Michaelhouse is in uproar: Kenyngham the saintly but ageing Master has announced his retirement and with unseemly haste Runham arranges his own election as his successor. Within days he has dismissed several members of staff, including the redoubtable laundress Agatha, and is making life so unpleasant for the scholars that even Matthew Bartholomew believes his future as physician and teacher at the college is untenable. But Matthew has many patients to divert his attention and Brother Michael, Proctor of the fledgling university, has some suspicious deaths to investigate. Then Runham himself is murdered and, although mourned by none, Matthew and Michael know they have to solve the mystery before any more damage is done to their beloved Michaelhouse.
A BONE OF CONTENTION
Hysteria , superstition and rioting are rife in Cambridge in the aftermath of the Black Death. When a human skeleton is discovered and then a student is brutally murdered, Matthew Bartholomew starts to suspect that the two deaths and the riots are linked.
A CONSPIRACY OF VIOLENCE
The dour days of Cromwell are over and London is freed from the strictures of the Protectorate, but many have lost their livelihoods. One is Thomas Chaloner, spy for the Secretary of State, John Thurloe. His erstwhile boss, knowing he has many enemies at court, recommends Thomas to Lord Clarendon, in return that Thomas keep him informed of any plot against him. But what Thomas discovers is that greed and self-interest are uppermost in men's minds whoever is in power, and that his life has no value to either side.
A DEADLY BREW
The fourth chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew continues the adventures of the 14th-century Cambridge physician when he is called to attend to two deaths from some poisoned wine. The opening of a new and very well-endowed college has created petty infighting amongst the academics as new appointments are made. The winter and spring have been appallingly wet, there is a fever outbreak amongst the poorer townspeople and the country is not yet fully recovered from the aftermath of the plague. The increasing reputation and wealth of the Cambridge colleges are causing dangerous tensions between the town, church and university, and then the poisoned wine kills the first victim - a student. The second victim is Dittone, the deputy master of the new college, but there seems no connection between him and the student. Matthew must establish the facts before relations between town and gown spiral out of control.
THE LOST ABBOT
Matthew Bartholomew doesn't want to travel to Peterborough in the summer of 1358, but his friendship with Julitta Holm has caused a scandal in Cambridge, so he has no choice. He is one of a party of Bishop's Commissioners, charged to discover what happened to Peterborough's abbot, who went for a ride one day and has not been seen since.
A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES
Matthew Bartholomew, physician to Michaelhouse college in medieval Cambridge, is as worried as anyone about the pestilence that is ravaging Europe and seems to be approaching England. But he is distracted by the sudden and inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse - a death the University authorities do not want investigated. But Matt is determined to get to the truth, leading him into a tangle of lies and intrigue that cause him to question the innocence of his closest friends - and even his family - just as the Black Death finally arrives...
AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE
In 1350, as the people of Cambridge struggle to overcome the Black Death, the body of a friar is found hidden in the University. As more strange deaths occur Matthew Bartholomew is called away from his teaching to investigate.
A VEIN OF DECEIT
There are problems in the finances of Michaelhouse College, Cambridge, and when the Brother in charge of the account books dies, it becomes apparent that he has been engaged in fraud. Meanwhile Matthew Bartholomew, concerned about the theft of some pennyroyal from his herbarium, discovers a link with the fraud.
A WICKED DEED
The winter of 1353 has been appallingly wet, there is a fever outbreak amongst the poorer townspeople and the country is not yet fully recovered from the aftermath of the plague. The increasing reputation and wealth of the Cambridge colleges are causing dangerous tensions between the town, Church and University. Matthew Bartholomew is called to look into the deaths of three members of the University of who died from drinking poisoned wine, and soon he stumbles upon criminal activities that implicate his relatives, friends and colleagues - so he must solve the case before matters in the town get out of hand...