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Shardlake set's off (but quite slowly),
This review is from: Dissolution (The Shardlake Series) (Paperback)
Dissolution is the first book in historical novelist C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series. This book is a medieval whodunnit, set in the reign of Henry VIII shortly after the beheading of Anne Boleyn and during the collapse of the traditional Catholic Church in England. Shardlake is set the task of uncovering the murderer of a fellow government official at Scarnsea Monastery.
This story is very well written by Sansom and it's not at all difficult to read, therefore it's quite enjoyable. However, some aspects of the book are very predictable and Matthew Shardlake is not the most likeable lead character i've ever come across. Dissolution is also incredibly frustrating as it seems to take Shardlake a great deal longer than the reader to work some puzzles out.
On the whole, this book is an interesting read - but it's by no means fantastic. I still feel it will be worth trying the next book in the series, as this is after all Sansom's first novel.