Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

Genre: Mystery; Historical Fiction

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Series: Dissolution; Dark Fire; Sovereign; Revelation

How I acquired this book: I purchased it.

Book Blurb: Exciting and elegantly written, Dissolution is an utterly compelling first novel and a riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protege uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.

My Review: Matthew Shardlake is an ardent reformer, conscientious lawyer and determined detective who is all too conscious of his hunched back. He is also strangely naïve when it comes to the character of his master, Thomas Cromwell--but watching him struggle to adjust his views is one of the many pleasures of this book. This is an excellent period mystery that will keep you turning pages even if you untangle the murders before Shardlake does!

Thomas Cromwell
This is the first of the Matthew Shardlake Mysteries. Have you read any of them? What do you think?

On Kindle: Yes. Find it on Amazon here.

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