A Poisonous Plot

A Poisonous Plot

The Twenty-first Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

Book - 2016
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In 1358, over a century after its foundation in Cambridge, the college of Michaelhouse is facing a serious shortfall of funds and competition from upstarts rivals such as Zachary Hostel. Their problems are made no easier by the hostility of the town's inhabitants who favour the university moving away to the Fens. This simmering tension threatens to break into violence when a well-known tradesman is found dead in one of the colleges. Matthew Bartholomew knows he was poisoned but cannot identify the actual substance, never mind the killer. He also worries that other illnesses and deaths may have been caused by the effluent from his sister's dye works. Torn between loyalties to his kin and to his college, he fears the truth may destroy both his personal and professional life, but he knows he must use his skills as a physician to discover the truth before many more lose their lives entirely.
Publisher: London, Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group,, 2016.
Edition: Paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780751549782
Characteristics: 389 pages : map ; 20 cm.


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Oct 21, 2016

This is the 21st Bartholomew book I've read and I think one of the better ones. For the last few, her writing is getting better and the reader is not subjected to recounts of what has happened to various characters over and over and over which I've found highly annoying. In this mystery, the towns people have a prominent role and life in a medieval world moves forward in terms of Bartholomew's understanding of anatomy.

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