‘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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Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy, a religious maniac locked in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. The race is on to find this murderer, before he kills again, but he is always one step ahead and is following Shardlake and his assistant Barak. Although I found the killer to be obvious in this one you do get plenty of suspicious characters and red herrings.

However, Barak lost some of my respect in this book due to his drunken antics, mainly due to grief il grant you but it just highlights the same old story of men feeling sorry for themselves while the women carry on with life.

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The author has a gift for weaving the historical backstory into the mystery and generating a very evocative atmosphere of London in the 16th century. I suspect a homage to David Fincher’s film Se7en – the murders dansom every bit as imaginatively gruesome and symbolic. There’s a bit of swashbuckling as the perpetrator is brought to justice, but as in most of the Shardlake books, it’s brains rather than brawn that saves the day.

You will not be able to put this down. 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.

Not strictly necessary, but the read is richer for taking them in order. You feel drenched in Tudor culture. I always enjoy Sansom’s books. When an old friend is horrifically murdered Shardlake promises his widow, for whom he has long had complicated feelings, to bring the killer to justice. Horrendous killings, tracking down possible suspects across London, being stalked and slashed by unknown assailants does not deter Master Revelatiion, as he pieces together all the clues and relentlessly tracks down the murderer.


I may consistently give these C. It is the end of revelatiln in and Henry is wooing Catherine Parr with the intention of making her his sixth wife. View all 4 comments. Mar 29, Nira Ramachandran rated it it was amazing.

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Sansom is an excellent writer, and his book are immensely satisfying. His search leads him to both Cranmer and Catherine Parr – and with the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.

So, we are now up to Catherine Parr. Dec 18, Marnie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I also found that my brain placed the historical …more I agree with Richard. I can feel my heart twist in my chest when he is hurting. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As always with the Shardlake novels, there is an incredible sense of time and place. Revelation takes a little time to get its main plot rolling but it is very skilfully structured – not an incident is wasted – and once the killer’s intentions become clear, don’t expect to put the book down until you’ve seen it through to the apocalyptic finale.

The past is not so foreign after all. He also achieves the rare alchemy of combining characters who are sympathetically modern in their psychology with a setting that is authentically historical. But this time the object of his affections is resisting.

Shardlake in his agnosticism; the introspection of the black monk, Guy; and the stormy relationship of Barak and Tamasin. Shouldn’t these books be read in order if they are a serial? In Book 3 of this series, Matthew is invited to a “sugar party”. In Dissolution, the claustrophobic limitations of the community at Scarnsea and the largely indistinguishable monks were the down side. I must say, I prefer the ones that are set in London rather than else where.


You, the reader, will be kept guessing all the way. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Only today I was reading about a young woman who had used a lip sucking device to create the pout rsvelation a celebrity whose name escapes me.

But in the Sixteenth Century, a time of intense religious fervour, some can only fathom it as demonic possession. 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.

Revelation (Matthew Shardlake, #4) by C.J. Sansom

The dialogue is, naturally enough, not of the time, but flavored with a sense of the time. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His success, for this reader at least, is impressively convincing. Though it is expertly done, this is only part of the attraction of the novel for me.

When the king’s coroner seems to be covering up the murder, Shardlake promises Elliard’s widow that he will find the killer, a mission he shares with Archbishop Cranmer, who must keep the investigation a secret from the king.

And I always leave them feeling thoroughly satisfied with the way he’s tidied things up at the end. Heving successfully avoided the political scheming recently, he is now right back in the middle of it. It would not be giving too much away to say that the killer is basing his murders on the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, whose apocalyptic visions have recently been opened to the common people through the king’s reforms.

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Nov 03, C. But this time the object of his affections is resisting. Powell rated it really liked it.