[a Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery]

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The #1 international bestselling author brings us his fifth Shardlake novel.

Summer, 1545. England is at war, and Matthew Shardlake is about to encounter the most politically dangerous case of his career. While a massive French fleet prepares to attack, every able-bodied man is being pressed into military service. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr asks Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous wrongs" committed against a young ward of the court. Shardlake's inquiries take him and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak, to Hoyland Priory and Portsmouth, where the English fleet is gathering. There they uncover a startling link between the ward and a woman incarcerated in Bedlam. With a fantastic backdrop of wartime intrigue and a dramatic finale onboard one of Henry VIII's great warships, Heartstone is certain to catapult this internationally bestselling series to greater prominence.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011, c2010
ISBN: 9780670022397
Branch Call Number: SANS
Characteristics: 633 p


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Jan 18, 2016

Highly recommend this one! I read the entire series.

Jan 16, 2012

I’m reading more of this series. Thank you Mr. Sansom for a historical novel without too many of those galling in-your-face inaccuracies of the politically correct kind. This one is set in Tudor England, when King Henry VIII was at the end of his long reign and England did not quite yet rule the waves. I liked Sarjeant Matthew Shardlake, our protagonist, with his coif and robe, humpback and tender heart, friends with great last names, and penchant for stepping on some pretty important toes. He also seems to love women who can never love him and have a horrifying fear of drowning. Still, he is tenacious as a bulldog, relentlessly getting to the bottom of things. Things like: Why did Michael Calfhill hang himself? What monstrous thing did he discover when he visited his former pupils, now wards of a country gentleman? And what of Ellen Fettiplace, consigned to Bedlam, but not really mad? You know, some mysteries really are better off not solved. Or are they?

Dec 16, 2011

I didn't like this as much as the earlier books in the series.

Apr 15, 2011

Sansom has become one of my favourite authors. This tale flows well and is full of interesting historical details.

Apr 13, 2011

Maybe one of my favourites from this series! Find that Shardlake does a lot of back and forth between his investigations, this seemed to move better than the others.

debwalker Nov 08, 2010

This wonderful Tudor era series is must reading for any devotee of historical mysteries. - Margaret Cannon Globe & Mail Nov 6 2010

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