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Dissolution - The Shardlake Series 1 (Paperback)
  • Dissolution - The Shardlake Series 1 (Paperback)

Dissolution - The Shardlake Series 1 (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 18/05/2007
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Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and the country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: the monasteries are to be dissolved. 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 - a black cockerel sacrificed on the alter, and the disappearance of Scarnsea's Great Relic. Dr Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell into this atmosphere of treachery and death. But Shardlake's investigation soon forces him to question everything he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes ...

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330450799

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“Really good book”

This is definitely a 'curl up in front of the fire' on a dull afternoon book. Its the first Matthew Shardlake story I've read and I'll definitely be reading more.

25th November 2013
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Great Character Descriptions. Slow page turner full of historical fact merged with fiction at the same time a great Who done It!.

22nd October 2009
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This book had me gripped from the first page. I couldn't put it down. You just don't want it to end. Grab a glass of wine, light the candles and go back to the darker side of Tudor England. Brilliant!

8th April 2008
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