This is the 20th book in the Matthew Bartholomew series, and it's another good one. I truly enjoy this series. It's always exciting and the plot moves along very quidkly in all the books. Ms. Gregory uses actual historical people in the books, and her attention to historical detail helps make the books seem real and relevant. My favoutie thing about the series though is the two main protagonists. I love Matthew Bartholomew and Brother Michael. They are one of the best crime fighting duos out there, regardless of the time frame. This series is set in 14 century Cambridge, England, and Ms. Gregory makes that era come alive in her books. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves historical mysteries. But be aware, there is no shortage of murder and mayhem in these books! But all the destruction and murder is sprinkled in and around sly and tricky humour . This book could be read as a stand-alone, but it is more fun if you start at the beginning and work your way through.