Murder by the Book (Matthew Bartholomew #18)

Murder by the Book (Matthew Bartholomew #18)

The 18th episode in the popular Cambridge series of medieval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth, Matthew Bartholomew It is drawing near to the end of term, and the University at Cambridge is in turmoil over the opening of a new Common Library. There is an attack on one of the masters at a meeting to discuss the matter, and a body is found floating in the pond in The 18th episode in the popular Cambridge series of medieval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth, Matthew Ba...

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Title:Murder by the Book (Matthew Bartholomew #18)
Author:Susanna Gregory
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:Murder by the Book
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Murder by the Book (Matthew Bartholomew #18) Reviews

  • Brenda Mengeling
    Mar 15, 2013

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

  • Mary
    Jun 11, 2012

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

  • Manybooks
    Jan 16, 2012

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

  • Linda
    Jul 01, 2012

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

  • Candace
    Jun 12, 2014

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

  • Shirley Schwartz
    Apr 04, 2014

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

  • Mitch McCrimmon
    Mar 21, 2016

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

  • Laura
    Sep 22, 2013

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

    Oh Im glad my favourite mediaeval crime fighting duo are back in Cambridge. Great story. More please! ...

  • Claire
    Feb 13, 2015

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

    Oh Im glad my favourite mediaeval crime fighting duo are back in Cambridge. Great story. More please! ...

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  • Anietta
    Sep 07, 2013

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

  • Margaret
    Sep 30, 2013

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

  • Andy Field
    Jul 25, 2014

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

  • Mia Kuipers
    Nov 29, 2013

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

  • Jennifer Everard
    Oct 10, 2014

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

  • Manish
    Aug 03, 2016

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

  • Michelle Thompson
    Apr 22, 2016

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

  • William
    May 13, 2017

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

  • Martina Lennon
    May 12, 2016

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

  • Philip Cook
    Jan 01, 2016

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

  • Laura Jane
    Nov 29, 2013

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

  • Lacer
    Sep 18, 2017

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

  • Meinwen Sayle
    Sep 23, 2015

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

  • Martin Stein
    Oct 18, 2014

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

    Oh Im glad my favourite mediaeval crime fighting duo are back in Cambridge. Great story. More please! ...

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  • Maude Weiss
    Dec 01, 2014

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

    Oh Im glad my favourite mediaeval crime fighting duo are back in Cambridge. Great story. More please! ...

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  • Hannah
    Oct 06, 2017

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

    Oh Im glad my favourite mediaeval crime fighting duo are back in Cambridge. Great story. More please! ...

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  • Tash
    Mar 02, 2015

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

  • Sandra
    Apr 15, 2018

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

  • G.
    Feb 08, 2016

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

  • Mavis Hewitt
    Jun 19, 2017

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

  • Mary Donaldson
    Jun 09, 2018

    More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I have found Susanna Gregory's Murder by the Book both enlightening and engaging (and I guess I should probably admit that I don'...

    Murder and mayhem Susanna Gregory style. This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that ke...

    The scholars, clerics and townsfolk of 14th century Cambridge are usually at each other's throats and this time it is the Colleges and the hostels that are bitterly divided about the plans for a new Central Library to be funded by a wealthy local merchant. As a result, Dr Matthew Barth...

    I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the last couple of entries in the series. The annoying academics weren't as annoyingly annoying as they have been recently. And the plot was so complicated that I didn't notice if it was similar to any previous books. ...

    Well-written and a complex plot always make for a wonderful read and the eighteenth Matthew Bartholomew book does not disappoint. ...

    This one was a good one. Cambridge University has plans for a common library, something that splits the university in half because after all, poor people reading books, the horrors! Meanwhile Matthew and Michael are investigating the mysterious deaths of four bodies found in a pond in ...

    My actual score would be two and a half stars, but I rounded down since I have the same complaints as in the other books in this series. Virtually all the characters that Matthew Bartholomew runs into are either evil, avaricious, glutinous or just plain annoying. Can't he meet anyone w...

    i really enjoy Susanna Gregory's books usually, both the Thoma Challoner series and the MAtthew Bartholomew series. However, this Matthew Bartholomew one was a bit on the tedium side, and seemed to go on forever with too many characters I felt. But it wont deter me from continuing to r...

    Complex plot, but highly readable ...

    I picked this book up discounted in a store that was closing down not really sure what to expect, but I have to say that it?s one of the best murder mystery novels I?ve read other than Agatha Christie. I think the fact that it?s a historical novel helped too, I?ve always had a ...

    I have now read 18 of the books in this series and will read the remaining few. They are a bit long and somewhat similar in that the ending is always a bit farcical because of so much happening all at once. However, I really love the setting - mid 1300s Cambridge, England and the chara...

    Plot was good - set in 13th Century cambridge, following a series of murders being investigated around a common library being built. Lots of mystery, and very interesting. Found it a little hard to follow though as there were a lot of characters, sometimes swapping between surnames and...

    Another very good entry into the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th century Cambridge. A lot of dead people in this one, some deaths are mysterious (bodies in a pond that were not drowned but show not other outward signs of death), some may or may not be accidental; it's a lot for ...

    very good, just like the other books in this series ...

    The author's style creates a wonderful feeling of visiting old friends in an intimately familiar setting. ...

    Another enjoyable Matt and Michael read.Possibly a bit too much explanation of events in previous books in the series. ...

    Poorly written, run of the mill mystery. Bought it to read on a flight, regretted finishing it ...

    sooo boring ...

    Enjoyable read if overlong. ...

    I'm just glad not to have lived in Cambridge back then. ...

    As usual, I throughly enjoyed Susanna Gregory and matthew bartholomew. Ive read all 18 now. ...

    A ripping good yarn. Lots of action, intrigue and murder as always plus a new love interest for Matthew Bartholomew. I recommend it. ...

    I'm sure it deserves more than 2 stars but apparently I don't care for murder mysteries happening in 1350...I got bored and so gave up half way through. ...

    Only one more to go! I don't want to finish the series, I'll be bereft. ...

    Oh Im glad my favourite mediaeval crime fighting duo are back in Cambridge. Great story. More please! ...

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