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Mystery In The Minster: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by [Gregory, Susanna]
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Superb. . . . Gregory again proves adept at weaving a plot complicated enough to be baffling but not so
intricate as to become confusing

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As in her previous chronicles, the author blends meticulous historical data into a well-paced, hard to put down story. This one is especially intriguing since every logical choice of culprit pans out until the last moment. A first-rate treat for mystery lovers! (Historical Novel Review)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1343 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008W43RTC
  • Publisher: Sphere (11 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AVIWZ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2011
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I love a crime story that takes me to an old world, gives me a story I can get into as well as giving me a special flavour that demonstrates that mankind hasn't evolved as far as we think we have. This title by Susanna is well written and whilst the 17th story in the series it's one that you can pick up and enjoy without having read the others. It has great twists, some wonderfully deceptive sleight of hand and a mystery that will puzzle and mystify to the end. Great fun all in and one that was a real joy to read. Cracking.
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Susanna Gregory opens her latest Matthew Bartholomew mystery at the deathbed of Archbishop Zouche in July 1352. He is commending his soul to God and his affairs to nine executors who are commissioned both to say obits to lessen his time in Purgatory and build a Chapel for him. Scamper forward nearly six years and we meet a new Michaelhouse tutor. John Radeforde is a lawyer whose opportune position ensures he joins Michael, Langelee, Bartholomew, and Cynric who all go to York when the Master of Michaelhouse enters the common room waving a letter to claim the parish and Church at Huntingdon. The incumbent priest, Cotyngham, is incapacitated, presumed witless and this has triggered the clause in the Will of the six-year deceased Archbishop Zouche.
After a journey north our Cambridge fellowship meet the vicars-choral of York Minster - represented by Sub-Chanter Ellis and his two assistants, the "henchman" Cave and "pretty" Jafford - who dispute the codicil that grants the Michaelhouse scholars the rights to Huntingdon, demanding they produce it and hiring the odious Carmelite lawyer, Dalfeld to represent them. Fairly swiftly both sides square up, each claiming to have supporters who "heard" about Zouche's real wishes. It means that by chapter Two Matthew narrowly escapes a chicken-fletched arrow that severely wounds Sir William Longton, brother to his more unsavoury brother John, the mayor who is obsessed (like Langelee) with French spies and besting the merchants headed by Gisbyrn.
Gregory has taken us from Cambridge to York and given us a host of new characters to understand. Two plots run through the novel - the first to gain the codicil and thus Huntingdon, the other to locate the French spies. All of this against teeming rain that threatens to flood the city.
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Usual matthew Bartholomew fare,but this time the scholars visit York to claim an inheritence for michaelhouse college.I can't help thinking it's about time matthew's girlfriend mattilde was brought back on the scene,or he got himself a new girlfriend.
There were plenty of murders and the strange characters the author populates her stories with were here in abundance and the ending was particularly interesting.I for one can't wait for the next installment.
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Not only is the story annoying, the characters wooden and the dialogue dire it is also extremely repetitious. I didn't count how many times we were told the same things over and over but had I done so I doubt the count would have been less than fifty times for "Zouche was a good man..." and since nearly all the characters either alive or dead are treated in the same way I quickly lost all patience with this story. It's as if the author thinks her readers suffer with Alzheimer's and need constant reminders of what has already been stated several times. It's not often that you find such a convoluted but at the same time totally uninteresting piece of writing. I couldn't wait for it to be over! I also really disliked the author's clumsy way with adverbs. Each page must have at least one. The characters keep saying things meaningfully or spitefully or threateningly or convincingly or menacingly or grudgingly or just anything ending in ly.As for the ending, yes, there was some surprise in it but the style is so poor it reads like a teenager wrote it. A dire experience indeed!!
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Fantastic story (interestingly read just before C.J.Sansum's 'Prophecy, which also is set 'on location' in York, this time a little less than 200 years later in post-dissolution Tudor England), as always.
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This story gets more involved and I found it impossible after a time to remember about whom she was writing. There are too many characters and sub-plots. They are written against the background of the Minster as she supposed it to be. As someone who knows the Minster and York well I found the novel irritating . Whilst I persevered I was glad to put it down in the end, full of disappointment.
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I might be one off but found this very hard going. As I live in York and this book is based in York felt that it might be interesting but unfortunately it did not interest me in any way. Will give it another try at some later date but to be perfectly frank I kept falling asleep and eventually thought I would try something with a little more action.
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This series is wonderful, I love it! Both myself and my hubby are eagerly waiting for the next episode!
I wish that Matilde would reappear though, its time we got her back I think. However, the tale romps along and has lots of twists and turns and a brilliant ending, its a must read for lovers of medieval murders!!
Just Brilliant.
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