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A Masterly Murder: 6 (Matthew Bartholomew) Kindle Edition

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1355 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOK08
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 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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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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The perfect companion for all history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

It's November 1353 in Cambridge and Matthew Bartholomew has deaths to investigate as usual. A master from the neighboring (a bitter rival) Bene't College has fallen from some scaffolding and his fellow master John Runham's book bearer Justus has committed suicide - or has he? When Kenyngham, master of Michaelhouse College decides to retire competition to succeed him his rife but his successor Runham turns out to be even worse than anticipated. Then to cap it all Matt's sister thinks it is high time he was married, and what does former unpopular master Wilson and his doings during the Plague year have to do with it all?

After the excesses of the pervious book (A Wicked Deed) I was glad to discover that Gregory has decided not to make this a comedic series after all. The humor is still there - and frequently most welcome, adding a dimension missing in the majority of modern novels - but it does not swamp the story. The plot is convoluted and teasing as a good mystery should be and I certainly didn't manage to guess it all. As for the history it was interesting to discover that many of the characters actually existed (although presumably not exactly as they are portrayed here) but I don't know enough about mediaeval Cambridge to say whether the utter squalor the masters and students are shown by Gregory to live in is authentic or exaggerated. Gluttonous and scheming Brother Michael provides a much-needed foil to the rather colourless Bartholomew and the tale could certainly stand some editing but otherwise the series seems to be back on track and is certainly very entertaining.
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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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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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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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