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Gad. How did we ever make it through our history?
This was an interesting foray into a time I don't know much about, so I'm taking it on faith that it was accurately portrayed. The setting and characters were deep and well drawn. The actual mystery was a bit banal in the end, and at times the story dragged. But it was still definitely worth reading. I plan to read more of this series.
Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell... you could call this Disillusionment. Our detective hero starts thinking that Reform is going to fix the ills of society, but slowly comes to realize that the people on both sides are pretty much equivalent, for better and worse.
Bloodshed, chasing, falling, secret passageways, the works. A perfectly competent page turner. Plus enough details about a crucial time in history... educational entertainment!
Oh yeah, a tip of the hat to Umberto Eco in here, a copy of Aristotle's On Comedy, long thought lost, is in the monastery library!
Excellent novel set in the English Reformation.
Delighted with this unexpected find which I picked up recently. Didn't think I could face another Tudor novel, but this one is quite different, much more Name of the Rose than Wolf Hall. Would definitely read more in this series.
A well-written historical mystery, unique for both its characters and setting. A definite winner for fans of historical mystery.
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Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown in 1537, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.92Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 2000-
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An edition of this book was published by HighBridge.
Original review Jan 2012
Really enjoyed this. Look forward to reading the other books in the series. ( )