In 1352, the terrible legacy of the Black
Death still lurks over the town of Cambridge. Fears of a future outbreak
drive people to seek protection in the power of holy relics, while
the University is once more the scene for violent clashes between
students and townsfolk. Matthew Bartholomew, Michaelhouse teacher
and public physician, has a professional interest in order returning
to the streets.
back to the bookstore
With rumours spreading about the discovery of a skeleton reputed to
belong to a local martyr, a skeleton that even the physician confirms
as human, a young student's brutal murder plunges the town into chaos,
and Bartholomew must ask himself if the two corpses - and the rioting
- are linked to something deeper than local enmities.
When suspicion falls on a respected university Principal and his scholars,
Bartholomew's investigation becomes the source of conflict within
the academic community. And there are personal rivalries and painful
memories of his own to be exhumed before a chilling conspiracy can
emerge, a nightmare of murder and revenge so terrifying that the whole
town could be tainted with complicity.