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Dissolution: A Shardlake Novel | C. J. Sansom
The 1st instalment in the wildly popular Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada. It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution. But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege. Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes...
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Last book for this year and decade!!

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My email from C.J. Samson‘s agent:

Dear Eadie
We hope there will be more Shardlake novels — but we will have to wait a good while. The author is at the research stage with the next novel.
All best
Antony Topping

My reply:
Dear Antony,
Thanks for your reply. Love these books and all the research he does and his writing is amazing!
Thanks again,

His reply:
Very pleased to know you have enjoyed the books so much.
Best wishes

Ddzmini I‘m adding them to@my tbr so as always my list is growing 📖😋 7mo
EadieB @Ddzmini You won‘t be disappointed. 7mo
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A little slow to start but it's a solid and atmospheric historical murder mystery, set in an isolated monastery, that kept me guessing about the culprit.

3 stars

#MOUNTTBR2019 21/36
Goodreads 39/52

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Day 27 - #OneWordTitles #CJSansom #SpringIntoReading

1. Dissolution (2001)
2. Dark Fire (2004) - only 2 word title
3. Sovereign (2006)
4. Revelation (2008)
5. Heartstone (2010)
6. Lamentation (2012)
7. Tombland (2018)

Freespirit I love these books! 9mo
EadieB @Freespirit They are great reads! 9mo
Mitch I read book one of these a long time ago and have another few on my shelves. You reminded me what a good read it was and that I need to get back to the series! 👍🏼 9mo
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EadieB @Mitch Yes! You should! 9mo
Andrew65 Great choice! 9mo
Andrew65 @Mitch The good news is I think book 1 was the weakest of the series. Really gets going from book 2. 9mo
Mitch @Andrew65 oh - well that‘s good. Because I liked book 1! 9mo
Twohikers81 I just bought the first one can‘t wait to start it Thankyou for posting it 9mo
EadieB @Twohikers81 Enjoy! I know you will love it! 9mo
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It took me well over a decade to take this book off my shelves and read it. It was worth the wait! An excellent historical mystery set during the reign of Henry VIII. Matthew Shardlake is an interesting character; I will definitely continue on with this series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Andrew65 A great book, and a great series. So glad you enjoyed it. I think the series only gets better. My personal favourite is Book 3 9mo
Andrew65 Also loved the latest one 9mo
Melissa_J @Andrew65 I‘ve already added the next three books to my wish list. Hard to believe I don‘t already own them! 9mo
Andrew65 @Melissa_J 👍😊 9mo
Cathythoughts I liked this one well enough ... I did get the second , maybe give it a go soon 9mo
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Ellie and I are living it up this Friday night! My daughter is watching Netflix in her room, and my husband is watching Netflix downstairs. Ellie and I are chilling in bed with this fantastic book. We know how to have a good time on Friday night 😁 📚


Leftcoastzen Sounds great! Ellie is such a cutie! 10mo
Soubhiville Hi Ellie! 🐾💕 10mo
Texreader Sansom is the best!!! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Too cute!!!! 10mo
Andrew65 Sounds a great plan to me! 10mo
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This is a good sign- the first page has a map (gold star) and the library is the first room identified! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. But I am stumped by room 7- the Reredorter. I had never heard of it before. Google tells me it‘s a common area latrine, usually found in monasteries. I learned something before really starting the book. This could be fun!

RJHowe And on the subject of monastic bathroom trivia, apparently the Protestant reformer Martin Luther came up with the idea of “justification through faith alone” while sitting in just such a place. He referred to it as the “cloaca”. (edited) 10mo
HardcoverHearts @RJHowe Ha! now that‘s a handy piece of trivia! 10mo
RJHowe My university education has to be good for something. 10mo
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This book has been part of my library since it was released. That was well over a decade ago. It‘s not even close to being the oldest book on my TBR mountain 😳. Time to give it a try 🤞🏻

