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Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)by C. J. Sansom
Synopses & Reviews
From one of P. D. James's favorite mystery authors comes the third Shardlake novel.
Autumn 1541. A plot against the throne has been uncovered, and Henry VIII has set off on a spectacular progress from London to York, along with a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, to quell his rebellious northern subjects. Awaiting his arrival are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak. In addition to processing petitions to the king, Shardlakes task is to protect a dangerous conspirator until he is transported back to London for interrogation.
But when a local glazier is murdered, things get a little more complicated as the murder seems to be not only connected to Shardlakes prisoner but also to the royal family itself. Then Shardlake stumbles upon a cache of secret papers that throws into doubt the legitimacy of the entire royal line, and a chain of events unfolds that threatens Shardlake with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London.
"When historical fiction clicks, there's nothing more gripping...and C. J. Sansom's fantastic Sovereign left me positively baying for more. It's that good." USA Today
"Atmosphere abounds in this marvelously drawn novel." Booklist
"As this series progresses, not only has the size of this author's books grown, so has his plotting. Sansom's writing remains the straightforward, readable prose that distinguished his first two mysteries, with the occasional period word...lending a Tudor authenticity." Boston Globe
"Sansom...fleshes out the detection with rich historic details presented at a stately pace. Highly intelligent entertainment." Kirkus Reviews
This third Shardlake novel is set in the autumn of 1541, during the reign of Henry VIII. This time Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London.
The third installment of C. J. Sansom's acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series
C. J . Sansom has garnered a wider audience and increased critical praise with each new novel published. His first book in the Matthew Shardlake series, Dissolution, was selected by P. D. James in The Wall Street Journal as one of her top-five all-time favorite books. Now in Sovereign, Shardlake and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak, find themselves embroiled in royal intrigue when a plot against King Henry VIII is uncovered in York and a dangerous conspirator they've been charged with transporting to London is connected to the death of a local glazer.
About the Author
After a career as an attorney, C. J. Sansom now writes full time.
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