To Kill or Cure

To Kill or Cure

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Baker & Taylor
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 a 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.

Gardners
The latest episode in the popular series of mediaeval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth, Matthew Bartholomew.

Independent Publishing Group
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 a 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.


Blackwell North Amer
In the year 1357 the University of Cambridge is in a sorry state. Beautiful from a distance, in close-up it's dirty and pot-holed. Close examination of its finances reveals holes there as well. The town's landlords are demanding huge rent increases for the student hostels, and the plague has left the colleges with scant resources. But for Matthew Bartholomew, Fellow of Michaelhouse College, there's another problem closer to home. As one of only four physicians in the town, he ought to have his work cut out. Instead, thanks to the arrival of a certain Richard Arderne, his work-load is cut. A healer with 'magical' properties, Arderne seems almost too good to be true. Especially when it seems he can awaken the dead.
But he can't banish death entirely. Not when it arrives in the form of murder. First an unpopular priest is killed. Then the ex-master of Michaelhouse dies at an Easter Feast. Old age or poison? As his last words were to counsel his colleagues to be 'wary of timely men with long teeth', it looks like the latter. Then, when one of Matthew Bartholomew's fellow-physicians is shot dead, it's certain a killer is on the loose.
But is the murderer a rapacious landlord or the 'healer' with his magical feather? Against a backdrop of rivalry between town and gown, of gambling dens and missing persons and of dissent between Franciscans and Dominicans, Matthew must find the viper in the University's midst. Before the whole of Cambridge descends into an unholy mess. Before Matthew himself is killed.

Publisher: London : Sphere, 2007
ISBN: 9781847440327
1847440320
Branch Call Number: M GREGORY
Characteristics: 436, p. : plans ; 23 cm

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Aug 05, 2011

An entertaining and light read which also gives an idea of Cambridge in the 1300's.

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