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The Lost Abbot The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by Susanna Gregory

The Lost Abbot The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

Part of the Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew Series
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The nineteenth in Gregory’s delightful Matthew Bartholomew series about a fourteenth century sleuthing physician in Cambridge. It’s definitely worth starting at the beginning with A Plague on Both Your Houses if you haven’t read Gregory before. Bartholomew’s friend Brother Michael is charged by the Bishop to travel to Peterborough to uncover the truth when the Abbot goes missing but no sooner do they arrive than the first murder is committed and the bodies begin to swiftly pile up. As a backdrop to this we’re given an old story in the prologue which we soon discover has bearing on the contemporary happenings as lucrative relics, their miracle granting powers and greed become central to the story.

If you like Susanna Gregory you might also like to read books by Michael Jecks, Deanna Raybourn and Paul Doherty.

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The Lost Abbot The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by Susanna Gregory

In the summer of 1358 Matthew Bartholomew finds himself one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, sent north to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the Abbot of Peterborough. He and his colleagues quickly learn that behind the beautiful facade of the Benedictine monastery there is a vicious struggle for power, and that not everyone would be happy to see the prelate's safe return. This unrest and discontent seems to have spread throughout the town, and there are bitter rivalries between competing shrines and the financial benefits of the relics they hold. One of these shrines is dedicated to Lawrence de Oxforde, a robber and murderer who was executed for his crimes, but who has been venerated ever since miracles started occurring at his grave. But when Bartholomew and his friend Brother Michael go to investigate, they find murder instead...


Gregory's obvious command of period detail convincingly transports the reader to England in 1358--San Francisco Book Review As in her previous chronicles, the author blends meticulous historical data into a well-paced, hard to put down story. A first-rate treat for mystery lovers!--Historical Novels Review on Mystery in the Minster

About the Author

Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, doing fieldwork with whales, seals and walruses during seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology. She is the creator of the Thomas Chaloner series of mysteries set in Restoration London as well as the Matthew Bartholomew books, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.

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5th June 2014


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Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


416 pages


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