Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Dissolution by C J Sansom

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and the country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: the monasteries are to be dissolved. But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's Commissioner Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege - a black cockerel sacrificed on the alter, and the disappearance of Scarnsea's Great Relic. Dr Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell into this atmosphere of treachery and death. But Shardlake's investigation soon forces him to question everything he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes ...

My View
Shardlake is a humpback investigator who works under Thomas Cromwell and is sent to investigate initially a murder at a monastery in Scarnsea, he takes with him a young assistant, Mark who gets rather friendly with Alice who works at the monastery which makes Shardlake rather jealous.

Set in one of the most interesting periods of English hisory makes for a very interesting backdrop, though if Iam honest one of my primary reasons for reading this was because it was set in Tudor times, C J Sansom paints a very believable and interesting scene of life back then.

I loved it, the characters were really good especially Shardlake I did feel for him sometimes!


Michele at Reader's Respite said...

Now I just love historical fiction, but can you believe that I've never read medieval mystery? I'm thinking I might start with this one. I like your review. :)

margotreehugger said...

This sounds like a really good book! :)

Clare said...

Thanks Michelle :-), this was my first mystery (apart from Vampy ones!) and really loved it, hope you enjoy it!

genwatts said...

Hi Clare,
I loved both these books for the story line, and as you mentioned, also for the portrayal of the life and times of this era. Not many authors can immerse you in history in such a believable and enjoyable way. I have loved books all my life and am never without several I'm looking forward to reading or re-reading.
Regards Gen