by C. J. Sansom
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Heartsone of CJNo name of the fifth bewitching mystery mystery in Shardlake of the seriesSummer, 1545England is at warHenry VIII’s invasion of France really turned out badly, and a huge French fleet is preparing to sail through the Canal.As the English fleet, gathers in Portsmouth, the country raises the largest of the militia of the army, it has never seenThe King has depreciated currency to pay for the war, and England is under the influence of rising inflation and economic crisisMeanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given a legal intriguing case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr.Responsible for investigating allegations of “monstrous crimes committed against a young man from the parish court, who has already participated in a mysterious death, Shardlake, and his assistant, Barak travels to Portsmouth.Once there, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in a city that is becoming a war zone; and Shardlake also takes the opportunity to investigate the mysterious past of Ellen Fettiplace, a young woman imprisoned in Chaos.The emergence of mysteries around the young people of the parish, and the events that destroyed Ellen’s family nineteen years earlier, involved Shardlake in the reunion with an old friend and former enemy near the throne.Events will converge aboard one of the Great War King, ready for battle in Portsmouth harbour
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