Heartstone by C. J. Sansom
A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries)

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The epic fifth novel in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series by the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion

Summer 1545. A massive French armada is threatening England, and Henry VIII has plunged the country into economic crisis to finance the war. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr has asked Matthew Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous" wrongs committed against a young ward of the court. As the French fleet approaches, Shardlake's inquiries reunite him with an old friend-and an old enemy close to the throne.

This fast-paced fifth installment in C. J. Sansom's "richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review) will enchant fans of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, and The Other Boleyn Girl.
 

About C. J. Sansom

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C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Shardlake series, and the Spanish Civil War thriller Winter in Madrid. He lives in Sussex.
 
Published January 20, 2011 by Penguin Books. 642 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Dogged investigation of the Hobbey estate reveals nothing—until Abigail Hobbey is shot through the head during a stag hunt.

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Publishers Weekly

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Few contemporary authors are as adept as Sansom at blending a whodunit with a sweeping historical epic, as shown by his fifth mystery featuring English attorney Matthew Shardlake (after 2009's Revelat

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When it turns out that the woman came from a part of the country not far from where the family of the ward is living, both of which are quite near Portsmouth, where the French invasion is expected, all of the major plot elements come together as Shardlake and Barak set out to investigate.

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The woman's son had been tutor to a brother and sister who had lost their parents and become wards to a merchant family that had purchased lands near property owned by their family.

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The Bookbag

You might be thinking that it will not have been easy to come in at book five of a series but this presented no problem other than the fact that I now want to make the time to read the first four books in the series.

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When it turns out that the woman came from a part of the country not far from where the family of the ward is living, both of which are quite near Portsmouth, where the French invasion is expected, all of the major plot elements come together as Shardlake and Barak set out to investigate.

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Sansom embroils his hero, lawyer and do-gooder Matthew Shardlake, in several intrigues that take him away from London for a large part of the novel.

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Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr asks Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous wrongs" committed against a young ward of the court.

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The emerging mysteries around the young ward, and the events that destroyed Ellen's family nineteen years before, involve Shardlake in reunions both with an old friend and an old enemy close to the throne.

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BookRack

Rating : 4.5/5 Heartstone is the 5th book in C.J.Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series.

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California Literary Review

Where another novelist might have kept the dreaded Bedlam off-stage, or built a whole gothic novel around its forbidding walls, Sansom takes us inside it to show us the petty internal politics as well as the unhappiness and injustice.

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