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Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Paperback)

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Historical mystery fans are probably wondering how I have missed this for so long! England in 1537 is divided between those who support King Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, his feared vicar general, and those faithful to the Catholic Church. Matthew Shardlake, esq. is tasked by Cromwell with finding out who murdered a royal commissioner at a monastery, but his quest leads him to question is faith in the men he serves and the very system which separates the poor and wealthy by so very much. The struggles of a good man to find the path of what is good and right in a world so corrupt that it is akin to a path through marshes on a rainy night resonates powerfully today. Historical mystery lovers rejoice!

— Linda


From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes the exciting and elegantly written first novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series

Dissolution is an utterly riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.

A "remarkable debut" (P. D. James), Dissolution introduces a thrilling historical series that is not to be missed by fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

About the Author

C. J. Sansom, the internationally bestselling author of the novels Winter in Madrid and Dominion and the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series, earned a Ph.D. in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

Praise For…

"The sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page. With his remarkable debut, C. J. Sansom can lay claim to a place among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists." —P. D. James

"Sansom seems to have been born with, or instinctively acquired, that precious balance of creativity and research that lets a mystery set in another time walk a delicate line between history and humanity." —Chicago Tribune

"With this cunningly plotted and darkly atmospheric effort, Sansom proves himself to be a promising newcomer." —Publishers Weekly

"This is a humdinger of a whodunnit. Read it!" —Colin Dexter

Product Details
ISBN: 9780142004302
ISBN-10: 0142004308
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 27th, 2004
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery