The Lost Abbot : The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew, Paperback

The Lost Abbot : The Nineteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew Paperback

Part of the Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew series

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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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, map (black and white)
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780751549744



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This is the 19 book in the Matthew Bartholomew series, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. Ms. Gregory' 14 century mystery series set in Cambridge, England is always one that brings history to life. The books are always very entertaining and the mysteries are always tricky. There is one thing that the books always have and that's lots of murder and mayhem with some light comic relief with Matt's portly friend Brother Michael, and with other members of Michaelhouse College. This book offers that as well, but this one is set entirely outside of Cambridge. Matthew, Brothers Michael, William, Clippesby,Matt's book-bearer Cynric and the head of their college Ralph Langelee are all on a trip for the bishop to the town of Peterborough to find our what happened to the abbot from Peterborough. He went out for a ride with the village of physician to a neighbouring village and never returned. Matt and his Michaelhouse crew find themselves in a den of iniquity. The list of sins in the town is long and Matthew and Michael are at their wits end trying to unravel the mystery of the disappearance of the two citizens. Murders are happening around them, and there is a regular rogues gallery of people that live in the pretty little town. I enjoyed the book, but found it a bit rushed and the book seemed to skip around a bit this time. Still an enjoyable sojourn into 14th century England, and I really enjoy the characters and the interactions between them. The settings are always perfectly described. It's like a step back in time reading a Matthew Bartholomew book.

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