Category Archives: Matthew Shardlake by CJ Sansom

Medieval mysteries — the investigations of a lawyer in the time of King Henry VIII. An interesting perspective on the history and a fresh twist on historical novels.

REVIEW: Dissolution by CJ Sansom (Matthew Shardlake #1)


Series: Matthew Shardlake

Book Number: 1

Read this book for: historical mystery, medieval mystery, whodunnit

Quick Review: While not always surprising, this was an interesting blend of history (religious and political) and the elements of a Christie-style whodunnit.


Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer working for Thomas Cromwell under the reign of King Henry VIII, is sent to a remote monastery to investigate the grisly death of one of his fellow Commissioners. Can he find out who is responsible for what rapidly becomes a series of deaths, before he becomes the next victim?

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