It’s the spring of 1549, two years after Henry VIII’s death and the country is collapsing into chaos. The economy is down, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring. Since the king’s death, Matthew Shardlake has been working for Henry’s daughter as a lawyer. Investigating a gruesome murder, layers of mystery and danger unfold as a second murder is committed. As further chaos breaks out, Shardlake is forced to decide where his loyalty lies and makes a surprising discovery in connection to the killing.
By C.J. Sansom