Daisey This is a great series! 10mo
Andrew65 Just finished the latest book in this series this week. I agree with @Daisey it is a great series and Shardlake is a wonderful character. I think they only get better as the series progresses. Enjoy! 👍 10mo
Andrew65 Love the cover! 10mo
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Melissa_J @Andrew65 @Daisey So far, so good 👌🏻 10mo
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Yey! 😊 10mo
AlaMich This was such a good book! Enjoy! 😊 10mo
LeahBergen Oh, good! I‘ll be waiting to see how you like it (and then I‘ll probably still let it sit for another 5 years on my shelves 😆😆). 10mo
Andrew65 @LeahBergen 😂😂😂 10mo
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Are you still enjoying it? 10mo
Melissa_J @Andrew65 I am! 😊 10mo
Andrew65 @Melissa_J That‘s great. 10mo
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Brilliant recommendation. Well researched meant this weaving tale had many layers. Best thing I can say about it is that immediately upon finishing I started it's sequel.

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Meticulously researched and morally complex, this is an exceptional novel among the many set in the English Reformation. The book follows Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer in the patronage of vicar general Thomas Cromwell, as he investigates a murder at a monastery. This novel shines in a lot of ways. The great depth of historical research on the author‘s part is evident even to someone with a passing familiarity with the era. Great historical mystery!

Crazeedi I enjoyed this one too. I must get moving on reading the next book!! 11mo
businessmermaid @Crazeedi Me too! I have a copy but my TBR is so long that I have no idea when I might get to it! 11mo
Crazeedi @businessmermaid same w me! 11mo
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Getting started on this Tudor mystery tonight 😍😍😍

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Loving this book now! Amazing murder mystery

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The more I read the better it gets, started of slow but has started turning into an amazing grizzly murder novel set in a church... Love the writing in this page

Crazeedi I read this one and it did take a moment to get into. I need to move on to the next in series soon! 12mo
Dangermouse @Crazeedi I think once you get used to the writing style and setting, it's a fantastic read... I think I could really get into this series 12mo
Crazeedi @Dangermouse yes I agree 12mo
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#LitsyWalkers Walking with Shardlake: I've caught bits of the BBC dramatized versions, but this is my first time listening to the full book. Great company on a windy day.

DivineDiana Beautiful! 12mo
Kaye 👍🏼💖 12mo
hilded Lovely :) 12mo
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DarcysMom Fantastic picture! 12mo
Wife 🌹 12mo
Kaye Good job on your walk and pretty picture. Is the book like a detective type story ? I haven‘t heard of it before. Glad you‘re enjoying it. 12mo
charl08 @kaye yes: it's set in the reign of Henry VIII. Shardlake is a lawyer asked to sort out cases for Thomas Cromwell. Very atmospheric. 12mo
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A friend has recommended this. Know absolutely nothing about it but different genre for me. Ereader this time. Funny I still prefer a proper book for reading so this is first on reader in months. Fingers crossed it's good as last book was a bit unfulfilling

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An interesting historical mystery series list. Surprised at only 25th place for CJ Sansom compared to one or two of the others but these lists are always subjective! @Tove_Reads @EadieB @TiredLibrarian


