Vacation for me means novels. I love historical novels and so this one caught my eye. A new author, Sansom was a lawyer in London whose degree was in History. Dissolution is the first in a series of ‘Tudor’ detective novels. Set in 1537, during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer in the service of Thomas Cromwell – Henry VIII powerful Chancellor. The murder of a commissioner at a monastery prompts Cromwell to send Shardlake to investigate and to find enough evidence to close the monastery. Shardlake is a firm reformer and fully supports the dissolution of the corrupt monasteries and the eradication of catholicism in England.
The novel revolves around the investigation of Shardlake and how he gets the murderer. On the one hand this is a simple historical detective story but on the other hand, the book is an interesting presentation of the issues of the time and how Thomas Cromwell acted, the death of Anne Boleyn and whether the destruction of the monasteries were just – al of which was fascinating to read alongside the fiction. A fun and impressive first novel.