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This is an incredibly well-written historical mystery, rich in details and characterizations.
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Another excellent book by C. J. Sansom! Well-rounded characters and believable story set in the time of King Henry the VIII. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Better than the first!
This is the second in the Matthew Shardlake mystery series, and I loved it! I have put off reading these because I was just Tudored out. But a few years have gone by and I have come back to the time period, but I will avoid anything directly to do with any of Henry’s queens. Anyhow…
Cromwell’s career is in jeopardy, and Shardlake is no longer in favor.
What I liked: I like Shardlake, a good man in a system so archaic and damaged by corruption, that it seems there is no such thing as justice. I love the cast of characters, his new side kick is one of Cromwell’s men and I he makes me laugh. Sansom’s a master at drawing complex characters. The story is beautifully woven within real events.
What I didn’t like. I think that most people get that 16th century London was filthy, but the descriptions of it gets a bit tiresome. Still 5 stars!
For those listening to the audio book, Steven Crossley is wonderful his characterizations are spot on.