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    • A Plague on Both Your Houses

    • The First Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 203

    Matthew Bartholomew, unorthodox but effective physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • If I could give 3.5 I would. Entertaining enough

    • By Louis Hall on 05-06-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Sacred Stone

    • By: C.J. Sansom, Bernard Knight, Susanna Gregory, and others
    • Narrated by: Paul Matthews
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    Masters of the historical mystery, authors Michael Jecks, Susanna Gregory, Bernard Knight, Ian Morson, Philip Gooden, Simon Beaufort, and C.J. Sansom band together as The Medieval Murderers to craft this thrilling tale. In 1067 Greenland, a strange stone falls from the sky. Over the next 600 years, violence and death follow whoever possesses it, including crusading knights, a dying King Henry III, and a troupe of His Majesty King James I’s players.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as absorbing as the summary would suggest

    • By Christopher on 11-07-13

    Regular price: £26.29

    • An Unholy Alliance

    • The Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    In 1350 the people of Cambridge are struggling to overcome the effects of the Black Death - and with a high mortality rate among priests and monks, the townsfolk are vulnerable to sinister cults that have sprung up. At Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew is training new physicians when the body of a friar is found in the massive chest that the university uses to store precious documents. While investigating, Bartholomew stumbles across a derelict church being used as a meeting place for the mysterious sect he believes is at the heart of a web of blackmail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An exceptional alliance

    • By Siubhan O Dubhain on 28-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Killer of Pilgrims

    • The Sixteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    When a wealthy benefactor is found dead in Michaelhouse, Brother Michael and Matthew Bartholomew must find the culprit before the college is accused of foul play. At the same time, Cambridge is plagued by a mystery thief who is targeting rich pilgrims. Moreover, pranksters are at large in the university, staging a series of practical jokes that are growing increasingly dangerous and that are dividing scholars into bitterly opposed factions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good read

    • By fran on 14-09-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Habit of Murder

    • The Twenty-Third Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better that some of the more recent chronicles

    • By Spiky Potplant on 12-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Masterly Murder

    • The Sixth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Michaelhouse is in uproar: Kenyngham, the saintly but ageing master, has announced his retirement, and with unseemly haste Runham arranges his own 'election' as his successor. Within days he has dismissed several members of staff, including the redoubtable laundress Agatha, and is making life so unpleasant for the scholars that even Matthew Bartholomew believes his future as physician and teacher at the college is untenable.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sadly disappointing

    • By mollyeyre on 07-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Mystery in the Minster

    • The Seventeenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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. Soon Matthew Bartholomew and his colleagues learn that many of the Archbishop's executors have died in unexplained circumstances.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of the better Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles

    • By Spiky Potplant on 28-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Westminster Poisoner

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    After the Puritan ban on Christmas festivities Restoration London is awash with excess between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night, but the two men found in Westminster Hall had not died from a surfeit of gluttony, but from poison. The Lord Chancellor appoints Chaloner as his investigator into the killiings, believing them to be of scant importance to the affairs of state he deals with.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By WmL on 07-08-12

    Regular price: £18.09

    • Death in St James's Park

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Five years after Charles II's triumphant return there is growing mistrust of his extravagant court - and when a cart laden with gunpowder explodes outside the General Letter Office, it is immediately clear that such an act is more than an expression of outrage at the postal service. As intelligencer to the Lord Chamberlain, Thomas Chaloner cannot understand why an incompetent man is put in charge of the investigation while he is diverted to make enquiries about the poisoning of birds in the King's aviary in St James's Park.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable and mysterious!

    • By Learning is fun! on 22-08-14

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Lost Abbot

    • The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with the lovely Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since. When the Commissioners arrive, they find the town in turmoil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An entertaining mystery

    • By Learning is fun! on 14-06-14

    Regular price: £16.99

    • A Bone of Contention

    • The Third Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    Cambridge in 1352 is rife with terrible clashes between the fledgling university and the townspeople. Matthew Bartholomew, physician and teacher at Michaelhouse College, is trying to keep the peace when a student is murdered and the town plunges into chaos. At the same time, a skeleton is discovered that is rumoured to belong to a local martyr, and Bartholomew has his hands full investigating both deaths while the rioting intensifies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic narration

    • By Mrs S on 21-07-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Tarnished Chalice

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So SLOW!!!

