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Revelation is no exception. I debated about giving this one 5 stars and decided to go ahead and do it. So, we are now up to Catherine Parr.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. However, the killer always seems to be one step ahead of them and knows a great deal about Matthew and Jack too. The cases that Matthew is wrapped up in for this installment once again bring him closer to court than he is comfortable with, and the reader is given a fun glimpse of the Seymour brothers as Henry VIII nears his end and targets his final wife, Catherine Parr.

Another winning Matthew Shardlake mystery. Sep 20, Samantha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Crime fiction CJ Sansom reviews. Some parts are a bit ‘corny’, Shardlake’s love struggles and the troubles in the relationship between Barak and Tamasin, but that’s ok for me, the rest makes up for it. Life becomes very dangerous at times for our hero and there are numerous very gruesome murders!

Evidence of the author’s feel for place and period led one hopefully to Dark Fire, and in the matter of authentic atmosphere on As a confirmed Sansom addict, I now believe that the four Shardlake novels show an admirable progression. A serial killer is using versus in the Book sanso, Revelations to carry out his killings.

Return to Book Page. I like this aspect because it means you can leave a gap between reading the next one. The comments on the article were very amusing–people shocked and “what’s the world coming to” and “this shows the dangers of the modern sansmo culture” The lady who will become his sixth and final wife. This novel, with After pages I realized that I accidentally read this novel out of order, I had yet to read Sovereignhowever it was too good of a story and too late to stop.


Some parts are a bit ‘corny’, Shardlake’s love struggles and the troubles in the relationship bet Like the other Shardlake books, this one started slow for me.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Life becomes very The fourth installment in this excellent series and it is easily worth five stars. But sometimes years pass between each book.

This Shardlake centres on religious mania, apocalyptic expectations, and the affect on people of new interpretations of sin from radical Protestants. In the same book it described how a grandmother makes two young girls put belladonna drops in their eyes so the pupils widen to make them look more attractive that it poisons them and makes them revelatjon is ignored.

Victims are selected and given horrific deaths in accordance with these Biblical teachings. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


He is summoned to Archbishop Cramer’s office and is told that this is not the first murder that they have suppressed the details of as there is a suspicion that this will threaten Catherine Parr. There is a serial killer on the loose in London and once Matthew begins his investigation, the killer’s attention is turned to him. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor.

Fevelation have been multiple killings in previous books, but this is the first time Rebelation has found himself on the trail of a serial killer in the modern mould, one who treats killing as both a holy mission and an art form, and takes as much pleasure in teasing his pursuers as in the murders themselves.

The rest of the Shardlake books are expected to follow. Violent clashes of radical religious groups; tax increases to fund foreign wars; whales washed up in the Thames; scandalous public care of the mentally ill; even references to a man killing prostitutes in East Anglia.

Should he be released to his parents, when his terrifying actions could lead to him being burned as a heretic?

Revelation by C. J. Sansom

As with Dissolution, the other book from this series that I’ve read, the history in this story is much stronger than the mystery. He does the audio for all of the novels I believe. Lady Latimer is being pursued by Henry after he’s successfully managed to kill off his latest young wife, Catherine Howard.


I can feel my heart twist in my chest when he is hurting. It’s really well-done and was great fun to read. Henry VIII is slowly drifting back to the old ways, so the great reformers of the age, among them Cranmer, are scheming to hold on to the freedom to make others worship the way they want them to and to discredit any heretics who would allow Henry the opportunity to return the English church to its Popish ways. Unfortunately, Matthew’s peaceful existance is interrupted when his dear friend, Roger Elliard, is murdered in a most horrific and public way.

This is the fourth novel in the series featuring lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, and his assistant Jack Barak. Sansom books 4 out of 5 stars with the exception of the third in the series, Sovereign, which I gave 5 stars tobut I do thoroughly enjoy them. I have given this book some time to swirl around in my mind since I finished it, and I’m still not sure that I can do it justice.

Mathew Shardlake is a lawyer working with a couple whose son has been sent to Bedlam because he refuses to stop praying on the streets and Mathew is trying to get his conditions improved and has hooked him up with his doctor.

Lists with This Book. Extremely entertaining and for me unputdownable!

As always, Sansom paints a realistic portrait of an reelation where power and wealth are the ultimate prize and life is easily disposed of; his attention to detail conjures a time both vastly different and eerily reminiscent of our own, a world where revelatiom fundamentalism threatens to uproot the foundations of reason and men struggle to come to terms with the meaning of justice and faith.

The pluses were originality of scene and the personality of the hunchback lawyer himself. Devotees will live in hope. As more murders come to light the pressures mount to find the killer.

One thing to add though is that I often found myself falling asleep whilst listening to the audio.