Matthew Shardlake, the narrator and ‘hero’ of Lamentation by C J Sansom [London: Mantle, 2014] acquits himself well and emerges alive at the end; unlike some. The sixth of Sansom’s Tudor detective-adventure-historical novels is as exciting and as bloody as the previous five; and just as satisfying. In a way, I would love to see him go on but poor Matthew deserves a break after six years of life-threatening escapades including two short spells in the Tower.
The Matthew Shardlake series of historical crime fiction from C J Sansom continues superbly with number five, Heartstone. [London: Pan Books, 2011] As ever the author combines several apparently separate story lines within a gripping, sometimes terrifying ‘detective’ story against a convincingly authentic Tudor background.