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In 1350 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.

©1996 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Helen M Bates
  • 22-04-2018

An unholy alliance

Long drawn out tale.
eNot much happens and what does is very repetitive. Narrator was the best part. His many voices of the characters were excellent.

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  • Siubhan O Dubhain
  • 28-08-2017

An exceptional alliance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great story told by a master of characterisation. He brings medieval Cambridge to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's got to be Michael! I always imagined him looking something like Dara O' Brian, but David Thorpe added an extra dimension with that slightly lispy upper class accent.

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favourite?

There are so many.... Cynric the Welshman, Agatha the cook, random yokels.... love the variations.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Take a punt on the Cam. If the plague doesn't get you, a mad monk will.

Any additional comments?

Only recently tapped into audios, when diagnosed with eye cancer. Lay in bed chuckling through my radiotherapy. Always loved Gregory.... tended to flick through the descriptive bits but David Thorpe is a genius and every word was a jewel. Thank you so much.

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  • Sunshine
  • 27-07-2018

Excellent Narration

Superb choice of Narrator - I like the way he varies the voices and has kept the same Characters' accents the same as in the previous book.

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  • Patricia Salt
  • 24-07-2018

Mediaeval murder mystery

A thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery centred around Cambridge after the plague with many twists and turns. Another triumph for Dr Bartholomew.

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  • Sarah
  • 24-07-2018

A right good yarn

I wonder if the plot line needs to be so complicated but wonderful characters make it a joy to listen. David Thorpe brings all the characters to life and Brother Michael is especially entertaining, I want him to be my best mate!

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  • M.Martin
  • 01-07-2018

An enjoyable listen

I bought this after listening to the first book and really enjoyed it. I love the narration as it brings the characters alive and you can really see the book in your head. I wasn't as taken with the story as the first book, but none the less it was an enjoyable whodunit and a satisfying ending. Cannot wait for the next book.

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  • bethanmorris
  • 11-01-2018

bit over-explained

I really enjoyed the atmosphere created by the storytelling but felt that the writing goes a bit overboard on spelling out the plot towards the end.

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  • rachel sparrowhawk
  • 04-10-2017

walk in to the past and join in with the adventure

I love the way the charaters in these books gets brought to life by David Thorp I love Mitchell. I love the books the story line and the voices and all thank you. I miss the characters inbetween credits specially now only takes me a day or two and have to wait a whole month for the new please turn to a tv series

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  • Sandy
  • 21-07-2017

A fascinating chronicale of medieval Cambridge.

Well written and excellently portrayed my the reader. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • shirley
  • 16-07-2017

Excellent

Another excell
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  • Mrs
  • 19-05-2017

David Thorpe is just a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!

Brilliant story completely brought to life with David Thorpe's array of voices - fantastic, love it!

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