Dissolution – C. J. Sansom

Another great find from our Herefordshire holiday, this is the first in the Shardlake series, and even knowing some of the twists and turns from later books, this novel is still a fine read. The historical setting is strong and the criminal plot excellent.

London lawyer Shardlake is summoned by King Henry VIII’s right hand man, Thomas Cromwell, and ordered to investigate (hush up) the murder of one of his men at Scarnsea monastery, a religious house in Cromwell’s reforming sights as part of his/Henry’s dissolution of the monasteries….

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