EadieB Interesting list. I‘ll have to print it and keep it handy! @Andrew65 12mo
Andrew65 I‘ve only Read 5! @EadieB (edited) 12mo
BethM Ive never read a historical mystery, maybe I should give it a try! 12mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 I‘ve read 9. We need to get busy! (edited) 12mo
Melissa_J I‘ve read eight of these, which is more than I would have expected! I have several others around here in shelves. 12mo
Tove_Reads 11. Totally disagree with the list! 12mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Perhaps we need to think of producing our own list! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB We do! 12mo
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Doing better than me. 👍 12mo
Andrew65 @BethM There are some really good books and series out there. I loved no. 2. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 haven‘t read it but own it (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Which is the one you own? 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 #2 Interpretation of Murder 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Love that and I‘d also follow it with the second book 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 i own that one too! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Hope you get to read them both soon, I didn‘t even know about the bombing of Wall Street in 1920 until this second book. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I never heard of that bombing either but looked it up on Wiki 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Presumably not that well known then. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I guess not but you think the news would have mentioned it in 2001 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB You would. It will be interesting to see if it will be mentioned on the 100th anniversary next year. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m not sure but it may get a newspaper article. It seemed to be Italian anarchists that were upset about some Italians who was arrested and/or deported. I don‘t watch much tv or read any newspapers so I miss a lot of news. (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Likewise, too busy reading and news programmes are so depressive! 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I know! It‘s better living in a Fiction world! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB You‘d think they would occasionally find good news. Just wall to wall Brexit at the moment or more to the point politicians trying to use it for their own political advantage. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Politicians are only out for their own political gain! I don‘t think Brexit would be that big of a deal. The UK didn‘t change to using different currency. You just won‘t be under their stupid rules. Am I wrong? 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB So many people have presented it as being xenophobia or racism, but you have hit the nail on the head. For most people it is about us being responsible for our own laws and rules and not at whim of Europe. As it stands as a country everyone could be against something being implemented but if majority across Europe in favour have no choice. We‘ve never fully committed to Europe - have veto on certain things and rejected the currency. (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Be like Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, Canada deciding the rules and laws that the US has to follow. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Right! You don‘t need other countries telling you what to do! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Only have to see the Eurovision Song Contest, where we never get a look in no matter the quality of the song, to see how unpopular in Europe we are and how political the voting is. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 It‘s always about political gain for some people and it you are not in the majority then you get screwed. The US is not very well liked either. When you have power nobody likes you. (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂 Yes that about sums it up. As a nation we have always been stronger when we have stood on our own. We have far more in common with the US and Australia than we ever had in common with Europe . Other than wars! 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 So if it‘s not to your benefit then why do you need to be involved with what they are doing? You‘re like your own big island anyway. 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Would be tough at first but better long term IMHO, rather like a very bad divorce at the moment. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 It was a bad marriage to begin with so the divorce will be bad too. But once it‘s done it will be over and they can go away and don‘t let them cross the English Channel again! Runaway runaway! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😂😂😂 Initially just started as an economic union of six countries then got hijacked. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I think it was a trick to gain some power over the UK. Then it got bad when the financial part went hokey! (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Well that trick worked and only ever got a vote on an economic union back in 1972! 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I didn‘t realize that it started in 1972. I just checked it out on google. I thought it was a more recent union. The first treaty was in 1957. Wow! (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Just in recent times this European Parliament has tried to take our powers. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Well I hope it doesn‘t turn out like some type of Cold War! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Think it already has to some extent, but hey no we are used through history to going it alone. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Right! But I think there may be others who want out but are not powerful enough to accomplish that and then that creates bad feeling against the UK. It‘s like misery loves company. 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I think one or two countries are watching how it goes. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 To some smaller countries I would say that the EU may have benefits for them but a large economically stable country like the UK, I don‘t see much benefit. I think it ends up costing the UK more financially and I don‘t think you really need the other countries. 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB That really sums up my view and being affected by some Eastern European countries joining which have major financial issues. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Right! It then becomes a drag on your economy! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Exactly. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That‘s where the UK got tricked. The other countries are picking the UK‘s pockets and the attitude is: “we deserve the UK to help us because they are so financially wealthy compared to us.” Then that makes the UK look nasty for pulling back on the agreement. But you can only let your pockets be picked for so long until they become a burden to you. (edited) 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB They are looking at the black hole left when the UK stops paying the billions of pounds they have been doing. 12mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Right! And that will be a big black hole for them but that should not be the UK‘s problem. Your government has to do what is best for your citizens! 12mo
Andrew65 @EadieB If only! 12mo
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#MusicalNewYear #ALittlePriest even though I wasnt wildly mad about tagged book , I did like it & there were holy men ( monks/priests) in there . Still I find myself now owning the second in the series Dark Fire ... & I want to read it 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB I‘ve read number 1 and have number 7!! 12mo
Freespirit I love this series. 12mo
Cathythoughts @Freespirit it does seem very popular 👍🏻♥️ 12mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB did you like the first one Trish ? 12mo
TrishB No 😔 hubby brought me it so I think I probably said it was ok - not wanting to upset him! Now he‘s brought me the new one - which means do I have to read the ones in between or just hide it at the bottom of the pile! 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB Oh dear !! Maybe you could read a few pages & then hit that #hibernationbutton 🐻( did you see @julesG idea about hibernating books .... (edited) 12mo
TrishB I started one last night that I couldn‘t get into - so that‘s gone into hibernation 😁 started another one in the bus this morning and just want to be reading now! 12mo
Crazeedi I read this one, but haven't gotten around to reading the next in series . I liked it 12mo
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi yes! I liked it too , just didn‘t love it. But I hear they get better as they go along 👍🏻♥️ 12mo
vivastory It sounds intriguing, hopefully they get better 12mo
Andrew65 It took a few years to progress from the first one, even though I owned books 2 and 3 at the time. I feel Book 1 is the weakest one and they get much stronger. My favourite is book 3 (Sovereign) where Shardlake encounters Henry VIII - a very interesting scene. I will be reading book 6 next week having read books 2-5 in 2018. @Crazeedi @TrishB @vivastory @Cathythoughts (edited) 12mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 thank you, I am going to get the next one to read for sure 12mo
Crazeedi @Cathythoughts yes I heard that too, so I'm going to get the next couple to read! 12mo
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Fabulous historical mystery set in Tudor times.

