The story unfolds in medieval Cambridge. Noted highlights include - a Christmas of 1354; winter is all set to white out lives of people. Uncanny deaths takes place thus Matt comes into the affair.
The book, like other ones, is Matthew Bartholomew series. The number 9. The story sounds bit boring and repetitive – that’s the problem with series writers. The mystery doesn't offer any great scope or place of interest; however, routes the way as happened in other books. So many books on mystery domain with the same detective is risky.
Phillipa, former lover of Matthew, is being agonised by death of a servant, and her husband, a rich merchant. The period shown in the book is of 13th century, so the events leading to one another sounds quite contemporary to that time. In fact, bringing a feel about that time is quite fascinating. Only a historian could do that, which she (Susanna) has already delivered.
Terribly, there are many characters that make the story a bit astray and clues to the crimes join late. One has to be a consistent reader to understand the novels of this series. To note is Susanna Gregory’s rich language and to the point of time and classic.