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Susanna Gregory is one of my favorite authorities. I love the Matthew Bartholomew series and have read all previous 18 books in the series. My favorite character is Brother Michael whom I find a truly funny character.
That is what I like about this series -- it is filled with humor and humorous characters -- Probably Mat is the least humorous of all - he is always being put upon and dragged into situation by Brother Michael or the head Langele. Despite the wit, the situations are very true to the time and provide an illuminating picture of life in Medieval England in the 14th century. There are fascinating details about medical treatment of the time,
This is not a book which deals with politics at the national level. Everything is strictly local - local politics, the quarrels between town and gown, the fights, and the local religious activities and the fakery of relics. It is all there in humorous detail, revealed by the situation in town and gown.
This particular volume deals with our principal character going to Peterborough to investigate the disappearance of the local abbot. They get involved in ecclesiastical politics to replace the abbot, as well as trying to ascertain if this abbot merely vanished or was murdered. Of course lots of other murders occur along the way as it seems everyone whether in the Cathedral or the town seems to want to prevent anyone from finding out what really happened to the abbot.
The books ends as always with our friends captured by evildoers and endanger of being killed and how they finally escape to bring a resolution to the lost abbot.
Many of the characters in Gregory’s book are based on real characters of the time. She has done meticulous research into the early history of Cambridge and many episodes in early volumes are based on real events.
Andrew Wincott does an outstanding job as narrator and easily captures the nuances of each character in his narration. His Brother Michael is especially good.
This is a great book for anyone who likes Medieval Mysteries and is made better for the fact that it is based on solid historical research and fact.
I hope that Audible will be publishing some of the earlier books in the series.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was often confused while I listened to this book because there are so many characters who have a role in the story. I wasn't always sure what was happening or why. I had to replay sections. Matthew Bartholomew spent too much time worrying about the women he was interested in and not enough time investigating the mystery. It always bothers me when a self righteous character overlooks his/her own behavior, in this case his affair with a married woman.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Lost Abbot the most enjoyable?
Susanna Gregory's amusing and descriptive style of writing.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Abbot?
The climax at the end of the story where the reader/listener discovers who was really the bad guy!
What about Andrew Wincott’s performance did you like?
He reads well and in a manner entirely suited to the story and the author's style of writing.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
I'm afraid I have no idea!
Any additional comments?
Susanna Gregory isn't for everyone; my husband finds her books too full of tiny details but they make me laugh out loud, especially when she attributes various comical opinions to Matthew Bartholomew and I can just picture the look on his face at the antics of his colleagues.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I loved the book and the recording is great quality. Not sure the voice of Brother Michael is right though!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful