Sovereign - Matthew Shardlake, Bk 3 Author:C. J. Sansom Autumn 1541. A plot against the throne has been uncovered, and Henry VIII has set off on a spectacular progress from London to York, along with a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, to quell his rebellious northern subjects. Awaiting his arrival are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his loyal assistant,... more » Jack Barak. In addition to processing petitions to the king, Shardlake’s task is to protect a dangerous conspirator until he is transported back to London for interrogation.
But when a local glazier is murdered, things get a little more complicated as the murder seems to be not only connected to Shardlake’s prisoner but also to the royal family itself. Then Shardlake stumbles upon a cache of secret papers that throws into doubt the legitimacy of the entire royal line, and a chain of events unfolds that threatens Shardlake with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London.« less
A well written who dunnit with multiple layers. Though I thought I knew who did it and why it kept me engaged to the end at which I was surprised. Matthew Shardlake's investigation of self and the events in which he's surrounded are relevant to our own period of history and the political turmoil we must all endure.
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Matthew Shardlake returns in the third historical mystery by C.J. Sansom. Shardlake is sent from London to York ahead of King Henry VIII's Progress with a commission to prepare the peoples petitions to the King and to care for the welfare of a prisoner to be brought back to the Tower of London. When a dying man whispers a deadly secret concerning the monarchy, Shardlake is thrown into a maelstrom of conspiracy, deceit, and death. Sansom, like few other authors, is able to immerse the reader into the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of 16th century Tudor England and he gets better and better with each book. I was hooked to the last page. Don't start this if you have important things to do because it is hard to put down.
Excellent, excellent HF mystery - probably the best I've read so far. All of the books in Sansom's series are addictive. His descriptions of life in England at that time are so accurate and realistic as are his characters.