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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 5 %
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %
Cosmic Quest Cd (Bbc Audio)
Heather Couper
Firedrake's Eye
Patricia Finney
Progress: 15/249 pages

Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book - Susanna Gregory

This is one of the Matthew Bartholomew historical mysteries, set in medieval Cambridge, where Bartholomew is a physician and professor of medicine at one of the colleges (Michaelhouse).  Some of the other scholars, and some of the townspeople, think he's a witch, as more of his patients live than otherwise. 


This one has to do with the ongoing war with France (the battle of Poitiers is our opener), and the university's hotly-contested decision to open a joint university library, for use by all the academics, instead of each college and hostel jealously hoarding their precious books to themselves.  (Rich foundations like King's Hall have many, while the poorer hostels have only a few.)  And then the dead bodies of those who voted for the proposal start to appear. 


I'm astonished anyone was left alive in Cambridge by the end of this one, as I got lost in the body count at nine, and I'm sure I could have missed some.  It had a very twisty ending, too.