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Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, Bk 2)
Dark Fire - Matthew Shardlake, Bk 2
Author: C. J. Sansom
It is 1540, and Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," is pressed to help a friend’s young niece who is charged with murder. Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent. Shardlake is about to lose her case when he is suddenly granted a rep...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780143036432
ISBN-10: 0143036432
Publication Date: 12/27/2005
Pages: 512
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 47 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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jscrappy avatar reviewed Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, Bk 2) on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is an incredibly well-written historical mystery, rich in details and characterizations.
reviewed Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, Bk 2) on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
I-F-Letty avatar reviewed Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, Bk 2) on + 73 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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 Henrys queens. Anyhow

Cromwells 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 Cromwells men and I he makes me laugh. Sansoms a master at drawing complex characters. The story is beautifully woven within real events.

What I didnt 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.
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I enjoy the world of Tudor England and Mathew Shardlake having to navigate the tricky political landscape while solving his mysteries.
Nedheadz avatar reviewed Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake, Bk 2) on + 128 more book reviews
A turbulent time in England and Lord Cromwell has called upon Matthew Shardlake to help him in a most urgent matter that may maintain his favor with the king. Who can you trust in such uncertain times?

Anyone remotely familiar with Henry VIII and his desperation for an heir knows the end result, but C.J. Sansom has spun a believable tale that is engaging and keeps you involved right up to the end.


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