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ISBN13: 9780143113171
ISBN10: 0143113178
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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.

Review:

"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

Review:

"Atmosphere abounds in this marvelously drawn novel." Booklist

Review:

"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

Review:

"Sansom...fleshes out the detection with rich historic details presented at a stately pace. Highly intelligent entertainment." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Thrilling new historical fiction starring a scoundrel with a heart of gold and set in the darkest debtors prison in Georgian London, where people fall dead as quickly as they fall in love and no one is as they seem.

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"Antonia Hodgson’s London of 1727 offers that rare achievement in historical fiction: a time and place suspensefully different from our own, yet real . . . A damn’d good read." —Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian

London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a world of its own, with simple rules: Those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom has never been good at following rules, even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: do the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder—or be the next to die.

A dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

Synopsis:

The third Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery by C. J. Sansom, the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

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 faces the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: imprisonment int he Tower of London.

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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Cindy Figueiredo, March 29, 2008 (view all comments by Cindy Figueiredo)
This is my first Matthew Shardlake mystery. I enjoyed it so much, I just placed an order for the first two (this is the third in the series). There are historical mysteries which don't feel true, you have to do a lot of suspending of belief. But this novel, taking place in the reign of Henry VIII, fits everything I've read about this period in England, and I've read a LOT! Entertaining and realistic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113171
Author:
Sansom, C. J.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Hodgson, Antonia
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Matthew Shardlake Mysteries
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.68 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143113171 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Atmosphere abounds in this marvelously drawn novel."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Sansom...fleshes out the detection with rich historic details presented at a stately pace. Highly intelligent entertainment."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Thrilling new historical fiction starring a scoundrel with a heart of gold and set in the darkest debtors prison in Georgian London, where people fall dead as quickly as they fall in love and no one is as they seem.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Antonia Hodgson’s London of 1727 offers that rare achievement in historical fiction: a time and place suspensefully different from our own, yet real . . . A damn’d good read." —Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian

London, 1727. Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there’s honor there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea Gaol is a world of its own, with simple rules: Those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its ruthless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom has never been good at following rules, even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: do the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.

Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder—or be the next to die.

A dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

"Synopsis" by ,

The third Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery by C. J. Sansom, the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

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 faces the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: imprisonment int he Tower of London.

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.

 

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