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I picked this up in the library after reading some of the other Susanna Gregory books and being impressed, but I have to say I didn't really enjoy this book. The protagonist is called Matthew Bartholomew and he is a physician within Cambridge University. The University itself is suffering from financial difficulties and there is rising tension within Cambridge between the townspeople and the members of the University. Then a newcomer arrives who claims to be a better healer than all of the other physicians because he uses a magic feather...amazingly everyone falls for this. Then there are a couple of murders to be solved.
Each of the problems are interwoven and Matthew Bartholomew is trying to solve the murders, whilst being undermined by the newcomer who quickly gains the support of the townspeople who hate the rising rents by the University. This is the 12th book in the series and I have to say I really didn't get into it, unlike the other Susanna Gregory series about restoration London this book felt clunky and like a lot of the story was padding. Also unlike the other series this book just didn't bring the time to life and even though the historical facts are probably just as accurate I found this a disappointment.
Unfortunately I don't think I will be reading any more of this series and I would not recommend this book.
Cambridge University is in dire financial straits: the town's landlords are demanding an extortionate rent rise for the students' hostels and the plague years have left the colleges with scant resources. Tension between town and gown is at boiling point and soon explodes into violence and death. Into this maelstrom comes a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine but his success threatens Matthew Bartholomew's professional reputation, and his life.