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by Susanna Gregory

Category: Genre Fiction
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Author: Susanna Gregory
ISBN: 0751535443
ISBN13: 978-0751535440
Language: English
Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (June 1, 2006)
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The Mark Of A Murderer: The Eleventh Chronicle Of Matthew.

The Mark Of A Murderer: The Eleventh Chronicle Of Matthew. Pseudonymal Susanna Gregory launches us into her eleventh Matthew Bartholomew mystery with alacrity and yet again confounds her seasoned reader with a darkly convoluted tale that weaves in the fear of a rabid animal and the potential for riot with head scratching enigma. Gregory opens her prologue during a Scholastica Day riot in Oxford that leaves sity scholars dead and twice as many townspeople.

The Mark Of A Murderer book. Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew series is and will likely remain my currently favourite Mediaeval mystery series (ever since the death Ellis Peters, whose Brother Cadfael books rank amongst my all time favourite reading pleasures, period).

Also by Susanna Gregory The Matthew Bartholomew Series A Plague on Both Your Houses An Unholy Alliance A Bone of Contention A Deadly Brew A Wicked Deed A Masterly . The Mark of a Murderer. The Tarnished Chalice. The Devil’s Disciples.

Also by Susanna Gregory The Matthew Bartholomew Series A Plague on Both Your Houses An Unholy Alliance A Bone of Contention A Deadly Brew A Wicked Deed A Masterly Murder. The Killer of Pilgrims. Mystery in the Minster.

Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner’s officer. Also by Susanna Gregory. The Matthew Bartholomew Series. A plague on both your houses.

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Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew . Susanna Gregory THE MARK OF A MURDERER 2005. For Uncle Ed. With love and with enduring appreciation for his support, encouragement and enthusiasm.

Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew /. Gregory . книга The Mark of a Murderer. Oxford, 10 February 1355 (St Scholastica’s Day). The Swindlestock Tavern had been painted a delicate pale gold the previous summer, so it stood handsome and resplendent among its more shabby neighbours.

The Mark Of A Murderer. The Eleventh Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew. lt;empty-line, On St Scholastica’s Day in February 1355, Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots in its turbulent history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee the city, and some choose to travel to Cambridge, believing that the killer of one of their colleagues is to be found in the rival University town. Within hours of their arrival, one member of their party dies, followed quickly by a second. Alarmed, they quickly begin an investigation to find the culprit.

Susanna Gregory is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Cruwys, a Cambridge academic who was previously a coroner's officer. She writes detective fiction, and is noted for her series of mediaeval mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a teacher of medicine and investigator of murders in 14th-century Cambridge

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The Mark Of A Murderer : The Eleventh Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew. Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew. By (author) Susanna Gregory.

On St Scholastica's Day in February 1355, Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its turbulent history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee the city, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. However, they don't remain safe for long. Within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second.

When Bartholomew and Brother Michael begin to investigate the deaths, they uncover evidence that the Oxford riot was not a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot. With the Archbishop of Canterbury about to honour Cambridge with a Visitation, and a close colleague accused of a series of murders Bartholomew is certain he didn't commit, the race is on to solve the riddles and bring a ruthless killer to justice.

Comments to eBook The Mark of a Murderer (Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles)
Malarad
Enjoyed this one more than others, although I'm a big fan of all the chronicles. Lots of twists and turns kept me guessing to the end.
Mbon
I like the historical references, the development of the characters and the venues. It is a good mystery and gives a good look at the 14th century in Oxford and Cambridge. Love Michael and Matt. Very enjoyable reading.
Frdi
All good books
Mushicage
As always, Gregory's stories are generally interesting. However, an economy of words would often help at times so that the story line does not become overly tedious. Yet, I always come back for more as I like the good
doctor and his cohort.
Kazimi
great
Lli
This book was read by Andrew Wincott, a British actor on stage, television and radio. He has a nice flexible voice and handles the various characters in this book with ease. It wasn't his fault that I ended this book feeling vaguely dissatisfied because I've had this problem with other books in this series by this author.

While I feel that the author, Susanna Gregory, has a fairly reliable grasp of Cambridge history the plot seemed to rely overly on coincidence. And sometimes she shows then tells again as though the reader might not be relied upon to catch on without one of the characters explaining things to us.

