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The Lost Abbot: The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew) Hardcover – 6 Jun 2013


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549737
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,633 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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Susanna Gregory has an extraordinary ability to conjure up a strong sense of time and place (Choice)

A welcome return to Susanna Gregory's richly imagined world of colourful medieval society and irresistible monkish sleuthing (Good Book Guide)

Susanna Gregory writes with fluency and energy, avoids archaic vocabulary, despite her 14th-century setting and, having had a career as an academic, bases the stories in this enjoyable series on careful research (Literary Review)

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A new adventure for Matthew Bartholomew, medieval physical/sleuth

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2013
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Every now and then Gregory sends Matt and Michael forth into the world to solve mysteries, and where they find mystery death is usually a close companion, indeed multiple deaths. I suspect that this is give the good citizens of Cambridge a break and allow them the opportunity to recruit new victims to replenish their dwindling population. In this outing we see virtually the whole of the Michaelhouse fellowship accompanying Brother Michael who has been despatched to Peterborough by the Bishop of Lincoln to investigate the disappearance of Abbot Robert and the town doctor Pyx.

The story starts innocuously enough, with the description an event that happened over a generation previously to whet the appetite of what's to come as you try to work out it's relevance to the events that are unfolding. When the team of Matt, Michael, Master Langalee, the irascible William, the marvellous Clippsby and Cynric (Matt's book-bearer and protector), arrive in Peterborough after a fraught journey, they are met with hostility by the obedientiaries of the Abbey who have already apparently started infighting over who will replace the missing abbot. And that's as far as I go with plot and spoilers, you'll have to buy the book and it's worth it.

Gregory is a master of the genre and this book is typical of her work; well plotted, misdirection and false leads, rich in detail, humourous and marvellous interplay between the characters, all of which comes together in an action filled non stop finale that just keeps you turning the pages. I've been a fan ever since
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By travelswithadiplomat on 1 July 2013
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...perhaps a more accurate title for this one given the events that take place in Peterborough. This latest installment by the ever-superb Susanna Gregory has Matt and Michael hotfooting (or, perhaps, waddling quickly in the latter's case) out of Cambridge on a seven day mission to locate Abbot Robert who's been missing for a month with the town's only physician Pyk. The deadline has been arbitrarily imposed because Michael feels he needs to get back to personally write the charter for the new Winwick Hall before it causes a right ruckus in Cambridge. This allows Gregory to impart a sense of haste as the motley cavalcade of our sleuthing duo, Langelee, William, and Clippesby arrive just in time to find two hospitals in Peterborough vying for wealth using the dubious relics of either a 143 year old man (Kirwell) or the corpse of a very evil, very dead burglar (name of Lawrence de Oxforde) both of whom apparently grant miracles. Both are also linked because it was Kirwell to whom Oxforde bequeathed a prayer before being hung, Kirwell who was struck by a shaft of light from heaven as he knelt by the latter's grave (all of this takes place in the Prologue).
Of course, such is nonsense but a swift bashing in of the unsavoury Joan's head as Matt and Michael arrive in town leads to a litany of murders greater than number of days to solve them. Who could possibly be responsible? The list is long, starting with the Unholy Trinity of Nonton, Ramseye and Welbyrn - the latter two old foes of Matt after he publicly challenged them whilst a student. He even had a fight with Welbyrn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Perrin on 10 July 2013
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After some decidedly average, for her, Matthew Bartholomew mysteries Susanna Gregory has returned to the top form of the earlier books set in Cambridge. In this book Matthew Bartholomew is one of the Bishop's Commissioners sent to Peterborough to seek the Abbot who has disappeared without trace. The investigation is hampered by infighting amongst the Benedictine monks to succeed the Abbot, a possible peasant's uprising against the Town's rich businessmen and clashes between the supporters of the various shrines and relics which bring in money to the town. As usual Bartholomew is supported by Brother Michael who also has a personal agenda seeking to be the next Abbot should the existing one not be found alive. The various plots and counter plots are skilfully interwoven by the author who provides a surprising satisfactory conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Georgina V Rooke on 17 Jun. 2013
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love these novels - great set of characters and good inventive story lines. please get to end of the "will they won't they" saga with mathilde SOON as I am almost getting fed up with it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wick on 24 Jun. 2013
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Pleasant reading, when you are a faithful Bartholomew reader you get to love him ever more.
More than just medieval characters they all are persons, and human feelings never really change
even if the customs and convictions are different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunim on 2 Sept. 2014
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Good tale again. Am I the only one who doesn't want Matthew to marry Mathilde? He would have to leave Michaelhouse and the university to do that and thus ends his involvement in that fascinating environment brought to life so well by Ms Gregory. I would miss William, Clippesby, Suttone, Langelee and Agatha if Matt left for life as a townsman, not to mention Michael losing a close associate and friend to the very real need for Matthew to earn money to support his practice and wife. Don't do it! Please!!!
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