The Tarnished Chalice, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


On a bitter winter evening in 1356, Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael arrive in Lincoln - Michael to accept an honour from the cathedral, and Bartholomew to look for the woman he wants to marry. It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780751535457



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I don't even know how to rate this, this is one in a mystery series that I enjoy moderately well, and will pick up a book when I see it at the library so I've read them all out of order and they've blended together in my head to become one long book. They take place in the Middle Ages, in Cambridge, where Middle Ages people get murdered in Middle Ages ways, and then monks and scholars investigate. More than once I have re-read a book in the series by accident and didn't realize it until half way through. It's the kind of series where there are always little things that are supposed to make the reader say "ahhh," like in this book when they talk about people suddenly engaging in mass hysteria and it's blamed on the devil, and you, The Modern Reader, can say "ahhh, that's ergotism."I think this series might be getting too long, this is one of the later ones and I couldn't be bothered to keep up with all the characters and their possible motivations and possible opportunities.Someone got murdered and it involved monks, that was my big take-away.Yet, despite this, I would probably still pick up another one in the series if I happened to come across it.

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