For the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Matthew Bartholomew series, Sphere is delighted to reissue all of the medieval monk's cases with beautiful new series-style covers.
The seventeenth chronicle in the Matthew Bartholomew series.
In 1358 the fledging college of Michaelhouse in Cambridge is in need of extra funds. A legacy from the Archbishop of York of a parish close to that city promises a welcome source of income. However, there has been another claim to its ownership and it seems the only way to settle the dispute is for a deputation from Michaelhouse to travel north.
Matthew Bartholomew is among the small party which arrives in the bustling city, where the increasing wealth of the merchants is unsettling the established order, and where a French invasion is an ever-present threat to its port. But soon he and his colleagues learn that many of the Archbishop's executors have died in unexplained circumstances and that the codicil naming Michaelhouse as a beneficiary cannot be found...
'A first-rate treat for mystery lovers' (Historical Novels Review)
'Susanna Gregory has an extraordinary ability to conjure up a strong sense of time and place' (Choice)
Set in 1358, Gregory's superb 17th whodunit starring Cambridge physician Matthew Bartholomew (after 2010's The Killer of Pilgrims) takes Bartholomew and several other fellows of Michaelhouse College to York, where they try to resolve a dispute over a legacy of the city's late archbishop. Six years after the death of Archbishop William Zouche, the fellows of Michaelhouse learn that he bequeathed them a chapel, which would go a long way toward addressing their financial woes. Unfortunately, there appears to be only oral evidence for the bequest, and executors of Zouche's estate, who might have confirmed its existence, have been dying off at an alarming rate. The pace never slackens, despite the book's length, and Gregory again proves adept at weaving a plot complicated enough to be baffling but not so intricate as to become confusing.