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A Wicked Deed: The Fifth Chronicle Of Matthew Bartholomew

A Wicked Deed: The Fifth Chronicle Of Matthew Bartholomew [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Gregory
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The fifth of Susanna Gregory's increasingly popular mysteries featuring the mediaeval physician, Matthew Bartholomew - a brilliantly serpentine whodunnit, with a meticulously researched and evoked period background.

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Matthew Bartholomew, doctor of medicine and fellow of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, is travelling with a party from the college to accept the gift of the living of a parish in Suffolk. One of his companions, Unwin, an unworldly scholar, is to be installed as priest. Their journey is not without incident - they are chased by footpads, pass through an eery village abandoned after the recent plague and find a man barely alive on a gibbet - so they reach their destination with some relief. But their thoughts of recovering while enjoying the local Pentecostal Fair are soon curtailed, as they are immediately thrust into the machinations of local boundary disputes between three landowners. Then all such squabbles seem mere trivia when Unwin is murdered in the very church which was to have been his home. While trying to investigate a possible motive for his killing, Bartholomew discovers that this is not the first unnatural death in the village - deaths which everyone has put down to the curse of the plague dead village. He is of too practical a mind to believe the superstitions, but is he wily enough to work out the real motive behind the murders and who will gain from them?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EHZPW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Susanna Gregory's best to date 4 Nov 2000
By A Customer
While I've lost interest in some other Historical mystery series, Susanna Gregory always manages to keep my interest fresh. A Wicked Deed is one of the best in her sequence about 14th century physician, Matthew Bartholomew, poignant at times and sometimes uproariously funny (don't miss the description of a village debate on the subject: Does The Earth Rotate?) The mystery is well paced and suspense builds and lasts through to the end of the book.
While Gregory's research is impeccable and paints a fascinating portrait of England in the years following the Black Death, her greatest achievement in my eyes is in the robust and three dimensional characters she draws. Matthew's idealism and honesty contrasts well with the more complex natures of his friends and colleagues as well as with a satisfyingly unpleasant and diversely motivated bunch of evildoers.
I'd recommend these books as much to those who enjoy a good historical novel as to mystery readers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Deed : 19 Feb 2003
Once again, Susanna Gregory grips your attention from start to finish. The book is easily as good as the first four, so if you've enjoyed them, you'll enjoy this one. Matthew travels to Grundisburgh with loyal Cynric, Michael, Roger Alcote, William and three students. On their travels they find a body....
Closely followed, by the apparent murder of one of their students.
This book, is just as intriging as the previous books in this series and well worth buying.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Susanna Gregory's best yet 25 Dec 2000
I've just finished reading this book. Ms Gregory just keeps getting better and better. While I have enjoyed her earlier work for its detailed description of the historical context (particularly the Plague in "A Plague on Both Your Houses") she has successfully introduced humour into her writing and this book is successful on a number of different levels. I would heartily recommend it to readers who have already read the Matthew Bartholemew series, and to people who have not read the series but who enjoy historical crime.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 17 Sep 2000
By A Customer
If you have read Susanna Gregory's books, you will certainly enjoy this one. As all ways you are kept in suspense throughout the foot. I can't wait to read her next book. This book shows another side to Mathew as it takes him out of Cambridge and real shows you how his views on treatment are different to other physicians or would be physicians in his day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More a black comedy than a mystery 11 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Having peviously tasted Susanna Gregory's style of writing in her fisrt novel "A Plague on Both Your Houses" I greeted the new book with uncertainty.
I have this feeling that the tales she portrays degenerate into a macbre black humour as the body count rises to alarming proportions and the credibility of the tale veers alarmingly towards unreality.
In this novel the tale begins quite calmly with initial understandable losses but the twists and turns and rising body count lurch it towards the inevitable conclusion that the writer is realy having a bit of a joke with her readers.
I enjoy the fine detail of medieaval life but cannot come to terms with the incredibly convoluted mystery. The principle character, Matthew, himself appears bored and depressed by the whole sequence of events and longs for the quieter life (sic) in Cambridge. You feel that the characters themselves are looking for a way out of the mess that the writer has manged to get them into as the bodies mount and the explanations become wierder by the telling.
The enjoyment of the book lies in the not knowing whether life could really be this strange in the 14th century, had the effects of the Black Death such a profound effect on the machinations of the population as they experimented in the blacker arts portrayed in this novel.
I still await the next in this perplexing chronicle of tales of the life of a medieaval doctor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good but.... 5 July 2014
By Richard
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another great story but, oh dear, typos galore. Really spoils the flow of the tale. I don't know if it's Amazon or the publisher. Do either read the reviews and, do they care......?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 July 2014
I really enjoy her books - the book was delivered very quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good reading 31 Mar 2014
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Absolutely love this series hope to eventually buy them all, can read them again and again because they dont date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I am busy ploughing me way through the entire saga. I can't put them down and have to keep ordering more
Published 4 months ago by Tricia Camm
4.0 out of 5 stars 5th Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
I really enjoyed this book - lots of murders! It probably helped that I love history and I get a great feel of the period. Read more
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Published 14 months ago by DrEvil
1.0 out of 5 stars Cancellation of order was ignored. Firm despatched anyway after...
Firm received my cancellation but decided to post out anyway a day later. In my opinion that is not good customer service.
Published 18 months ago by Pandorapus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I am hooked on the Matthew Bartholomew books and until now I had been unable get book 5. I spotted a used copy on Amazon for 1p yes ONE PENCE plus p&p, not only was it in good... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ms. Lynda S. Pace
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read...but?
Number five in the series. I have read all previous novels and have enjoyed them immensely. But, I would not rate this one quite as highly as the others. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs J Jobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
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... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Peter Mayhew
3.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Deed
Bartholomew and some colleagues from Michaelhouse head to Grundisburgh for some legal business, which sees them tied up in superstition, land disputes and murder. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been transported back in time - and I love it!
I've just finished A Wicked Deed where we see Matthew Bartholomew and his friends Michael the super morbidly obese monk, Cynric the wily Welsh archer and the odious Alcote visit a... Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by LucyDDF
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Deed
Suzanna Gregory is my favourite author and having read the first 4 in the series of Matthew Bartholomew book 5 did not let me down. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2012 by Pat
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