Murder by the Book, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


It is drawing near to the end of term, and the University at Cambridge is in turmoil over the opening of a new Common Library.

There is an attack on one of the masters at a meeting to discuss the matter, and a body is found floating in the pond in the library's garden on the eve of its opening.

Meanwhile, there are rumours of a large force of dangerous smugglers lurking in the Fens.

Aided by their friend Sheriff Tulyet, Bartholomew and Michael must thwart the invaders before the Feast of Corpus Christi the following week.

To fail might mean the destruction of the town...


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages, map
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781847442963



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More interesting and probable (as well as better written and more thoroughly edited) than some of the recent installments of the Matthew Bartholomew series, I found <u>Murder by the Book</u> both enlightening and engaging (I have to admit that I don't really read Mediaeval mysteries for the whodunnit aspect, for the mystery itself, but more for the historical descriptions, the slice of life of centuries gone by, and the Matthew Bartholomew series is amongst my favourites, as it is not only historical, but also shows the history of British academia, specifically Cambridge University). I generally love the characters Susanna Gregory creates (although she does, at times, overuse evil and warped female characters, at least in my opinion). And <u>Murder by the Book</u> has not disappointed; it is an engaging read, as well as historically eye-opening (as someone who loves libraries and relies on libraries, it was and is rather difficult to fathom that in Mediaeval Cambridge, the mere proposal of constructing a university library could lead to animosity, even murder). Although <u>Murder by the Book</u> could be read as a stand-alone, I would generally recommend being a bit familiar with the series as a whole (for this particular novel, knowing something about the events presented in <u>A Killer of Pilgrims</u> would definitely be useful, albeit not absolutely necessary). And finally, as a small request to Susanna Gregory herself, I would dearly love it, if she considered bringing back the character of Mathilde (not only was/is she a lovely, intelligent and intriguing character, and a personal favourite, but both she and Matthew really do fit together, both she and Matthew deserve to be together and be happy together).

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