A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery
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From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes the exciting and elegantly written first novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series
Dissolution is an utterly 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 protégé 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.
A "remarkable debut" (P. D. James), Dissolution introduces a thrilling historical series that is not to be missed by fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
From Publishers Weekly
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Cerebral and entertaining. Multidimensional characters and plot. Can't wait to read second installment.
Sansom is a great historical fiction/crime author.
I love historical mysteries from the 1100's-1800's. I just can't believe that religion has been put in the middle of so many life or death things throughout the centuries and further that people actually believe that it would be oh so much better to be Catholic versus Protestant and not realize the underlying reasons for the wealthy to tell differing factions to go out and kill the people who believe differently than them in God's name. Religion has been the reason given for so many wars, when the wealthy, popes, kings, people in power, want things such as more wealth, more wealth or perhaps a way to get out of a marriage. I could not put this book down. If you like the Tudor era also, this would be an excellent book. king Henry VIII was not the main focal point though. The monasteries and what was going on with the King trying to take over the Church from the pope. And we call ourselves civilized.