Book Reviews of Dissolution (Shardlake, Bk 1)

Dissolution (Shardlake, Bk 1)
Dissolution - Shardlake, Bk 1
Author: C. J. Sansom
ISBN-13: 9780330411967
ISBN-10: 0330411969
Publication Date: 8/6/2004
Pages: 320
Edition: New Ed
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Pan Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Matthew Shardlake is sent to unravel the mystery of a murder at a monastery. While there, he uncovers corruption, perversion, greed, and an additional couple of bodies.

Dissolution is clearly researched and gives an interesting glimpse into the conflict between Catholicism and the Church of England. The author has a doctorate in history, and his obsession with Tudor England is clear. If you, like I, do not enjoy reading about things of that time (hunchbacks, smelly monks, floggings, etc.) you will likely not enjoy this book. If hair shirts are your thing you will like it.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you're an English history buff, and especially if you love the reign of Henry VIII period, don't miss this wonderful mystery! Set in the time frame just after the execution of Ann Boleyn, the main character, Matthew Shardlake, embarks on a secret mission, ordered by none other than the King's man, Thomas Cromwell. The story is very tightly woven, laced with excellent historical fact and a lot of fun to read. What I liked is that I couldn't see the ending coming halfway through the book! It kept me guessing, all the while enjoying the ambiance of early Renaissance England during the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. Wonderful mixture of mystery and history. Loved it!
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This is an excellent, well-written novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it, couldn't put it down.
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It seemed a little slow at the begining, but then I was hooked! Very interesting mystery.
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I like historic fiction and mysteries, and this was both. I enjoyed it very much. The period of the Dissolution seems to be comparable to the corruption in politics in every generation.
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This is a great mystery that takes place in Tudor England.
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Excellent mystery. Highly recommended for anyone who likes historical fiction about Tudor England.
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This is a very well researched historical mystery within the timeframe of the Reformation in England and the rule of King Henry of VIII. The language is "modern" enough that you need not fear getting completely bogged down in "period" English. An eye opener when it comes to the nefarious methods used by the "holy" Reformers!!! I really recommend the book highly to any mystery and/or historical book lovers.
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The only reason I ever read a mystery novel is because of its setting and characters. That's what I liked about this one, set during the reign of Henry VIII in a monastery near Sussex, England and featuring people and historical facts I'm familiar with from lots of other books I've read. In this case, the suppression of the monasteries by Thomas Cromwell provided the backdrop to the mystery itself. Our sleuthing hero, Matthew Shardlake has been sent by Thomas Cromwell to investigate a foul murder that had taken place in one of the monasteries that's scheduled to be dismantled in order to provide lands and riches to the king's coffers. As usual I wasn't the least bit interested in trying to solve the mystery and so most of the clues went right over my head. What I enjoyed was the flavor of the book - especially the details about the monastery and the monks who lived there, and the conflicts and abuses that were going on during that time. It was light but enjoyable reading and I was happy to discover that C.J.Sanson has written a whole series of mysteries that take place during the same time period. So I'll definitely be back for more.
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I have always been a fan of books about Tudor England. This series combines that era with a terriffic mystery. I read this book in two days and couldn't wait to start the next in the series!
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This is a great series; I've loved all five books.
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Last night I finished Dissolution by C.J. Sansom. This is the first of the Matthew Shardlake books. After all the favorable comments Ive read about this series, I have to say I was quite disappointed.

The overall story is generally somewhat interesting, but the Shardlake character was rather narrow-minded and insensitive, particularly in how he deals with his protege Mark Poer, to whom he never seems to make an encouraging or positive remark. At the end, as a matter of fact, Mark comments that Shardlake never really listened to him, just used him as a sounding board for Shardlakes own opinions and prejudices. I was also surprised that, for a man who had some reputation at solving mysteries, many times Shardlake failed to follow up on an idea or a clue, being diverted to something else (often trivial), and apparently losing that thread of thinking for quite a time. At one point, for instance, hes climbed up onto a workmans scaffolding sort of thing in the church and sees a big basket of tools; you think hes going to look in it for the missing church relics, you can almost see the thought going through his mind, and then he moves right past it.

If this had been more poorly written, because the author is pretty skillful with language and bits of what we have to think are fairly authentic glimpses of Tudor life, or if the book had been longer, Id never have finished it. As it was, I read it in bits and pieces over 3 weeks, which is a long, long time for me to take over one book.
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It's a good who done it set in the upheaval of Tudor England. The characters are engaging and intriguing. It was a great read for my commute.
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Rich details and characterization...a window into the upheaval of the Reformation on all. Keeps you engaged and guessing right up until the end.
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First installment in the adventures of Matthew Shardlake, a hunchbacked attorney in the days of Henry VIII. His character, as well as the mystery he tries to solve and the political background, are fascinating. Whole series highly recommended.
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If you're an English history buff, and especially if you love the reign of Henry VIII period, don't miss this wonderful mystery! Set in the time frame just after the execution of Ann Boleyn, the main character, Matthew Shardlake, embarks on a secret mission, ordered by none other than the King's man, Thomas Cromwell. The story is very tightly woven, laced with excellent historical fact and a lot of fun to read. What I liked is that I couldn't see the ending coming halfway through the book! It kept me guessing, all the while enjoying the ambiance of early Renaissance England during the time of the dissolution of the monasteries. Wonderful mixture of mystery and history. Loved it!
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Tudor England - first book in series