C. J. Sansom does a phenomenal job of weaving a whodunit story using threads from the controversial establishment of the Church of England in the early 1500s, including the sinister figure of Cromwell, the mastermind behind the dissolution of the Catholic houses of faith. It wasn't a good time to be alive, but some folks were being hurried to eternity against their will. Matthew Shardlake is an idealistic lawyer, commissioned by Cromwell, to solve the murder of an agent of Cromwell's dissolution in an ancient monastery inhabited by monks with sacred zeal and secular tendencies. In the style of every good detective story, Shardlake builds the case slowly with intellect, while dealing with his own demons and weaknesses, building suspicions, creating empathy, to a resolution both surprising and expected.
Wonderful and well written, totally immersive.
Recommended by Linda mann
Set during the reign of Henry VIII and the English reformation, this is a crime novel, yet so much more. It is not a contemporary whodunit set in period costumes. It is an engrossing historical novel sucking the reader into 16th century England and the brutal regime of Henry and Thomas Cromwell. A real gem. Can't wait to read the ensuing titles in this short series.
Engaging murder mystery during the reign of King Henry VIII in England, circa 1537. If you have ever wondered why there are no ancient monasteries for tourists to visit in England, just read this book.
Henry was very thorough in ridding his country of Catholioc influence.
An excellent read for history and mystery buffs! The author has a doctorate in history and the period details are beautifully documented. Atmospheric, with interesting and well-developed characters, the book is a whodunit set in 16th century England when Henry and Cromwell were set on dissolving the monasteries. The next book in the Shardlake series is Dark Fire.
Listened to this on audio book and was a good listen that I may have struggled to read from a book. Enjoyable
Dissolution is the 1st in a series of historical mysteries set in Tudor England and featuring the crime solving character of Matthew Shardlake. The story happens during the huge changes and upheavals in the church when the King denounces the Pope and demands reform. I am not a mystery reader and therefore enjoyed the historical aspect of the book more than the mystery storyline, but I must say it did keep me interested and guessing right to the end.
Wonderful mystery. Especially fascinating if you have knowledge of that terrible era.
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