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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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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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  • 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.