    • By twigs way on 12-02-10

    Regular price: £24.49

    • The Devil's Disciples

    • The Fourteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Rumours of plague threaten Cambridge again, 10 years after the Black Death had almost laid waste to the town. Neither the church nor its priests had defended people from the disease, and now they turn elsewhere for protection, to pagan ritual and magical potions. It is a ripe atmosphere to be exploited by the mysterious 'Sorcerer', an anonymous magician whose increasing influence seems certain to oust both civil and church leaders from power.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A "Good Listen" (with some reservations).

    • By Anthony M. Padgett on 09-09-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Summer of Discontent

    • The Eighth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    Matthew Bartholomew jumps at the chance to travel to Ely with Brother Michael, as it will give him a unique opportunity to study in the richly stocked library of the Benedictine priory. Michael has been summoned to the city by his bishop, but it isn't until they arrive that they discover the reason - the bishop has been accused of murder. The charge seems ludicrous, but Michael takes the investigation seriously and energetically sets about his task. Almost immediately he discovers that there appears to have been a series of unexplained deaths in the area.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellently researched & read Medieval who done it

    • By B. A. Chapman on 13-09-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Grave Concern

    • The Twenty Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the university is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So disappointing

    • By SEB on 15-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Killer in Winter

    • The Ninth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Cambridge, 1354. Christmas approaches, and the town is gripped by the worst blizzards in living memory. As the physician Matthew Bartholomew struggles to help the poorer citizens cope with freezing temperatures, his colleagues prepare for the festivities. The weather has trapped many travellers in the town, including Matthew's erstwhile love, Philippa. She and her wealthy husband are invited to Michaelhouse for the main feast, and Matthew is horrified that he does not immediately recognise the overweight, sulky woman who once stole his heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Sarah on 03-01-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death of a Scholar

    • The Twentieth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    In the summer of 1358 the physician Matthew Bartholomew returns to Cambridge to learn that his beloved sister is in mourning after the unexpected death of her husband, Oswald Stanmore. Aware that his son has no interest in the cloth trade that made his fortune and reputation, Oswald has left the business to his widow, but a spate of burglaries in the town distracts Matthew from supporting Edith in her grief and attempting to keep the peace between her and her wayward son.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Continuing Audio Problems with this Series

    • By Clementi on 31-12-17

    Regular price: £17.99

    • An Order for Death

    • The Seventh Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    Believers in the theory of nominalism have set some Cambridge colleges at the throats of those who believe them to be heretics, and Michael, the senior proctor, has his work cut out to keep the peace. When a nominalist is murdered during a riot, Michael is certain he will easily find the killer amongst the Dominicans, but before he can get any sense out of them his junior proctor, Walcote, is found hanged, and he discovers that his trusted ally had arranged secret meetings at the St Ragelund Convent....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Sarah on 08-11-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Mark of a Murderer

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    February 1355: Oxford explodes in one of the most serious riots of its history. Fearing for their lives, the scholars flee, and some choose the University at Cambridge as their temporary refuge. But they don't remain safe for long. Within hours of their arrival, the first of their number dies, followed quickly by a second. When Matthew Bartholomew begins to investigate the deaths, he uncovers evidence that the Oxford riot was not a case of random violence, but part of a carefully orchestrated plot.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good read

    • By Ruth on 25-10-08

    Regular price: £24.69

    • The Hand of Justice

    • The Tenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    In Cambridge, 1355, the colleges of the fledgling university are as much at odds with each other as they are with the ordinary townfolk. This tension has recently been heightened by the return of two well-born murderers after receiving the King's pardon, showing no remorse but ready to confront those who helped convict them. And in the midst of this Bartholomew the physician is called to the local mill to examine two corpses. It is almost a relief to be able to turn his back on the fractious town, but as always in Cambridge nothing is disconnected.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By fiona on 01-09-17

    Regular price: £19.99

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