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Susanna Gregory.
A Masterly Murder: The Sixth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew.

Published London: Little, Brown & co., 2000 (1st UK edition).
ISBN 0316646261;
ISBN-13: 9780316646261.
Binding: hardback, perfect bound.
Size: 137x221x32mm.
Page count: 406pp.
Main language: English.
Overall condition good: unused but with some noticeable shop wear: some scuffs and ruffles to the dustjacket; the pages have become yellowed with age.


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[Publisher's price £16.99]
Weight without packaging: 597g.

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Cambridge, 1353 - it is a damp, gloomy November day, and the body by the Cam is just the beginning of the intrigue in store for Michaelhouse…

Physician Matthew Bartholomew recognises the deceased as the book-bearer of the Michaelhouse Fellow John Runham. The death certainly looks like suicide - Runham's servant was well known for his black moods and heavy drinking - but before Batholomew can reach a definitive conclusion, a second tragic incident occurs. At Bene't College, a Fellow has plunged to his death from the top of a building scaffold. And when his colleague claims to know who pushed him, he too is mysteriously murdered.

Meanwhile, at Michaelhouse itself, great change is afoot. The current Master, admired and respected by both Bartholomew and his colleagues, announces his intention to retire. It is a decision that takes everyone by surprise - everyone except the ruthless Runham. Hastily elected, he immediately moves to make his mark upon the college; he forces one Fellow to leave, sacks the choir, and dismissed numerous staff, including Bartholomew's loyal servant Cynric; he builds a courtyard the college cannot afford, infuriating Bene't in the process by poaching their workers to do so; he then attempts to force Bartholomew out, demanding that the physician choose between his teaching and his medical work - but just as Bartholomew is agonising over such an impossible decision, the new Master is discovered dead…

 

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