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In 1360, the Great Bridge over the River Cam is close to collapse. To repair it will cost the town and the University dear, especially if its rotten wood is replaced by more durable stone. As arguments rage over raising the money other, equally heated, differences are coming to the boil over the election of a new chancellor. While the majority support Brother Michael for the post, at least one of his opponents aims to seize it by fair means or foul. Then the discovery of a body under the bridge and the disappearance of two scholars throws a more sinister shadow over both disputes.

Matthew Bartholomew, the University's corpse examiner, already has his hands full: due to marry in under a fortnight, he is determined to conclude his teaching duties and deal with an outbreak of the summer flux before relinquishing his official duties. With more deaths, an 'accident' at the bridge and an increasing stench of corruption over the financing of the bridge's repairs, he realises he owes more to his soon-to-be former colleagues than to his future life as a secular doctor.

But will there be enough time for him to unveil the identities of those who seek to undermine both the town and the University, or will he prove powerless to protect those he loves from death or disgrace or worse?

©2021 Susanna Gregory (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Is it the end?

I have been captivated by the Matthew Bartholomew series and have looked forward to each volume. Perhaps this will be the last of the series. If that is the sad truth, Susanna Gregory has saved what I consider to have been perhaps the best written tale to the end. Thank you for such wonderful characters and enjoyable adventures! I’m glad that it featured a final performance from the best narrator and consistent actor for each of these memorable characters! Perhaps I will start over with book one in the series! If I do it will be with pleasure!

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Excellent series I

I hvae spent many happy hours with Matt and Michael. I would like to see the series continue. but realize that would be hard. In any event thank you to Susanna Gregory for enriching my life.
Paul

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Great

Loved this book. A lot of death. However good won over evil in the end.

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  • S M Drew
  • 08-10-21

The 25th brilliant book in the series!

Every single one of the books in Susanna Gregory’s series about Matthew Bartholomew is amazing. The quality never dips in any book. I recommend them to anyone who likes historical fiction: you will not be disappointed.

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  • Glenn
  • 09-10-21

Always knew he'd turn out bad

The excellent David Thorpe takes us on the last whodunit? Maybe not. Twist at end

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  • Quercus
  • 10-20-21

Historical Crime Thriller

Generally entertaining, but certain words such as ergot, moreover etc., start to grate as they are overused, I presume to give an historical flavour. This is contrasted by some very modern phrases such as "the common cold"! Bartholomew seems such a nitwit sometimes and I can't believe the inept way he questions people! Despite these criticisms, it is still a fun read.

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  • ruth exton
  • 10-05-21

Fantastic

I have loved each and every one of this series, I'm so glad this had the long awaited wedding in it, thank you.
David Thorpe's narration in these books has been wonderful, he had me laughing out loud at Michael, Isnard and Cannich . Thank you again.

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  • lenka vlckova
  • 09-30-21

Excellent

Another excellent book by Susanna Gregory and fantastic narration by David Thorpe, he really brings characters to life, wishing he would narrate all audio books, absolutely brilliant!