Susanna Gregory - The Devil's Disciples - Little, Brown Book Group

The Devil's Disciples

The Fourteenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew

By Susanna Gregory

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  • £9.99

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

Rumours of plague threaten Cambridge again, ten years after the Black Death had almost laid waste to the town. Neither the church nor its priests had defended people from the disease and now they turn elsewhere for protection, to pagan ritual and magical potions. It is a ripe atmosphere to be exploited by the mysterious 'Sorcerer', an anonymous magician whose increasing influence seems certain to oust both civil and church leaders from power. One murder, another unexplained death, a font filled with blood, a desecreated grave - all bear the hallmarks of the Sorcerer's hand, only the identity of the magician remains a mystery. A mystery which Matthew Barthlomew must solve before he loses his reputation ... and his life.

Biographical Notes

Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, worked seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology.

She is the creator of the Matthew Bartholomew series of mysteries set in medieval Cambridge and the Thomas Chaloner adventures in Restoration London, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751539141
  • Publication date: 04 Jun 2009
  • Page count: 496
  • Imprint: Sphere
As usual, Gregory's impeccable research comes shining through, along with the humour and wit of her protagonists — Mystery Women
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