A Poisonous Plot : Matthew Bartholomew

  • by Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1358, over a century after its foundation in Cambridge, the college of Michael House is facing a serious shortfall of funds and competition from upstarts rivals such as Zachary Hostel. Their problems are made no easier by the hostility of the town's inhabitants, who favour the university moving away to the Fens.
This simmering tension threatens to break into violence when a well-known tradesman is found dead in one of the colleges. Matthew Bartholomew knows he was poisoned but cannot identify the actual substance, never mind the killer. He also worries that other illnesses and deaths may have been caused by the effluent from his sister's dye works.
Torn between loyalties to his kin and to his college, he fears the truth may destroy both his personal and professional lives, but he knows he must use his skills as a physician to discover the truth before many more lose their lives entirely.

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What the Critics Say

"Susanna Gregory writes with fluency and energy, avoids archaic vocabulary, despite her 14th-century setting and, having had a career as an academic, bases the stories in this enjoyable series on careful research." (Literary Review)

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Customer Reviews

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Good story, awful narrator

I'm a big fan of Susanna Gregory. I've read (and listened to) all of her Thomas Chaloner books and read most of her Matthew Bartholomew series. I've read this book in print so I know the story's good, but I struggled to finish the audio book.

The narrator is terrible. He sounds like he's shouting at you despite speaking at normal volume. He reads like he's never read out loud before. It's strangely disjointed and almost impossible to get lost in the story.

It's such a shame, I would have loved to listen to all of the Matthew Bartholomew books, but I can't get passed the narrator.
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- Sarah Fellows

excellent story.

Well written and read story. I have always loved the characters and they were really brought to life by the narrator

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- shirley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK