Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention matthew bartholomew unholy alliance brother michael plague on both your houses look forward susanna gregory character development forward to reading books in the series book in the series cambridge mystery university medieval mysteries century church historical physician sometimes. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Second Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew is a good follow-up to the first book of this series and I found that I liked it.
The principal characters are well developed and identifiable. The book itself is well laid out and I found the chapters to be shorter than they were in the first book. There were a few minor problems with the book, which I think were conversion issues from the original to Kindle format. There were words running into each other throughout the book and there were one or two words that had symbols instead of letters.
I hope that these problems have been corrected in later books in the series. For those interested in this type of literature, I highly recommend giving the series a chance. When I read the first one, I did so with reservation. One person found this helpful. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. For the lover of historical mysteries, Susanna Gregory's Matthew Bartholomew series is a find. Readers who enjoy Elizabeth Peters' Brother Cadfael series will likely also find joy in Matt Bartholomew, the physician sleuth Gregory created.
As I loved the first in the series of Matthew Bartholomew books, I jumped on the second. However, I was sorely disappointed. The character development is nonexistent, even in the case of the protagonist. The solution to the "mystery" is obvious within the first hundred pages. And worst of all, the author fails to bring the 14th century to life as she did so splendidly in the first novel.
I am slowly reading my way through these mysteries, and am really enjoying them. The medieval details and setting are done superbly. At times, the main story gets a little slow, but they keep me coming back. The characters have been drawn well and I look forward to each new adventure they go through.
I've read all the books in this series - mostly in chronological order, but it doesn't matter as Susanna fleshes out the characters for readers in whatever order you read the books. I appreciate the historical note included at the end of each book, describing actual persons, places and events used in the story.
I like this series ok, but this one seemed a bit long and unnecessarily drawn out.
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Good character development though. The author has written another interesting tale of murder and mystery. I love Cambridge and the early history of the University and town lives makes it more fascinating. For the twentieth anniversary of the Matthew Bartholomew series, Sphere is delighted to reissue the first three books with beautiful new series-style covers. In , the people of Cambridge are struggling to overcome the effects of the Black Death - and with a high mortality rate among priests and monks, the townsfolk are vulnerable to sinister cults that have sprung up.
At Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew is training new physicians when the body of a friar is found in the massive chest that the University uses to store precious documents. While investigating, Bartholomew stumbles across a derelict church being used as a meeting place for the mysterious sect he believes is at the heart of a web of blackmail and deceit - with intention to overthrow the established religion.
Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, worked seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology. She is the creator of the Matthew Bartholomew series of mysteries set in medieval Cambridge and the Thomas Chaloner adventures in Restoration London, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.
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An Unholy Alliance Matthew Bartholomew, 2 3. Two years after the Black Death has decimated the population of England, a new killer is stalking the streets of Cambridge: Matthew Bartholomew, a physician with ideas ahead of his time and his companion, the portly monk Brother Michael, must uncover the identity of the killer before he strikes again. Meanwhile, ban Two years after the Black Death has decimated the population of England, a new killer is stalking the streets of Cambridge: Meanwhile, bands of homeless peasants roam the land, shunning lives of virtual slavery in the fields, and turning instead to robbery and violence.
The high death rate among priests and monks has left the people vulnerable to sinister cults that have grown up in the wake of the plague. During the course of their investigation, Bartholomew and Brother Michael are compelled to undertake the exhumation of a clerk, eavesdrop on a sinister meeting in an abandoned church, and engage in a hair-raising chase on horseback to save their lives as they close in on an evil coven taking advantage of the despair caused by the plague.
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Published December 1st by St. Martin's Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Unholy Alliance , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Presenting an evocative, immediate sense of both time and place, the author once again introduces, portrays characters who are delightfully human, who often tend to grow on you and become part of you to such an extent that you might even personally enjoy having some if not many of them as friends and perhaps even more but I guess that holds mostly true for characters like Matthew, Brother Michael, Mathilde the Prostitute and Oswald Stanhope, as of course, the same cannot really be said about some of the lesser and especially the villainous personages, but truly, all of the presented and featured literary figures, both heroes and villains, are for the most part portrayed as richly nuanced, and even with regard to those characters who do end up as scoundrels, as criminals, their nastiness, their negativity, their threatening and dangerous natures, that is often not all that obvious and readily noticeable at the onset, is delightfully, sometimes even rather creepily and strangely hidden.
