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A Masterly Murder: 6: The Sixth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew) [Paperback]

Susanna Gregory
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7 Jun 2001 Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew (Book 6)
Michaelhouse is in uproar: Kenyngham the saintly but ageing Master has announced his retirement and with unseemly haste Runham arranges his own 'election' as his successor. Within days he has dismissed several members of staff, including the redoubtable laundress Agatha, and is making life so unpleasant for the scholars that even Matthew Bartholomew believes his future as physician and teacher at the college is untenable. But Matthew has many patients to divert his attention and Brother Michael, Proctor of the fledgling university, has some suspicious deaths to investigate, although they cannot help but notice that the new Master has commissioned a flurry of building work. Then Runham himself is murdered and, although mourned by none, Matthew and Michael know they have to solve the mystery before any more damage is done to their beloved Michaelhouse.

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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: 17.5 x 10.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,747 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge's answer to Inspector Morse! 30 Dec 2001
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine book 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 19 Jan 2014
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Another great mystery from Cambridge with Matthew and Michael. Could not put the book down until I had finished it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. 24 Oct 2013
By SuziB
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 11 Oct 2013
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I am busy ploughing me way through the entire saga. I can't put them down and have to keep ordering more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 19 Aug 2013
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Feel as if I know the main characters personally! Brilliant storytelling yet again! Cannot wait for the next adventure to begin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medevil Mysteries 4 Aug 2013
By Cher
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Susanna Gregory writes really interesting and enjoyable murder mysteries in Cambridge College, her historical facts are well researched and the stories extrememly well written. The whole series is worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A good read. Interesting to keep up with the unravelling of the plots. Like this man and his companions. Yes
Published 9 months ago by sheilac
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive fun
The rate of murder, mayhem & intrigue makes it a bit like Medieval Midsomer Murders but it's wonderfully amusing & keeps you reading for the twists and turns. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DrEvil
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Twisting Tale
If you enjoy a good murder mystery with some ingenious twists and turns this book is for you. Set in the University of 14th Century Cambridge, the murders and mayhem will keep you... Read more
Published 10 months ago by BigGee
3.0 out of 5 stars Condition
It was supposed to be in good condition but comparing it with other rated the same it came a poor last.
Published 10 months ago by Arthur Wild
3.0 out of 5 stars A Masterly Murder
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
just loved this as I do all of susanna Gregory's work. the plots are good and the medieval setting very believable.
Published 12 months ago by V. Bakewell
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER FOR SUSANNA!
If you are a fan of Matthew Bartholomew, you will not be disappointed with this 6th book of Susanna Gregory's series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mystery Writer Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read.
This is an excellent book, even by Susanna Gregory's usual high standards. It was gripping from beginning to end. A great read.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Evelyn Chapman
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