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The Habit of Murder

The Twenty-Third Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: Matthew Bartholomew, Book 23
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

In 1360 a deputation from Cambridge ventures to the Suffolk town of Clare in the hope that the wealthy Elizabeth de Burgh has left a legacy to Michaelhouse. Yet when they arrive, they discover that the report of her death is false and that the college seems destined for bankruptcy.

Determined to see if some of its well-heeled citizens can be persuaded to sponsor Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew, Brother Michael and Master Langelee become enmeshed in the town's politics. They quickly discover that a great many other people in Clare have recently met untimely deaths. These killings, combined with the arrogance Lady de Burgh has shown over the refurbishment of the church and the grotesque behaviour of some of her entourage, have created a dangerous restlessness in the town - an atmosphere intensified when yet more murders occur.

One of the victims is a fellow traveller of the Michaelhouse contingent, and Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael feel honour-bound to identify his killer. It is a hunt which takes them deep into Clare's murky foundations and which threatens their own survival as well as that of their beloved college.

©2017 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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Superb listening

I have read 22 of Suzanna Gregory's medieval books and have thoroughly enjoyed the storylines and getting to know the characters so when the chance came up to get an audible version of the latest story I jumped at the chance. Now I have voices to go with the characters and I am not disappointed. Matthew has come to life as the doctor, a little unsure of himself but determined to be heard and do his best. As for Brother Michael, he is very much like how I pictured him, a little effeminate but utterly confident in what he is about. I just love everything about these stories, so we'll written and research. Congratulations to Suzanna for an excellent another read/listen

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Better that some of the more recent chronicles

I enjoyed this book more than some of the more recent chronicles. The writing wasn't quite so formulaic probably because this book isn't set in Cambridge - for once Matthew didn't have to use his birthing forceps in defence! There are a lot of characters, a lot of sub plots and it feels like the book has two endings but it's more of the usual enjoyable stuff. Sadly, it does feel like the series is coming to an end.

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Great book

Great book in the series although I do feel like it's the end of the line ( although I do hope I'm wrong)

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  • 05-05-20

Tedious and over emphasised

This was disappointing, both story and performance.

The story became just one tedious death after another, while tHe narration is over emphasised throughout and the ‘voices’ didn’t match the characters in my head.

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brilliant

another wonderful murder mystery with all my favourite people...well researched and a real page turner

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  • 03-09-17

Always a great story.

The Bartholomew series is always a good listen. Gregory's​ books and Thorpe's​ narration are ment for each other.

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  • Skyeblu
  • 04-07-19

Could not finish

I tried but there was no way I was going to finish this one. I sent it back for refund. So slooow it was maddening. No my cup of tea.

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  • Sylvane
  • 20-05-19

What a great series!

The Habit of Murder is the 23rd Matthew Bartholomew book. The series is well plotted, well written, and lots of fun. I particularly like the end notes about the real people & incidents who inhabit both the books and Cambridge of the mid-13th century.