For instance, the portly Brother Michael, Proctor, has been eating too much. Matthew, the doctor, encourages him to eat less for the sake of his health. Matthew also muses to himself that if he were involved in a fracas where Michael was his backup while they were solving a crime that Michael might not be able come to his aid if Michael was too overweight. So of course a fracas occurs and Michael cannot come to his aid. Next thing we know Michael is cutting down on his food intake. Enough said, right? No, Matthew has to muse to himself again that Michael is dieting in because he found out that he would not be able to help his friend if he were too much overweight.

When the plot isn't being driven by coincidence it's being pushed by Matthew's not very good judgment when it comes to the character of others.

It probably sounds like I do not like this book, but that is not true. I did enjoy the 16 or so hours I spent in 14th century Cambridge but I wish Ms Gregory would hone her mystery skills a bit to equal her historical skills.
Malaunitly
Susanna Gregory is not as prolific a writer as many of the authors who write this style of book and the anticipation of waiting for a new title can be quite frustrating for the reader. However the wait is always worthwhile.

I am not sure whether it is Matthew Bartholomew himself, or the setting of Cambridge in the mid-fourteenth century but Miss Gregory's books seem to carry an aura all of their own. Certainly for me and hopefully for other readers as well.

It is St. Scholastic's and Oxford is embroiled in one of the most serious riots in it history. Fearing for their lives many of the scholars flee from the city, some choosing to travel to Cambridge in the belief that the murderer of one of their colleagues may well be found in town that rival them for scholastic endeavour.

Brother Michael is furious that anyone else should try to search for the killer and is dismissive of the insistence of these upstarts that Cambridge is harbouring the murderer.

He is also annoyed that Matthew Bartholomew appears to more interested in the town's leading prostitute than the murder that has taken place.

It eventually becomes clear that the riot was not a case of random violence but part of a carefully orchestrated plot . . .
Pseudonymal Susanna Gregory launches us into her eleventh Matthew Bartholomew mystery with alacrity and yet again confounds her seasoned reader with a darkly convoluted tale that weaves in the fear of a rabid animal and the potential for riot with head scratching enigma. Gregory opens her prologue during a Scholastica Day riot in Oxford that leaves sity scholars dead and twice as many townspeople. All instigated by the dark monk.

Moving forward some months we find ourselves at Michaelhouse where Matthew is stealing out nightly to Mathilde's house and not being very inconspicuous about it. Being the gossip of the town doesn't sit well with our reflective sleuth and we quickly find Michael dragging him off to Merton Hall to investigate the stabbing of an Oxford scholar, Chesterfelde, one of a party of Oxford merchants and scholars who have left Oxford for a variety of reasons. Our suspect list builds quickly as Matthew discovers the real cause of death is a slashed wrist. In Michael's sights are Daurant (Matthew's Oxford teacher, a poppy juice addict), Polmorva (Matthew's sworn enemy from his Oxford days) and Spryngheuse (one of the monks involved in the early fight in Oxford that led to the riot). Aside from Chesterfelde, there was also Okehamptone who appears to have died from a fever en route. Accompanying them are three Oxford merchants, Wormynghalle, a tanner, Abergavenny, a burgess and Eu the spicer each tasked by Joan Goneral to find the murderer of her husband during the riots. His dying breath condemned a Cambridge scholar and they have come to seek his assailant. Throw into the mix the Merton Hall residents of Eudo, a tenant, and Boltone, bailiff of Merton Hall together with the impending visit of archbishop Islip to potentially found a new college and you have a heady brew of mystery in a political tinderbox.

Woven into the tale is King's Hall whose inhabitants of Wolfe, Norton, Hamescotes and Wormynghalle all take major supporting roles alongside the stationer Weasenham and his Langelee-loving wife, Alyce. The other Cambridge physicians take a large role here, particularly with Rougham having been attacked by the mysterious wolf and Clippesby is given a greater starring role as he acts as a useful witness whose mildly insane method of reporting confounds and exasperates us all.

By the end the riot is staved off, hell hath no fury like a woman denied her right to study and Matthew intends to marry Mathilde. It ends on a slightly sour note as our hero trots off to propose whilst she's heading out of the gate thinking he'll never get round to it. I do hope Gregory sorts it out as she's created a character that any fan of the series will have invested an emotional interest in plus it'll be interesting to see how she can keep them together and not have Matt renounce his career.

We'll see.

What makes Gregory all the more plausible is the rich historical note where she details that the major events really occurred and characters are all based on real personages. It makes it even more impressive.

This is one author at the height of her literary powers and needs far more exposure to the public than she gets at the moment.

Read it.
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