‘Compulsively gripping Tudor murder mysteries As a plot with a clutch of steel pulls you through dramatic twists and turns and vivid, knowledgeable, widely. Revelation: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery [C. J. Sansom] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery. Revelation is a historical mystery novel by British author C. J. Sansom. It is Sansom’s fifth novel, and the fourth in the Matthew Shardlake Series. Set in .

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Anyway, I’ll update when this one is done. King Henry is planning to take another wife and is busy trying dansom convince Catherine Parr to marry him. Matthew vows to bring the killer to justice but there is much more to th In this installment, it is the year and Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback lawyer, has been promoted to Serjeant in the Court of Requests by Archbishop Cranmer. Feb 07, Alison rated it liked it.

See 1 question about Revelation…. Jj are selected and given horrific deaths in accordance revelarion these Biblical teachings. Powell rated revelagion really liked it. For a further review: He’s been committed to Bedlam, in part because what he’s doing is crazy, but also to protect him from religious persecution.

Nov 20, C. A serial killer is using versus in the Book of Revelations to carry out his killings. Revelation is no exception. Even the murders themselves start to seem unnecessarily drawn out.

Horrendous killings, tracking down possible suspects across London, being stalked and slashed by unknown assailants does u deter Master Shardlake, as he pieces together all the clues and relentlessly tracks down the murderer. You will not be able to put this down. In this installment, it is the year and Matthew Shardlake, the hunchback lawyer, has been promoted to Serjeant in the Court of Requests by Archbishop Cranmer. I was still guessing who the killer really was all the way through!

Through the characters and other story sansoom running through the novel, many pictures of daily life emerge including the practice of Medicine at the time, the workings of the sewerage system, construction of false teeth and of course the upheaval in religion and the chucrches during the reformation.


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. Already women were painting their faces with lead to kill off the top layer of skin to mimic the paleness of the purest of Englishwomen.

While Shardlake has to bolster up his courage to enter the Bedlam for the first time and meet the strange inmates, it is not revelatiom him to shirk his duty. Sovereign felt like Sansom maturing into complete control of his territory: As with the previous books, Sansom’s narrative is highly visual and Revelation will clearly make a white-knuckle film a BBC series is reportedly in development starring Kenneth Branagh.

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Matthew Shardlake 7 books. Everything is tied up and you get the answers to all the questions raised. Orchestrated with the methodical cunning and pathological cruelty that we relate now to being the potential handiwork of serial killers.

The sights, smells, sounds Feb 13, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 12, Alisa rated it really liked it. Sansom provides a look at the infamous Bethlehem Hospital, giving his readers another taste of life in Tudor England. Meanwhile, a teenage boy, a religious maniac, has been placed in the Bedlam hos Spring, Shardlake is a wonderful character who has grown and improved as a character through the series.

It happens everytime I pick up one of these books. Why has the boy suddenly flipped? Running parallel to these killings is the story of a young man, Adam Kite. For what else would the Tudor sanosm make of a serial killer? However, the crime is not a simple one and brings him back into contact with those at the centre of power regelation the Court — Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Seymour and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. This one held another great mystery, a serial killer wh Another great instalment in one of my favourite series.

When an old friend os Matthew Shardlake is murdered, his investigations leads to connections to both, and to the prophecies of the book of Revelation. The “serial killer in Tudor England” approach was interesting, but ultimately didn’t interest me. If it fails, they could all lose their heads. Trivia About Revelation Matth They interact in believable, thought provoking conversations and are tested in various ways by each turn of events. However, the killer always seems to be one gevelation ahead of them and knows a great deal about Matthew and Jack too.


Gruesome deaths the like of which they have never seen.


In the midst of this turmoil, Shardlake finds the body of his best friend of twenty years standing, Roger Elliard, viciously murdered and drowned in the bloodied waters of the Temple Court fountain. Maybe this was believed at the time, and that is why he chose to write it that way or maybe it was a simple mistake.

What Shardlake begins to uncover is more horrifying than anything he and his hot-blooded young assistant Jack Barak have yet had to face. Reevlation beyond belief by the murder of so pleasant and generous a i, he promises the widow Dorothy, also the love of his youth, to find the killer and bring him to justice. The stories are not always fast paced or addictive, but for me it is not really the power of the story or plot that keeps me coming back again and again, it is the power of the author to open a window in time through which I feel and see and smell Tudor England.

A little heavy on the religious side as the mystery involves passages from the bible but it’s not preachy.

As sansoom murders come to light the pressures mount to find the killer. Evidence of the author’s feel for place and period led one hopefully to Dark Fire, and in the matter of authentic atmosphere one was not disappointed.

Shardlake pledges to Dorothy that he will find Roger’s killer and bring him to justice.