Murder by the Book, Paperback
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: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages, maps (black and white)
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780751542578



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This addition to the Matthew Bartholomew series is good, but I thought it not quite as good as others in this series. There are even more deaths than usual in this book, and Matthew and Michael are hard-pressed to keep up with the bodies that keep turning up in the strangest places. One of Cambridge's more prominent citizens has donated an old inn to the university for a common library. It causes acrimony in the community because some of the scholars are not for this plan. Then there are rumours of French spies and a large militant band of smugglers in the area. All of these forces together have put the town on edge. Matt, Michael and their friend Sheriff Tulyet have to work together to thwart all these threats and find a killer that is on the loose. There is certainly a lot of action in the book, but I found it a bit difficult to follow all the story lines. But, as usual, Ms. Gregory uses real people and events to flesh out her books. They make 14 century Cambridge, England come alive. I love Matthew and Brother Michael. They are such real characters and it's always fun to see what troubles they get into.

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