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AWicked Deed The Fifth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by Gregory,… (original 1999; udgave 2000)

af Susanna Gregory (Forfatter)

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Matthew Bartholomew, doctor of medicine and fellow of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, is travelling with a party from the college to accept the gift of the living of a parish in Suffolk. One of his companions, Unwin, an unworldly scholar, is to be installed as priest. Their journey is not without incident - they are chased by footpads, pass through an eery village abandoned after the recent plague and find a man barely alive on a gibbet - so they reach their destination with some relief. But their thoughts of recovering while enjoying the local Pentecostal Fair are soon curtailed, as they are immediately thrust into the machinations of local boundary disputes between three landowners. Then all such squabbles seem mere trivia when Unwin is murdered in the very church which was to have been his home. While trying to investigate a possible motive for his killing, Bartholomew discovers that this is not the first unnatural death in the village - deaths which everyone has put down to the curse of the plague dead village. He is of too practical a mind to believe the superstitions, but is he wily enough to work out the real motive behind the murders and who will gain from them?… (mere)
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Titel:AWicked Deed The Fifth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew by Gregory, Susanna ( Author ) ON Jun-01-2000, Paperback
Forfattere:Susanna Gregory (Forfatter)
Info:Little, Brown Book Group (2000)
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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A Wicked Deed af Susanna Gregory (1999)

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Like the other of Gregory's books in this series so far, it is repetitious in the extreme. But, if you can deal with the same argument between Bartholomew and Michael, it has an interesting plot. As always, the author gives us a peek into life in those times and good reasons for offering up prayers we live when we do--which is no doubt what each generation says.

The reader cannot guess many of the mysteries since we are never actually give THE clues--only clues to the clues. That's okay. Why read to the end if the mystery is already solved. ( )
  kaulsu | Jul 1, 2016 |
‘A Wicked Deed’ continues the adventures of the 14th century physician, Matthew Bartholomew. The mystery is well paced and suspense builds and lasts through to the end of the book.

A group from Michaelhouse college in Cambridge sets out to visit a village just outside Ipswich which has promised to pay its church's living to the college. The group includes Bartholomew; his friend Michael, the obese monk who is Senior Proctor for the university colleges; Cynric, the wily Welsh archer; and the odious Alcote, Michael’s Junior Proctor.

Once again, we are treated to the various hilarious and gruesome goings on that are synonymous with Matthew Bartholomew chronicles. The description of a village debate on the subject “Does the Earth Rotate?” is laugh-out-loud funny. The group passes through the village of Grundisburgh, where they find a hanged man who later disappears, and the eerie deserted medieval village of Barchester. Along the way, they cross paths with the spectral hound, Padfoot. Local legends say anyone catching sight of Padfoot is sure to pass away within days. Cynric is convinced that he is next after he prevents Padfoot from attacking Bartholomew and spirals into an uncharacteristic depression. Michael is wheeling and dealing to ensure the deed committing the church funds is signed by the local lord. Meanwhile, the bodies pile up.

Gregory's research is impeccable and she paints a fascinating portrait of England in the years following the Black Death. However, her greatest achievement is the robust and three dimensional characters she draws. Matthew's idealism and honesty contrasts well with the more complex natures of his friends and colleagues, as well as with a satisfyingly unpleasant and diversely motivated bunch of evildoers. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 1, 2012 |
This was not my favourite of the Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles, but it was still a good story. It was full of superstition and mystery and the ending was not what I thought it would be. It is set in the 14th Century and not in Cambridge like the other novels, but in rural Suffolk. I liked the intrigue and fighting between the Manor lords and also the way the people believed in the folklore even though at the time this was considered heresy. It was also interesting to read about the devastation of the plague to the rural villages and the problems it left behind for many years. A good crime novel, but not the best. ( )
  WomblingStar | Jul 25, 2009 |
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Matthew Bartholomew, doctor of medicine and fellow of Michaelhouse, Cambridge, is travelling with a party from the college to accept the gift of the living of a parish in Suffolk. One of his companions, Unwin, an unworldly scholar, is to be installed as priest. Their journey is not without incident - they are chased by footpads, pass through an eery village abandoned after the recent plague and find a man barely alive on a gibbet - so they reach their destination with some relief. But their thoughts of recovering while enjoying the local Pentecostal Fair are soon curtailed, as they are immediately thrust into the machinations of local boundary disputes between three landowners. Then all such squabbles seem mere trivia when Unwin is murdered in the very church which was to have been his home. While trying to investigate a possible motive for his killing, Bartholomew discovers that this is not the first unnatural death in the village - deaths which everyone has put down to the curse of the plague dead village. He is of too practical a mind to believe the superstitions, but is he wily enough to work out the real motive behind the murders and who will gain from them?

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