On a bitter winter evening in 1356, Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael arrive in Lincoln - Michael to accept an honour from the cathedral, and Bartholomew to look for the woman he wants to marry. It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted...
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©2006 Susanna Gregory (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By twigs way on 12-02-10

So SLOW!!!

I rarely write reviews but feel driven to warn people away from this awful book. The plot is turgid, the numerous minor characters confusing, and the main characters tedious and predictable. The narration is so slow that I kept checking to make sure I hadn't accidentally set my ipod to 'slow speed'!! It really is like having your teeth pulled. I listened to two thirds of it determined to get my moneys worth but just had to give up - there are only so many 'staged' plot recapitulations one can take - and this has them every 5 minutes - in fact there are more recapitulations than actual plot!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Enquiring Mind on 13-04-13

Hard one to review objectively

This was a very hard one to review objectively because while the story itself is interesting, in the Audible version it is, in my opinion, spoiled by the narrator. The narrator, Andrew Wincott, has an annoying overly dramatic style which renders the characters unbelieveable and the descriptive scenes forgettable. I've given this 4 stars because it is not fair to penalise Susanna Gregory for the short-comings of the narrator, but because the narrator ruined the audio-book, I cannot give 5 stars. This is a prime example of where a narrator's style can intrude on the story and ruin it. The narrator should be an enhancement, not a distraction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wadie on 22-12-08

Loved It

This book is jammed with plot twists, well developed characters, and historical details. This time Matthew and Michael are in the city of Lincoln trying to stay alive while the city simmers with violence. Andrew Wincott did a fantastic job with many different voices. I enjoyed this book thoroughly!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Madeleine on 20-11-13

Oddly Stilted

Although I loved the premise of the story and am I big fan of historical mysteries, I found this book very hard to finish. I suspect it was the rather strange, stilted diction and pacing of the narrator, rather than the story, but I found it so off-putting, I really can't be sure.

I strongly recommend you listen to the audio sample provided. See if you can get past the narrator before you buy.

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