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This is a terrific historical mystery, enveloping you in two great mysteries (and several minor ones) played out in the world of Tudor England.
This is an exceptionally well-told tale. Listening, you are almost overcome by the stench of 16th Century London, with its uncapped, seeping cesspools and brown Thames. You are confronted by the hardened bullies and thugs who dominate its streets and its halls of justice, by the frightened and harried peasants worn down by a decade of "reform" and a lifetime of toil, and by a few everyday heros who try to do right against extraordinary odds.
Sansom is a talented historian who brings to real life not just the streets of London but also the intrigue of the Tudor Court, the class pretensions of its aristocracy, and the corruption seeping through its foundations. Against this backdrop play out two engaging mysteries ~ the seemingly straight-forward murder of a young boy and the possible rediscovery, after centuries, of a horrible weapon of war.
Matthew Shardlake, our lawyer-detective, plumbs these mysteries, aided by a charmingly rough-hewn companion. His travails will keep you intrigued and you will be glad that this is a long tale ~ you won't want it to end.
This second Shardlake mystery is a complete success.
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If you've read Dissolution, you'll know C.J. Sansom is a great mystery and character writer. His books are quite long so I decided to start listening to the audiobooks and I enjoyed the narrator for this one. He does good comical accents for people the listener is supposed to dislike/be suspicious of. I also like the book for the introduction of a new sidekick for Shardlake.
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