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Master Shardlake is a lawyer who is tasked with finding the murderer of one of Cromwell‘s commissioners at a monastery. Him and his assistant find themselves snowed in, and surrounded by enemies. And as the body count increases, it is vital that they discover the murderer before they too are killed.

My only issue with this was that Shardlake mentioned his disability (he is hunchbacked) very frequently. Otherwise, a great read :)

#History #Crime

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First of his Tudor crime series featuring hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake. The historical period is well conveyed and the plot, while a trifle far-fetched, is gripping enough to keep the reader turning the pages. While not exactly Umberto Eco this is an entertaining and surprisingly informative read.

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This is really somewhere between a pick & a “so-so” because I loved it up until the middle & then I started to feel a bit claustrophobic in the monastery... but it was good. I will read the next installment sometime 👍🏻

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#SeptemberDanes #LeanOn the tagged book my present read. And the walking stick was my fathers ... he leaned on that stick , so it‘s something I treasure. And will use too one day ❤️
Thankyou so much to our lovely hosts for another month of keeping in touch with prompts & books 😘😘 I enjoyed these challenging prompts Katja 🙏🏻

laurenbescoby 😍 lovely post x 1y
Cinfhen What a beautiful memento to connect u to your dad ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
batsy I love this post 💞 1y
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LeahBergen I love this. ❤️❤️ 1y
BarbaraBB What a lovely post 💜 1y
andrew61 Great book cathy and a lovely photo. 1y
Kalalalatja Great post, and thanks for playing along 💕 1y
MaGoose My father had a similar cane. 🙂💕 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely post 💕 1y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 🙏🏻🙏🏻 1y
Cathythoughts @andrew61 that‘s great to hear about the book ! & thankyou 1y
Cathythoughts @MaGoose I love these old sticks ❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @cinfhen it is that 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Cathythoughts @batsy thankyou XX 1y
ephemeralwaltz Beautiful post💜 1y
Crazeedi Memories keep our loved ones close, God bless 1y
Cathythoughts @ephemeralwaltz thankyou 💕💕 1y
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi thanks 🙏🏻 they do ! ❤️ (edited) 1y
rohit-sawant Echoing everyone above, lovely post! 💜 1y
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant thankyou my friend 💜 1y
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Starting this one. I was tempted by the gorgeous display of this series in Waterstones... they all looked so shiny & lovely ... so ofcorse temptation took over.

