A Vein of Deceit

A Vein of Deceit

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There is something very amiss in the finances of Michaelhouse. Despite a new influx of well-heeled students, there is an acute lack of funds for the upkeep of the buildings, even for decent provisions. It is only when the Brother in charge of the account books dies unexpectedly that some sort of explanation is revealed: he has been paying large amounts of money for goods the college itself has never received. 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 pregant 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.
Publisher: London : Sphere, 2009
ISBN: 9781847441102
Branch Call Number: MYS F GRE
Characteristics: 468 p. : map ; 22 cm


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Mar 07, 2016

I have read the whole series. I love the detail and you feel as if you are living in the 14th century. There is also some humour so which is always nice when you are on the edge of your set. I tracked down most of the series through Inter Library Loans.

Feb 06, 2013

It's not bad, but I took forever to fnish it, and every time I picked it up I'd forgotten who was who, and didn't really care. The plot is very complex, but for some reason the characters did not grab me at all.

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