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A Vein Of Deceit: The Fifteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew) Paperback – 3 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751539155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751539158
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,106 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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"Bartholomew remains a credible and sympathetic amateur sleuth." --"Publishers Weekly"

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The latest episode in the popular series of mediaeval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth, Matthew Bartholomew.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sophia on 28 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love this series of Medieval murder mystery books by Susanna Gregory and this latest
one doesn't disappoint.

In `A Vein of Deceit', physician Matthew Bartholomew, an instantly likeable investigator',
due to his modesty, once again finds himself embroiled in murder in 14th century Cambridge.
Along with his `sidekick', the no-nonsense Brother Michael, Matthew sets out to untangle the
various mysteries that confront them - why is their college suddenly so short of funds, who
attacked their college's Master and why has a healthy woman died in premature labour at the
same time as medicinal potions have disappeared?

Like all the previous stories in the series, this lovely thick book goes along at a steady, tension-
mounting pace, involving both the reader and characters in many twists and turns amid an air
of paranoia before building to a crescendo of action that sees the killer revealed.

As always, all the colourful characters are there, both from the university and the town,
delighting the reader with their high comedy value.

As with all the Matthew Bartholomew chronicles, I found it hard to put this book down
and when I finally did, realised that my only disappointment was that I had to wait a whole
year before the next in the series comes out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By travelswithadiplomat on 16 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Gregory's latest 14th century mystery has us leaving the comfort of Michaelhouse and Cambridge to head into murky Suffolk and to a pair of feuding villages to uncover the twisted economic plotting that surround the mysterious death of Wynewyk. A classic Bartholomew case where three seemingly unlinked deaths (Carbo, Joan and Wynewyk) gradually coalesce around the pursuit of coal, pigs and wood. Throw in a couple of unsavoury characters, Goss and his seemingly inhuman sister Odoma, with a healthy mix of three grumbling new students for Bartholomew - Risleye, Valence and Tesdale - and you get another cracking mystery. King's College apparent guilt in the entire matter (Paxtone leading the way this time) adds extra spice.
The author's decision to take us out of Cambridge for a while is as much a breath of fresh air as when we traipsed up to Ely in "A Summer of Discontent". It gives us a greater chance to observe the perfect matching of the big-boned senior proctor and his Corpse Examiner as we realise in this outing Matthew is quite capable of serious character misjudgement. Facts he is good at, understanding people he is not. A fact driven home by the reappearance of his beloved Mathilde and his obstinate clinging to notion that everyone is incapable of immoral judgement - an odd trait for a sleuth.
The list of deaths take us to confront Wynewk's shady business partners who are all embroiled with Kings College over the inheritance of a manor and its land. All three own up to their economic mis-dealings pretty swiftly after Michael and Matthew are forced to take undignified cover in a ditch whilst being shot at with arrows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sr Harrup on 7 Jun. 2010
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Reading a Susanna Gregory novel is like visiting an old friend for your annual summer holiday. The Bartholomew Chronicles, this one is No.15, are always well written, well researched, full of good, well described characters, a good plot and a nice touch of humour! What more can you want from a novel?

This edition is as good as previous ones, the violence is there, but kept within reason, the twists and turns of the plot continue right to the end and the descriptions of Cambridge and the towns in Suffolk make you feel like you have been there yourself.

I fully recommend this series and her 'Chaloner' novels. And... when you have finished reading those, try the 'Medieval Murders' novels which feature Bartholomew. Still want more, well try Bernard Knight's excellent 'Crowner John' books (the character is also featured in the 'Medieval Murderers series).

Enjoy a trip into the past without leaving your armchair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunim on 11 Mar. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Not impressed this time. Matthew and Michael seem to have a mild case of the stupids, Cynric's superstitions are beginning to border on insanity and Agatha is feeding the college pea pottage flavoured with cattle fodder.Not surprised she is such a bad cook as she is actually a laundress and doing that job along with feeding almost a hundred residents is well nigh impossible. Again there are a few characters whose personality is hard to accept for the period the story is set in. Thelnetham in particular jarrs the thinking somewhat. A Gilbertine friar who is blatantly homosexual to the extent of tying bright bows and ribbons around his habit to make it pretty simply doesn't work. These are the 1350s not the 1980s and such a man would be ostracized socially, morally and definitely religiously. He would certainly not be in a college teaching young lads. Such men were persecuted and killed in those days as an affront to God. Odd that all Ms Gregory's people accept all this without turning a hair. I am also curious as to why a Kings Coroner has never been mentioned in any of the tales so far. I understand the law required his presence to record all unnatural deaths. It also occurs to me that as its been two years since the utter perfection that was Mathilde left town, Matthew should no longer be putting down his spoon as thinking of her makes him lose his appetite! How does Michael afford all this venison, beef, goose, pastries and wine on his regular visits to the Brazen George? His affluence could occasionally help his fellow teachers to avoid having to eat Agathas boiled cabbage garnished with fish heads once in a while surely? A lot of her characters make statements that sound odd to say the least. The sort of things spiteful teenagers would come out with, not men. Some of their behavior is highly improbable and detracts from the story which is a shame as the overall plots are usually really absorbing.
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