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Although shocked by this evidence of fraud, Matthew is more concerned with the disappearance from his herbarium of a quantity of pennyroyal, a preparation known to cause a woman to miscarry, and a pregnant visitor to his sister's household has died from an overdose of pennyroyal. Had she meant to abort her child, or had someone else wanted to ensure she was unable to provide an heir to her husband's wealthy estates?
When Matthew learns that it was her husband who had received Michaelhouse's money for undelivered goods, he begins to search for other connections and exposes a very treacherous vein of deceit.
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By Spiky Potplant on 01-01-18
More of the same
This is the fifteenth Matthew Bartholomew book so most people listening to this book will know exactly what to expect - a decent and enjoyable historical murder mystery but not 'great literature'.
I thought the story drifted around a bit in this book and isn't as strong as some of the others. The whole thing seemed a bit too far-fetched and contrived. Plenty of foundation laying for future books.