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Summary

The fourth chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew continues the adventures of the 14th-century Cambridge physician when he is called to attend to two deaths from some poisoned wine. The opening of a new and very well-endowed college has created petty infighting amongst the academics as new appointments are made. The winter and spring have been appallingly wet, there is a fever outbreak amongst the poorer townspeople and the country is not yet fully recovered from the aftermath of the plague. The increasing reputation and wealth of the Cambridge colleges are causing dangerous tensions between the town, church and university, and then the poisoned wine kills the first victim - a student. The second victim is Dittone, the deputy master of the new college, but there seems no connection between him and the student. Matthew must establish the facts before relations between town and gown spiral out of control.

©2008 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown

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Cloak and Dagger - Most enjoyable so Far

This is my fourth Matthew Bartholomew novel (and in the order that they were published). For me it is the best so far. First to say, however, that listening to/reading the previous 'A Bone of Contention' will help and enrich the experience of this investigation. 'A Deadly Brew' is immediate and despite the high death rate still manages good, appropriate humour. David Thorpe maintains his committed and convincing perfrmance of the book, and he does not tire. The author still shows her affection for 'glower/glowered/glowering' but less so. The plot and characterisations really hold the interest and attention, as does the way Sussana Gregory deals with female characters. I have the next listen/book already in waiting and I look forward to 'A Wicked Deed', but not for a while yet. I find mixing authors keeps things fresh, and so a William Boyd is next and then a weighty Anthony Trollope. 'A Deadly Brew' is recommended.

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Deadly Brew

I really enjoy these Bartholomew stories especially the two protagonists. It is complex without being over complicated and kept my interest. Looking forward to reading more in this series
I also enjoy the style of the narrator

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As ever entertaining and mystery with laughter.

loving the series, put in order on buying list and it will be easier to collecting each book.

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Not the best in the series

The usual characters still developing well in the series but the convoluted intertwined plots serve only to make the reader suspect that there will several twists at the very end that tend to make a lot of book pointless simply because ,if you have read any of the series before. you know that its all smoke to cover something you have no way of working out from the investigations carried out by the doctor and his fat friend.True the facts are there but the reasoning worked out by the good guys is ,always, wrong
The characterisations and the interesting setting and period keeps me coming back for more..........so far

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  • 24-02-19

Great female characters shine in this volume.

This has been my favorite in the Bartholomew mysteries so far. Edith, Matilde, and the introduction of Michael’s wily and brilliant spymaster grandmother, plus the unlikeable niece make the story much more rich and interesting.

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  • Ineffable
  • 24-08-20

WAY TOO MUCH CONVERSATION

Unlike the prior books, this installment features an abundance (perhaps excessive) amounts of conversation between characters. Instead of moving the action through narrative and interaction, ‘Deadly Brew’ talks the reader into a stupor. Good story, just way too much conversation.

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  • G. Plude
  • 11-07-18

Too much of the same thing

I like Matthew and Brother Michael, but it seems like the books reuse far too many common threads. Okay, I think we get it, all the universities are in competition with each other, the religious hate the laypeople, and the towns people hate the university people. They are getting repetitive.