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Penguin Putnam
The epic fifth novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.

This fast-paced fifth installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) will enchant fans of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Baker & Taylor
Asked by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr to investigate claims of wrongs committed against a young ward of the court, Matthew Shardlake embarks on the most politically dangerous case of his career against a backdrop of war between England and France. Reprint. A best-selling novel.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2012, c2010
ISBN: 9780143120650
Characteristics: 633 p. : map ; 20 cm


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Nov 19, 2018

Excellent. I really like the Shardlake series.

Jan 18, 2016

Highly recommend this one! I read the entire series.

Jan 16, 2012

I’m reading more of this series. Thank you Mr. Sansom for a historical novel without too many of those galling in-your-face inaccuracies of the politically correct kind. This one is set in Tudor England, when King Henry VIII was at the end of his long reign and England did not quite yet rule the waves. I liked Sarjeant Matthew Shardlake, our protagonist, with his coif and robe, humpback and tender heart, friends with great last names, and penchant for stepping on some pretty important toes. He also seems to love women who can never love him and have a horrifying fear of drowning. Still, he is tenacious as a bulldog, relentlessly getting to the bottom of things. Things like: Why did Michael Calfhill hang himself? What monstrous thing did he discover when he visited his former pupils, now wards of a country gentleman? And what of Ellen Fettiplace, consigned to Bedlam, but not really mad? You know, some mysteries really are better off not solved. Or are they?

Dec 16, 2011

I didn't like this as much as the earlier books in the series.

Apr 15, 2011

Sansom has become one of my favourite authors. This tale flows well and is full of interesting historical details.

Apr 13, 2011

Maybe one of my favourites from this series! Find that Shardlake does a lot of back and forth between his investigations, this seemed to move better than the others.

debwalker Nov 08, 2010

This wonderful Tudor era series is must reading for any devotee of historical mysteries. - Margaret Cannon Globe & Mail Nov 6 2010

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