Tove_Reads We have a buddy read coming up reading #4 in the series at the end of October. 1y
Cathythoughts @Tove_Reads thanks for letting me know. But I‘d say theres no way I‘ll be read up to number 3 by then. But you must like the series so ... that‘s good to know 👍🏻 thanks 1y
AlaMich It‘s a great book...very immersive and interesting, especially if you don‘t know much about the events of the time, as I didn‘t. 1y
Cathythoughts @AlaMich I did pick it too as I‘d like to learn more about this time ... so sounds good ! Thanks , I really want to like it. 👍🏻 1y
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4/5 stars. This was a great book in the end, though I found it dragged a bit in the beginning and took me a few chapters to really get into it. But, boy, when I did I was hooked! Definitely had an end I didn‘t see coming and I really enjoyed the historical part of this historical fiction mystery!

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Found the library!! My fiancé laughed and shook his head when he saw the stack. #sorrynotsorry #libraryhaul

Libby1 The tagged book is excellent, and the series it‘s in just gets better and better. Have fun! 1y
Reviewsbylola All the Ugly is fantastic. 1y
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Finished Dissolution which I started Friday night! Found it an easy read with interesting historical facts about dissolving the monasteries under the reign of King Henry VIII in 1537 by order of Thomas Cromwell. Matthew Shardlake is sent to investigate the death of Commissioner Singleton at the monastery in Scarsea. A few bodies later, the murderer is apprehended and was a complete surprise to me. Looking forward to book 2 in the series Dark Fire

MayJasper I love love love this book/author 💟💟💟 2y
EadieB @MayJasper Glad to hear you enjoyed him too! 2y
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Starting this book tonight and If I wear my favorite socks I can read faster!

Andrew65 😂 The socks finish it off! Hope you enjoy it. 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 I like how colorful they are! I‘m going to read until the book falls out of my hands! lol 2y
kspenmoll Love your socks!!! 2y
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Ruthiella I need some of those reading socks 🧦 🧦 🧦 2y
EadieB @kspenmoll Thanks! I love them too! 2y
EadieB @Ruthiella Yes you do! 2y
shelbyy Love the socks! 😍 2y
EadieB @Shelby Thanks! I have them on right now! 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Those socks are fab!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I love the socks too! 💙 2y
mooingzelda I love this whole series! 2y
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This is my first completed book of the year. I listened to the audio version produced by the BBC. It was a four cast version which made it feel more like a radio play. I quite enjoyed it. Its the first in a series and I think I'll go back and listen to the rest.

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Two of my favourite historical fiction series! The Shardlake series by CJ Sansom set in Tudor times, and Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series about an English archer - I love the gold inlay effect on the spines!

#history #england #tudor

Dragon Love Shardlake 👍 2y
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'Not a quote, just a pet peeve.' When books (even ones I like, such as this one) have more than one 'rave review ' on the cover, I kind of find it a turn off.

Jess_Read_This Especially when each "review" is 1-2 words in length.... ?? 3y
Jamesfahyauthor @Jess_Read_This yes well it's assumed the cover quotes are 'lifted' from reviews that are slightly more in depth I think, but it's something more common to movie posters which seems to have migrated over to a lot of books recently. I'm not a far of overhype, (or books that say 'if you loved xxxxx then you'll love this' ) think it colours my judgement 3y
Jess_Read_This @Jamesfahyauthor I always find myself feeling distrustful towards the one word exclamations lifted from a sentence in a review. And I agree with you on the comparison "if you loved..then.." I usually end up disappointed and have to remember to judge the book on its own merit not the experience I had with another one that I may have enjoyed. 3y
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#brokedownpalace #junetunz
I couldn't think of a palace so I've gone with a monastery. I love this series (hence 5*) and book 1 sees lawyer shardlake sent to the kent coast to investigate a murder in a monastery as the reformation sees the destruction of monasteries and the breaking down of order. Bit tenuous, sorry.

