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Heartstone (Matthew Shardlake 5)

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I feel like Matthew, Barak and Guy are old friends now and I can't wait to see what they are up to next. A random descripton from a friend of his from a previous case, Ellen Fettiplace, makes him curious about the dark secrets that have caused her to become agoraphobic.

We know and understand Shardlake well, and that of his side-kick, Jack Barack, others seem more as outlines.With the events of book six, 'Lamentation', looking more tumultuous than ever, I do hope he will be OK. Heartstone differs markedly, being more of a mystery-solving plot, with incidents having happened in the distant past. They are expecting their second child any day now, which after the events of “Revelation” you are rooting for them. Henry VIII¿s invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. Shardlake must piece together a coherent account of what happened years earlier from fragmentary evidence and hearsay.

Sansom never fails to expertly recreate Tudor England, from the London streets to the deck of the Mary Rose. The history lessons from school were certainly never this gripping and almost none of the information that was listed in such a lacklustre way stuck with me. Most of Sansom’s novels (which include Dissolution, Sovereign, Dark Fire and Revelation) seem positively operatic in their sheer scale, and the vividness of which Tudor England is covered by the author makes most other writing in the genre seem footling.Matthew must use all his investigative skills as well as his diplomatic skills to avoid being caught up in the corruption and deception of the players in Henry's court. Unlike the fourth book, I did not know what the title of this book was referring to so I was going into this one blind, which I love. Guy challenges Matthew when it comes to religion and what he believes is right when it comes to science.

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