The Ninth Matthew Bartholomew Chronicle
in which the frozen conditions of a bitter winter disguise the real
cause of death of a visitor to Cambridge.
Cambridge 1354. Christmas approaches and the town is gripped by the
worst blizzards in living memory. As physician, Matthew Bartholomew,
struggles to help the poorer citizens cope with freezing temperatures,
his colleagues prepare for the festivities. The weather has trapped
many travellers in the town, including Matthew's erstwhile love, Philippa.
She & her wealthy husband are invited to Michaelhouse for the main
feast & Matthew is horrified that he does not immediately recognise
the over-weight, sulky woman who once stole his heart. In some ways
he is relieved to accept Brother Michael's orders to identify a man
found dead, apparently from exposure, in a nearby church but the success
of his mission brings him closer to Philippa's circle, for the man was
her husband's servant. And then the husband himself is dead, victim
of an accident on the treacherous ice of the fens - or was it a more
sinister death, somehow linked to the death of one of his business rivals
months earlier in London?
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