like to be constantly cold in snow-bound Cambridge in the 1300's, where bodies, frozen naturally or 'done to death' occur with regularity. There is a lot of social history sandwiched in between the lines of the plot -- like the danger of heavy snow lingering on the roofs of poorly constructed houses. Matthew Bartholemew and his friend Michael do not disappoint, though there are some unexpected twists of character among familiar people in the story. The author conjures up the sights and smells of Cambridge at this period very well, and the bodies keep coming! There are some improbably long conversations with guilty people in life-threatening crises. Maybe the novel is overlong and the chill gets to the reader, but regular followers of the series will enjoy the contrivances of the plot.
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