Books by Susanna Gregory

The pseudonymous author Susanna Gregory, a Cambridge academic, is a former coroner's officer.


THE BUTCHER OF SMITHFIELD by Susanna Gregory
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Chaloner's third, a mine of historical information, poses a staggeringly complicated mystery for its charming hero (Blood on the Strand, 2007, etc.)."
Cucumbers are apparently the latest of many dangers to life and limb in Restoration London. Read full book review >
THE TARNISHED CHALICE by Susanna Gregory
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Beneath the verbiage lurks a rather mundane mystery. For dedicated medievalists only."
Gregory's 12th reveals skullduggery in Lincoln, a once-powerful city in crisis in 1356. Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Enough subplots to fill several tapestries provide alternately tedious and entertaining glimpses of the side effects of far-from-sterile medieval personal hygiene, as well as more perennial problems like thwarted ambition and love."
Forget 21st-century collegiate football rivalries. The 14th century offers conflicts between Cambridge University and its older rival, Oxford, violent tensions between town and gown in both cities and a bizarre series of murders, all without benefit of televised sports. Read full book review >
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Awkward exposition and relentless recapitulation burden this sprawling potboiler, though the scholars' well-drawn friendships and feuds provide some welcome relief."
Young Matthew Bartholomew, Master of Medicine and Senior Physician (A Plague on Both Your Houses, 1998), assumes the new post of Corpse Examiner in time for a bumper crop in 1355 Cambridge. Read full book review >
A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES by Susanna Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"First-rate for the history, but there are so many plot lines, and so much tedious talk about them, that interesting characters eventually lose their vitality, and the 14th looms like a century and a half."
It's Cambridge, England, in 1348. Read full book review >
A BONE OF CONTENTION by Susanna Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 1997

"Most other readers will be long gone."
A second visit to the 14th century and Cambridge, England, once again focuses on physician-teacher Matthew Bartholomew and his friend Brother Michael, a Senior Proctor, both living at Michaelhouse, one of several competitive, quarrelsome college residences (An Unholy Alliance, 1996). Read full book review >
AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE by Susanna Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 1996

"Wait till next century."
Someone who evidently doesn't think the Black Death is doing a thorough enough job mowing down the population is winnowing the whores and scholars of 1350 Cambridge. Read full book review >