Michaelhouse is in uproar: Kenyngham, the saintly but ageing master, has announced his retirement, and with unseemly haste Runham arranges his own 'election' as his successor. Within days he has dismissed several members of staff, including the redoubtable laundress Agatha, and is making life so unpleasant for the scholars that even Matthew Bartholomew believes his future as physician and teacher at the college is untenable. But Matthew has many patients to divert his attention, and Brother Michael, proctor of the fledgling university, has some suspicious deaths to investigate, although they cannot help but notice that the new master has commissioned a flurry of building work. Then Runham himself is murdered, and, although he is mourned by none, Matthew and Michael know they have to solve the mystery before any more damage is done to their beloved Michaelhouse.
©2000 Susanna Gregory (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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3 out of 5 stars
By mollyeyre on 07-08-17

Sadly disappointing

On the whole I found this book quite interesting, I had a few chuckles at Michael's sarcastic wit. However, I felt it was far too drawn out, there were far too many corpses- I reckon we could have lost a couple without affecting the story, and then - the final reveal was just silly, out of the blue came the perpetrator of the crimes, no clues - nothing - so we had to have a detailed reason laid out as part of the dialogue. Very clunky!
As a detective story it was very odd as Matthew and Michael just blundered around having intuitive moments - which all turned out to be wrong - so they'd decide on some other helpless sap - only to discover they were wrong again!
Overall it was quite good fun and light to listen to, but a detective story - no!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Chennell on 23-12-17


i found this book disappointing and much longer than necessary. l literally skiooed over an hours narration in one chapter and 45 mins in the next and it made NO difference to the story... hasnt put me off getting the next book but might if that one is the same.

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