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Dissolution (The Shardlake Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003O86FM2
- Publisher : Pan; Main Market edition (September 4, 2008)
- Publication date : September 4, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1358 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 482 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #263,598 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tudor England 1537. The country is in the middle of big religious and political changes. King Henry VIII is looking for the new ways of closing up monasteries and getting a hold of their treasures. It is during this turmoil when the main protagonist, a hunchback lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, is sent as a king’s representative to investigate a murder committed in the remote monastery. Exciting mystery plot follows.
I got totally engrossed in this book. The author has a magic way with words. The description of marshes surrounding monastery or imported parrots and many, many others as well as all psychologically rich characters were superb. I could easily visualize all of them and they all stayed imprinted in my mind for a long time.
The book is very atmospheric. Although set in a different time period and in a different country ( England 1537 versus Italy 1327) the general atmosphere is a little reminiscent of “The Name of the Rose” ( The Name of the Rose ). But it is a much lighter read.
Those who liked Philippa Gregory series about Tudor England ( The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels Book 1) ) will find many familiar big historical figures (including Anne Boleyn and Cromwell) but they are present only in the background of the current story.
I highly recommend this book to all fans of historical mysteries and especially to those who are hungry for the big chunks of real events and period details mixed with the plot.
P.S. At the beginning it may be a little difficult to keep track of all the monks. They are all listed at the very first pages of the book which may help a little. But even without reading the list the important ones soon become easily recognizable, so just keep reading.
I really recommend this book as highly as possible to anyone either interested in fiction set in sixteenth century England or just in search of an interesting mystery.
My only complaint is nothing to do with the book, rather with the pricing . Over fourty dollars for an ebook series is way out of my budget and so I shall not be able to read the rest unless they are offered for free at some time.
Surrounding Shardlake is a host of other interesting characters - his ward, Mark, Alice, an assistant in the infirmary, and an array of monks at the monastery where a murder has taken place. The monastery, Scarnsea, is surrounded by fetid, dangerous marshes and surrounds an equally dangerous cesspool of corruption, sexual misconduct, ugly secrets, and a deep fear and resentment of the Reformation. Shardlake is mystified and takes the reader on a complicated journey to the surprising truth. Take the journey with him, you'll enjoy it!
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The murders are woven into the overall story and the steps towards the solving of these murders is slow and methodical, while keeping the reader guessing. I have already bought the next book but after such an absorbing read I thought I probably needed something a bit lighter before embarking on the next one so that I can take it all in and appreciate it. Excellent.
Great book for those into historical fiction.
The characters are well written, especially Shardlake himself, and the scene-setting is first class. And although I struggled occasionally to separate my Brother Guy from my Brother Gabriel, or any other brother for that matter, that's really a shortcoming on my part and no fault of the writer.
I'm a bit late to the party with Mr Sansom's Shardlake books but I'll catch up. Quite quickly I suspect. I'm already taken with the main character and book no.2 beckons. I hated history at school but then they never had us read books as entertaining as this. Excellent.