Now An Unholy Alliance actually features two separate mysteries, namely who is killing the town prostitutes, and who has kidnapped university officials and is engaging in seemingly satanic rituals in a decrepit unused church. And one is almost lulled into thinking that as soon as Matthew and Brother Michael have solved the second mystery who is the main instigator of the satanic rituals, the kidnappings etc. Combined with an at times horrifying, yet thankfully always realistic ambience and sense of what Cambridge as a university and as a town was like during the Middle Ages, during the first bout of the Black Death and its immediate aftermath, An Unholy Alliance is highly recommended for ANYONE but especially for historical mystery enthusiasts who are looking for a series that is not too gratuitously violent, that is intelligent, informative and has living and breathing, has authentic seeming persons as its cast of characters.
And the academic setting of Cambridge University is an added bonus, an evocative painting of what academic life was like in Medieval Cambridge, Medieval Britain not only its positives, but also its many negatives. View all 3 comments.
An Unholy Alliance (Matthew Bartholomew, #2) by Susanna Gregory
Dec 28, Sophie Narey Bookreview- aholic rated it really liked it Shelves: Susanna Gregory Recommended for: Matthew Bartholomew is a physican with amazing ideas that are far advance for his time two years after the Black Death who ends up trying to find out who the killer is before he strikes again, he is joined by his friend the portly monk Brother Michael. We go on the hunt with them to find out who the killer is, e Published: We go on the hunt with them to find out who the killer is, eavesdrop on a secret conversation in an abandoned church, end up on a chase on horse back to try to save their lives.
Susanna Gregory is an incredibly talented author who engages with the reader and draws them into the mysteries she creates, the characters that feature in the novel are all very well described you get a real sense of who they were and what it was like for them to live at that time. This is a perfect book for fans of historical mystery fiction! Mar 22, Lacer rated it really liked it. The second Matthew Bartholomew book, in this one, Cambridge is reeling from the aftermath of the plague, they're struggling to get enough food, surviving tradesmen hold monopolies and there is not enough clergy.
Some of the population have also turned their backs on God and have taken up witchcraft. When a dead monk is found in a university chest and prostitutes are being murdered, Bartholomew and his friend Michael are asked to investigate. Cue more really tangled plots. Aug 24, LJ rated it really liked it Shelves: As senior physician, he is called to examine a body mysteriously discovered inside the treasured, and supposedly secure, University chest, which holds all the most valued, documents. Witchcraft is also on the rise and someone is brutally murdering prostitutes and marking their foot with a small circle of blood.
Gregory's has created an interesting 14th Century physician protagonist would rather be teaching and attending to his patients rather than conducting investigations. With strong supporting characters and rich historical detail, this is another very good book in a well-done series. The stories are just a bit overlong and the plot overcomplicated, but it all works together well.
I recommend reading the series in order, and I do recommend reading the series. Jul 11, Crysta rated it liked it. There's a good chance I didn't love this book because the edition I found at the library mistakenly lists it as the first book in the series and I didn't know any better until I started reading it. I like a good mystery and I really enjoy historical fiction. This, though, just didn't ring my bell. The mystery was too convoluted - so much so that the main characters spend quite a bit of time puzzling over all the different pieces with nothing more falling into place.
The end of the book There's a good chance I didn't love this book because the edition I found at the library mistakenly lists it as the first book in the series and I didn't know any better until I started reading it.
The end of the book required a lengthy explanation of everything that had happened, and even then I had trouble following all the pieces of the solution. The characters weren't particularly interesting and so they didn't add to the story in any meaningful way.
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All that said, I did read it quickly and found myself trying to figure out the solution as I read. Dec 04, Pauline rated it really liked it. Good pace — I am able to put the book down when it's time to do other things. I even fall asleep reading which is what I need — to be able to sleep — not necessarily from boredom. I like the friendship that has developed between a physician and a monk that enjoys eating. After reading the first book, I was happy to see the same characters again. I will definitely read the third book.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nov 11, Monica Willyard rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an excellent mystery with a lot of historical details deftly woven into the plot. Nov 29, James Casey rated it liked it. I am sorry Susanna but although I quite liked the first of the Mark Bartholomew series I found myself quite bored with this one.
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He is a serious chap and doesn't have much humour about him. He went into the investigation of the crime guite reluctantly, he just wanted to get along with his teaching and doctoring, and although more crimes followed and he thought himself under threat,the plot seemed to get a bit confused and so did he, it seemed that he was going round in circles even though he ask I am sorry Susanna but although I quite liked the first of the Mark Bartholomew series I found myself quite bored with this one. He went into the investigation of the crime guite reluctantly, he just wanted to get along with his teaching and doctoring, and although more crimes followed and he thought himself under threat,the plot seemed to get a bit confused and so did he, it seemed that he was going round in circles even though he asked all the right questions but got all the wrong answers.
I very nearly put the book down but read on without any enthusiasm and then Hey Presto! It didn'make me want to read the next one. Mar 26, John rated it it was ok Shelves: