Synopses & Reviews
In 1350, Cambridge lies ravaged by the Black Death. Crime flourishes toothree harlots are found with slit throats and branded feet, a friar dies rifling a strongbox full of college chronicles, and the Vice Chancellor of the University vanishes from his sick chamber with all its furnishings. Now the Chancellor calls on the deductive skill of Matthew Bartholomew, Master of Medicine. Busy enough already with the teaching and practice of new techniques, Bartholomew welcomes the investigative help of portly Brother Michaela shrewd and merry monk, not unduly shocked by sins of the flesh. And soonfrom an exotic poison to a surge of devil worship, from a grisly exhumation to a sweetheart's dying wordsthey are on a tangled and perilous trail of conspiracy and obsession.
Cambridge is recovering from the Black Death and Matthew Bartholomew, a physician, is in great demand. A series of murders force him to divert his attention from the community, as he discovers a breakaway sect from the church will stop at nothing to overthrow the established religion.
Skillfully blending history, medicine, and murder most foul, these intricate medieval mysteries follow the investigations of 14th-century Cambridge physician and forensic sleuth Matthew Bartholomew. The pseudonymous author Susanna Gregory, a Cambridge academic, is a former coroner's officer.