Cambridge, 1354.
Christmas approaches, and the town is gripped by the worst blizzards in living memory. As the 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 and her wealthy husband are invited to Michaelhouse for the main feast, and Matthew is horrified that he does not immediately recognise the overweight, 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?
Susanna Gregory again brings medieval Cambridge to rich and vibrant life in a beautifully crafted mystery.
©2017 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Chennell on 02-01-18

not my favourite

i like this series of books but this one has the weakest plot so far. Hasn't put me off though.

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1 out of 5 stars
By twigs way on 28-09-17

poor story, poor historical detailing,

I had great hopes for this - needing to find a new (to me) author with a book series to occupy me. I like mysteries and I like history - but this history was unbelievable. Using a lot of modern phraseology in the characters mouths (I was not expecting Chaucer but neither was I expecting twentieth century speaking patterns). The story was sloppy and so comvolited that it took at least 20 mins f the characters painfully explaining it to each other at the end as well as numerous recaps all the way through. Also keeps breaking into schooI teacher like explanations of what things are that totaly breaks the flow I stuck with it to the bitter end - almost . . I just could not take the final 10 minutes of explaining what 'life was like in Cambridge at the time' - because it was done so badly.

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