A Plague on Both Your Houses

A Plague on Both Your Houses (Matthew Bartholomew, #1)A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars. A good start to a series with room for improvement. I think I like Matthew, but there is not a lot of character development. The plot doesn’t really go anywhere either – you won’t learn anything before Matthew does. An awful lot of dead bodies in the first chapter, and that is before the plague hits! I’m not sure I was convinced by the final reveal, but it was a good twist. Where I thought the book shined was in the author’s depiction of the plague, though there were times I felt like she tried a little too hard to include everything she learned in her research. Still, I would read more of this series.

Book description: A Plague on Both Your Houses introduces physician Matthew Bartholomew, whose unorthodox but effective treatment of his patients frequently draws accusations of heresy from his more traditional colleagues. Besides his practice, Bartholomew teaches medicine at Michaelhouse, part of the fledgling University of Cambridge. In 1348, the inhabitants of Cambridge live under the shadow of a terrible pestilence that has ravaged Europe and is traveling relentlessly towards England. Bartholomew, however, is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse, a death University authorities do not want investigated. His pursuit of the truth leads him into a complex tangle of lies and intrigue that forces him to question the innocence of his closest friends, even his family. And then the Black Death finally arrives.

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