I have been remiss in not mentioning C.J. Sansom’s Shardlake mysteries, set in Tudor times, which I’ve heard some really good things about. I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet, but they are on my “to read” list! I received an email from the publisher about the most recent one, and have pasted the press release information below:
The #1 international bestselling author brings us his fifth Shardlake novel
In C.J. Sansom’s fifth Shardlake mystery, HEARTSTONE (Viking; $27.95; ISBN: 978-0-670-02239-7; on sale January 24, 2011), it is the summer of 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone horribly wrong, and a massive French armada is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth , the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis.
Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of “monstrous wrongs” committed against a young ward of the court—which have already involved one mysterious death—Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak, journey to Portsmouth.
Upon their arrival, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city preparing to become a war zone and Shardlake uses this opportunity to investigate the past of Ellen Fettipace, a young woman incarcerated in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen’s family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions with both an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne.
A riveting tale told with startling historical precision and confidence, HEARTSTONE will appeal to lovers of literary fiction, thrillers, and historical novels.
About the Author
C.J. Sansom is the author of five Shardlake novels, including Revelation, a USA Today Best Book of the Year for 2009, Sovereign, Dark Fire, winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, and Dissolution. He is also the author of the international bestseller Winter in Madrid. His books have been sold in twenty-five countries. He lives in Brighton, England .
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