Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)
Title: Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)
Author: C. J. Sansom
“This author engages all the senses in this fascinating mystery series featuring lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. It is set against the backdrop of Tudor England. Dissolution takes place in the year 1537. The country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to Henry VIII and the newly established Church of England. Thomas Cromwell, the King’s Vicar General, sets Matthew the task of discovering why a royal commissioner was brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England. Matthew and his young assistant discover all kinds of wicked goings-on when they investigate the matter and their own lives are soon put in danger as they delve deeper. This is the first in the series. The others are: Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, and Heartstone. If you enjoy historical fiction, political intrigue, and hard-boiled mysteries, this series is for you.”
—Cathy at KDL’s Kentwood branch
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 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.