An Unholy Alliance, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


In 1350 the people of Cambridge are struggling to overcome the effects of the Black Death. Bands of outlaws roam the land and the high death rate among priests and monks has left the people vulnerable to sinister cults that have grown up in the wake of the plague. At Michaelhouse Matthew Bartholomew is training new physicians to replace those who died of the pestilence. When the body of a friar is found in the massive chest where the University stores its most precious documents, Bartholomew is dragged away from his teaching to investigate. But the friar's is not the only unexplained death in town. Almost by chance Bartholomew stumbles across a derelict church, abandoned since its congregation were decimated by the plague. It is now the meeting place for a mysterious sect which holds its followers in terror, and which Bartholomew believes to be at the very heart of an astonishing web of blackmail and deceit aimed to overthrow the established religion.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, map
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751519358



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An improvement on the first book; I like the continuum from the first with the society still recovering from the effects of plague. Whilst the plot is sound I just can't get on with the writer's style.

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 Realised I haven't read the latest few of these, so am working my way through to them in order. Book 2. Poor Matthew Bartholomew, all he wants to do is get on with teaching his students his slightly unorthodox methods of treating patients and he gets dragged off to solve two mysteries. They appear to be related, but in fact it is two, and that only becomes apparent right at the end (which I wont give away). As previously, the largeer than life Brother michael is also tasked with solving the mystery of how a friar broke into the University stong box and got himself killed and then locked in the chect. oops. the second concerns a series of prostitute murders, but also the murder of a young woman who came to Bartholomew for help, only to find herself dead the next night. Via a series of poisioned locks, a miserable clerk and some cloth wagon stealing, our two slightly inept detectives do actually sort it all out. They really ought to work out who to trust, rather than discussin the case with all and sundry, including the clerk, who's up to his armpits in it!

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The 2nd Matthew Bartholomew historical whodunnit. Still falls short on character development, plot & depth of historical detail. Read Nov 2005

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