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A Masterly Murder: 6: The Sixth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew) Paperback – 7 Jun 2001


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751525367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751525366
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,982 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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A good, serious and satisfying read (IRISH TIMES)

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Rivalries between monks, squabbles between colleges and murder most foul in Susanna Gregory's latest instalment of her popular series of mediaeval mysteries.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By EJK on 12 Aug. 2001
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A Masterly Murder is another Masterly Novel from Susanna Gregory. The retirement of the Master throws Bartholomew's life into turmoil but not as much as his sister's attempts to marry him off. But never fear, Brother Michael is there to help (and hinder him) and if he fails there is always Mathilde the prostitute to offer advice. As with the other Bathomolew books, the pace is non-relenting with constant but never predictable plot twists. But the real stars of this series are the characters. Sharply portrayed, they engage your sympathy or your anger. The whole series is highly recommended. But read them in order. This book is better understood as the sixth in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miranda L. Carlson on 30 Dec. 2001
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This chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew is perhaps the finest yet. University politics intermingle with murder as yet another of Cambridge University's fellows meets with a sticky end, and old sins return from the first book in the series to haunt the assembled rabble of fellows and students. Buy it NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2006
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This is the sixt in the series and the sixth I've read in a row, and they keep getting better all the time! All the old familiar characters are back in fine form (Father William with some very funny passages, I did miss Cynric a bit though).
The more you get to know these people (and as real people they do feel) the more you start to like them regardless of all their flaws, possibly even because of them. Of course, as in the previous five novels, there's crime and murder galore for Michael to dig into and Matthew to be dragged into.
I'll be very sorry when I get to the end of the last novel in this series!
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By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2010
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I enjoyed this when I first read it, but have recently re-read the novel I enjoyed it even more this time around. I think Susanna Gregory deserves greater recongnition for her writing skills. The dialogue between the characters is excellent, as are the characters themselves.

In this installment, a new master is elected and he sets about knocking Michaelhouse into the institution he thinks it should be. Long serving fellows are summarily dismissed and for those remaining, they are ruled with a rod of iron. Matthews tenure is threatened and only Brother Michael with his religious and political connections seems immune to the new masters rule.
Just when Bartholomew is seriously considering resigning, the new master is murdered and suspicion falls on the fellows who had conflict with the loathed Runham, including Matthew...
Brilliant read and a wonderfully unexpected ending from one of the UK's foremost medieval crime writers.
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Another fascinating and riveting read. Having read all previous novels in this series I was glad to find that this episode has lost non of the suspense and intrigue contained in the others. After the events in Suffolk (previous novel No. 5)I was glad to see the return to Cambridge and to the politics and mayhem of University life during medieval times. With any mystery novel it is always possible that the reader may 'lose the thread' but not so in these. There are always little 'recaps' of the investigations, by Bartholomew and Michael,as to who is and who is not a suspect and why. It certainly helps me as I can be susceptible to missing the odd salient point here and there!
Did I like it? You bet! I certainly wasn't prepared for some of the twists and turns as the tale unfolded. I'm in the process of firing up the Kindle to get on with episode 7!
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By Rich on 20 May 2013
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Matthew has to contend with an election for a new Master of the college, more murders and dodgy building work.

Enjoyable but rather long-winded. The atmosphere is good and the sense of a town always on the edge of violence is conveyed well. The why and how aspect of the mystery was tangled as usual. However, the identity of whodunnit was all too obvious to me. After six adventures it gets a little frustrating that Matthew and his colleagues don't seem to have learned from their past experiences in detection. Some instances, it felt that they made almost impossible links in events - while other more obvious clues were ignored or not understood.

So, a good entry overall, good characterisation - especially from the minor players.
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By Peter Mayhew on 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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By SuziB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2013
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I am thoroughly enjoying this Matthew Bartholomew series. I "accidentally" discovered Susanna Gregory through her contribution to the Medieval Murderers series of books (Her contribution stood out like a beacon amongst the other authors) so I decided to give her a try & havn't looked back. Medieval Cambridge is truly brought to life with these historically accurate & very descriptive books & Matthew Barthlomew already feels like an old friend.
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