‘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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It’s really well-done and was great fun to read.

Nicely paced too, with an n climax as the events unfold at the end. 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. Then comes an urgent appeal for help by a middle aged stonemason and his wife, whose son Adam has been cast into the Bedlam for falling to his knees and praying feverishly in public.

Moreover, now Barak acquired a partner in the feisty Tamasin. He came to prominence with his series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century, whose main character is the hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Crime fiction CJ Sansom reviews. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy, a religious maniac locked in the Bedlam hospital for the insane. Lists with This Book.


The political mystery involves a serial killer who is staging each murder to look like a scene from the book of Revelations–gruesome indeed. The year is and the hunchbacked lawyer and sometime detective Matthew Shardlake has sworn not to involve himself in any more sansomm of state after his last brush with the factions of King Henry’s court in Sovereign Just gevelation moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

As it draws closer to the dynamic climax the tension is nail-biting and compelling. His work brings him in contact with some history’s lesser-known people: 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 snasom.


Shardlake follows a trail of horrific murders that are igniting frenzied talk of witchcraft and demonic posession. They fear that their son will be harshly treated in the asylum, reveation may face death by burning if he attempts to leave.

In this novel, Shardlake takes on the revelatipn and politics of religion. A holocaust of mankind. And I always leave them feeling thoroughly satisfied with the way he’s tidied things up at the end. View all 3 comments. Henry VIII is slowly drifting back to the old ways, so the great reformers of the age, among them Cranmer, are scheming to hold on recelation the freedom to make others worship the way they want them to and to discredit any heretics who would allow Henry the opportunity to return the Revelaiton church to its Popish ways.

The sights, smells, sounds Open Preview See a Problem? This one and book two are both set in London and are my favourites of the four I have read so far. Yet another splendid ‘who done it’ read from C.

View all 6 comments. Even when Barak, revleation this one, is being abysmal at the job of new husband, these are an interesting, realistic, likeable lot and I was reading for the characters as much as anything.

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

However, the crime is not a simple one and brings him back into contact with those at the centre of power and the Court — Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Seymour and Edward Seymour, Earl of Jj. So Shardlake begins his investigation, and as he does, he realises that these grisly murders are linked, and have a pattern that brings a chill to his heart.

You feel drenched in Tudor culture. The chase is on, and Shardlake, with a familiar cast of characters, solves the mystery with hard work and intellect. They’re long, over pages, but they read quickly. Topics Fiction The Observer. As he swung back and forth people rose and fell from favour, some losing their heads in the process.

Meanwhile, a teenage boy, a religious maniac, has been placed in the Bedlam hos Spring, Sansom presents characters representing the diversity of religious though in mid sixteenth century England. Shardlake pledges to Dorothy that he will find Roger’s killer and bring him to justice. Guy Malton, Matthew takes on a case more dangerous than any he has taken on before. Unfortunately, Matthew’s peaceful existance is interrupted when his dear friend, Roger Elliard, is murdered in a most horrific and public way.


The killer believes he’s following a Biblical order to murder seven people to bring about the end times as foretold in Revelationbut the only victim we feel connected to is Shardlake’s good friend. London is portrayed as a city rife with religious tension. Why has the boy suddenly flipped? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The dialogue is, naturally enough, not of the time, but flavored with a sense of the time.

I am only afraid that soon I will run out of Shardlake novels to read. Not only do you have dramatic tension as they struggle to find a very clever killer, who knows so much about them, but there are political intrigues, personal conflicts and layers of stories in here.

I always enjoy Sansom’s books. In his fourth outing, hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake is up against a gruesome serial killer intent on bringing forth the prophecies of Revelation through a series of Biblical-inspired killings.

But this time the object of his affections is resisting. I think the book was somewhat bogged down by its length. I would have shaved it back a degree as it got in the way of the semi thrilling hunt for a killer or killers.

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But as with the other novels of this superb series, Matthew is also involved in a more human mystery–in this novel that of a young boy who inexplicably begins to rant and rave about salvation and has been locked away in bedlam for h own protection it’s dangerous to speak about religion at all because what is allowed changes as often as Henry changes his wives.

All the loose threads are carefully woven in, and the picture sansomm clear to the reader.

View all 4 comments. I also found that my brain placed the historical …more I agree with Richard.