Andrew65 A good call! 3y
MayJasper I too loved this book. I could almost feel the damp of the monastery in my bones 2y
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Henry VIII certainly saw himself as King of the World. The rest of us know he was just a big, dangerous, spoiled child. (Sound familiar? 😬)

Here is my collection of Henry-related books which includes the excellent Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom, the first two parts of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall series (WHEN will the third book be published?!?), and an in-depth biography of Thomas Cromwell.

LeahBergen I need that 3rd book! 3y
vivastory I've been wanting to read Mantel's series, I'm waiting for the third one to be released 3y
Libby1 SO DO I, @LeahBergen ! So do I. 3y
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Libby1 @vivastory - the first two are so substantial and thought provoking that I don't think I could read them back to back. That would be a mind boggling experience, though. 3y
vivastory @libby1 I'll probably take a break for a couple of weeks in between. Have you read other Mantel books? 3y
Libby1 @vivastory - I read The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, which is a series of short stories. I also have a number of other books of hers in my TBR. Have you read much of her work? 3y
vivastory @libby1 The only one by her I have read is "Beyond Black." I thought it was amazing, really devastating. 3y
Daisey I love the Shardlake series! 3y
Libby1 I haven't read them all yet, @Daisey , have you? I've read up to Revelation. 3y
LeahBergen @Libby1 @vivastory I've been meaning to pick this one up for ages 3y
Libby1 I have that one, @LeahBergen , but I haven't tackled it yet! 3y
Daisey Yes, I've read and enjoyed all of them, although I probably like the early part of the series best. 3y
Libby1 @Daisey - Dark Fire is my favourite so far. 3y
LibrarianRyan 🤓👍 3y
vivastory @LeahBergen @libby1 That has been on my radar as well. It will be my next Mantel. 3y
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Not a real fan of detective stories, but don't mind ones with an historical bent and this one ticked the boxes. Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer during the time of Henry VIII is sent by his patron Thomas Cromwell to investigate a murder in a Monastery scheduled for dissolution. A quite well done mystery wrapped around an interesting historical period. Have already purchased the next in the series.

Tnovo I loved this series!! 🙌. I enjoyed how Matthew maneuvered through all the politics in each book. Glad you enjoyed he first one. I thought the books got better and better. 👍 3y
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My latest lunchtime library haul. Which should I read next? #bookhaul #historicalfiction

Reviewsbylola A Gentleman in Moscow is very good but very dense. 3y
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Slow but I liked the concept. Also, quite a good twist at the end!

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Reading on the beach and realised I was sitting in someone's shell collection.

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I don't generally read mysteries, but I love this historical series set in Tudor England with a hunchback lawyer as the protagonist. Except for Dark Fire all of the titles fall into today's one word category.

#PhotoadayNov16 #onewordtitles #historicalfiction

Daisey Additionally, Litsy is the first chance I've had to talk with others who have read and enjoyed these books. Thanks, @Texreader! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I love historical mysteries. Will check out this series! 3y
LizzyM I read the first one and really enjoyed it. I need to get back to the series! 3y
Texreader @Daisey Thank you for tagging me. Me too! Gorgeous stack!! 3y
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#Reread of the first book in the Matthew Shardlake series. One of my all-time favourite characters. This book is crime fiction, mystery and historical at it's best and each book in the series surpasses the last.

The cross belonged to my Great Nan #rip who 10 years ago first made me think about God and faith and to whom I'll be forever grateful x

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I love my historical fiction and this had a nice element of mystery and intrigue.

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This was one of the recommendations on the "All the Books" podcast and I immediately wrote it down. I've been missing my historical fiction so it's time to get back to it.

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The book that introduces Matthew Shardlake to the world! A murder mystery set against the backdrop of Tudor England; the recent deaths of Anne
Boleyn, and Jane Seymour, and the rise of Thomas Cromwell.

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Vacation reads....the 1st book in the Shardlake Series. #currentlyreading #historicalcrimefiction

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Opening line:
"I was down in Surrey, on business for Lord Cromwell's office, when the summons came."
#bookgnome #cjsansom #dissolution #matthewshardlake

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If I knocked and waited at every door, who knows what I might miss?

Dolly Awesome photo! 3y
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