A Deadly Brew, Paperback
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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 in-fighting 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, map
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751520071



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 Another mystery in medaeval cambridge that it requires Brother Michael & Dr Bartholemew to solve. This starts on the day of the inaugeration of a new master of a troublesome college, and bu the end of the day there are 2 very similar deaths to investigate - bu a fast acting poison. So where did the bottles come from? And what has this got to do with an expanded smuggling operation that's causing damage and destruction this winter. It all gets a bit intricate, there's a case of winter fever that turns out to be somewhat sinister, and they get into serious trouble more than once, but come through with the villian identified. We meet Brother Michael's grandmother - a very interesting woman and there has to be something genetic at work there! As usual, some of the minor characters are a bit thin, but the whole hangs together rather well. Overall, pretty good.

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