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Heartstone: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries Book 5) Kindle Edition

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Starred Review. Few contemporary authors are as adept as Sansom at blending a whodunit with a sweeping historical epic, as shown by his fifth mystery featuring English attorney Matthew Shardlake (after 2009's Revelation). In 1545, as a French fleet threatens invasion, the English queen, Catherine Parr, asks Shardlake to look into a matter for an old servant, whose son committed suicide shortly after filing a protest about the wardship of a boy the son had tutored. Soon after accepting this assignment, Shardlake is assaulted by a gang of thugs, who warn him to drop the matter. On his own, he also probes the past of a Bedlam inmate, Ellen Fettiplace, who was institutionalized 20 years earlier after being raped. Both cases turn out to be extremely complex, and Shardlake, who puts justice above his personal interests, ends up with several murders to solve as well. Strong prose makes Tudor England instantly accessible, and the clockwork plotting sustains deep interest throughout. (Jan.)
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A New York Times Notable Crime Book of 2011

“Engrossing.”
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“Atmospheric and erudite . . . . Not since Umberto Eco penned The Name of the Rose has a historical crime novelist captured so perfectly a people and their place, and harnessed them with such intelligence and credibility to shadowy tales of politics, misdeeds, murder and mystery.”
Lancashire Evening Post
 
“An enthralling historical crime novel packed with details of life in Tudor England. Highly recommended.”
Irish Independent
 
“Compulsively readable and highly satisfying. . . . An entirely engrossing novel with an intriguing twist.”
Daily Express

“This wonderful Tudor-era series is must reading for any devotee of historical mysteries.”
 — Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
 
“Another fascinating story from a gifted author.”
 — London Free Press
 
“A rousing tour de force of period re-creation, testifying to Sansom’s fascination with history. . . . Like all the Shardlake books, Heartstone winningly shows Sansom’s crafty flair for hoodwinking even the most hawk-eyed reader. . . . What there is no doubt about . . .  is the breadth of Sansom’s achievement in this novel that twists together murder mystery and turbulent history.”
 — Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a time of turmoil both in political and religious circles where there are great conspiracies, blood and death
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as earlier ones in the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but too many strands to the story make it overlong
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1.0 out of 5 stars Inadequate rendition of a fine novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Praise for Heartstone
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tudor history at it's very best... ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartstone by C J Sansom
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5.0 out of 5 stars History and a great story come together so well
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5.0 out of 5 stars with great heros and villains
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite so far
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting end to the Shardlake series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2011
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best example
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best So Far?
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