Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Dissolution by CJ Sansom
One of my uncles gave me this book on his last trip through. The funny thing was I'd picked it up at Barnes and Noble several months back, but didn't buy it. "Dissolution" is set in Tudor England. Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, has just died from childbed fever. The monasteries are being dissolved and their monies taken by the crown as part of the reform movement. When one of the government's commissioners winds up headless during a visit to Scarnsea's monastery, Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to find the murderer. The trouble is, he stumbles into more than just one mystery requiring his keen intellect. Sansom packs this tale with loads of historic detail, philosophical musings and a cleverly wrought mystery designed to keep the reader guessing until the very end. This is a very well done book and I would most definitely read the next two in this series.