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. TheMy 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.
Series info: Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew series
1. A plague on both your houses ------------------------------- 2. An unholy alliance 3. A bone of contention 4. A deadly brew 5. A wicked deed 6. A masterly murder 7. An order for death 8. A summer of discontent 9. A killer in winter 10. The hand of justice 11. The mark of a murderer 12. The tarnished chalice 13. To kill or cure 14. The devil's disciples 15. A vein of deceit 16. The killer of pilgrims 17. Mystery in the minster...more
Another solid entry in the Cormoran Strike series. I love Robin, Cormoran's resourceful secretary, who wants to learn about surveillance and become moAnother solid entry in the Cormoran Strike series. I love Robin, Cormoran's resourceful secretary, who wants to learn about surveillance and become more than a mere secretary. J.K. Rowling skewers the publishing industry with this bizarre and macabre story. It's so macabre it's almost funny. Her characters are fully realized and memorable. The plot once again kept me guessing. I definitely look forward to more in this series.
Book description: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days -- as he has done before -- and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel is published, it will ruin lives -- so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before.
Series info: #2 in the Cormoran Strike series. See The Cuckoo's Calling....more