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To Kill or Cure

The Thirteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: Matthew Bartholomew, Book 13
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town's landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students' hostels, and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension between town and gown is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine, but his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation - and his life....

©2017 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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To Kill or Cure

To have David Thorpe back as narrator is simply priceless!!!!!! His impersonations are just amazing, especially that of Michael. I have so far enjoyed all the books in this series, don’t get me wrong the other narrator did a good job too but David is in a class of his own. Can’t wait to start the next book!

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  • Mr A G Reid
  • 28-06-2018

One of the best!!!!

One of the best Matthew Bartholomew books. Gripping story and lots of fun! Had to laugh out loud many times! Brilliant!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-2019

One of the Best

This is possibly my favourite so far, working through from the beginning. They are always better in my opinion when the motley crew at Michael House are involved and in this story much time was spent there. Fair enough Clixby and Sutton were missing but Brother William was on form with his rabid hatred of Dominicans, whom he blames for everything with such uncompromising virulence that it always makes me laugh. Plenty of twists and turns and Matthew and Michael are as slow as ever but then with Matthew's naivety and basic goodness and Michael not being able to pass the Brazen George for some nosh and ale, it is no wonder. The usual high mortality rate but our intrepid duo plod on regardless, going round in circles whilst they occasionally manage to carry out their teaching roles. Death or no these books are such fun.

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  • david ambler
  • 19-03-2019

written & performed as good as ever

the ever reliable pairing of author & narrator . the only negative being poor production & very distracting editing .

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  • B. A. Chapman
  • 14-01-2019

Fascinating and intricate storyline.

Susanna Gregory's books are always extremely well written and this is no exception. The characters in the story are well drawn and Brother Michael, Matthew Batholomew, Cynric, Langella, Brother William and the rest of the Fellows from St Michaels are old friends. Putting the reader/listener into life in the 14th century makes it very real. This series of books always make good listening,[David Thorpe creates each part wonderfully]

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  • Janicef
  • 22-08-2020

Falling back into old ways

Im wading through the whole series and the last three were a big improvement on the early ones.....but this one falls back into the old style of the early books. 95% of the book is made up of complex detective work to uncover the killer only for the last 30 pages to reveal someone totally different (much to the shock of our two intrepid sleuths). Don't get me wrong ,I like the books, the characterisations are good and you soon grow to like the main players (even to oddballs at the university) and the research is (usually good) but you lose interest in the detective work because, if you have read others in the series, you know it's all for nothing in the end. This story was complex and looked at some interesting aspects of life in Cambridge in the 14th cent but unusually the research was poor in this book leading the reader to believe life was easy and jolly in the 14th cent . for most, it was not,(examples that stand out are, the happy husband and his prostitute wife and their 19 thriving children, the truth is anyone in the particularly dirty town of Cambridge at that time would be well above the average if 5 of the 20 children lived into there teens, but then again the doctor who is the main man in the book seems to cure 95% of all ailments so perhaps I'm wrong). for the most part, the books are good at informing the reader about how life worked in this period but because so much of the research (even easy things) is wrong you don't know what to believe and what to ignore . Thinking about it the life in the university is pretty much always correct and life in town very often wrong. But I like the players and the books are easy listening while working so ill be pushing on towards the last in the series.

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  • Lucie Graham-Cumming
  • 06-06-2020

I couldn't turn it off

Another fantastic book by Susanna Gregory and awesomely narrated by the talented David Thorpe! definitely time spent well listening to 'To Kill Or Cure'