Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom

Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom

Another wonderful effort by Sansom whose books seem to be as much about history as they are about the mysteries contained therein. These are not fast reads for me, bu the are fascinating glimpses of the Tudor period of Henry VIII. Here we have two separate storylines, as attorney Matthew Shardlake is defending a girl who refuses to talk. She is charged with the murder of her cousin and things look bleak when out of the blue he is granted a 12-day extension in the case. Why, because Thomas Cromwell need Shardlake to investigate and possibly find the existence of Dark Fire, a/k/a Greek Fire, which would keep Cromwell in Henry’s good graces. It is fascinating 12-day sprint to uncover the answers and in doing so some unsavory characters cross his path. He is aided by one of Cromwell’s guards, Jack Barak, who clashes with Shardlake and most of the attorneys and aristocrats the two encounter. While neither storyline intersect, these two men are able to resolve matters, even if in doing so lives are lost and some families are ruined.
Well researched and written, this is a book for those who love the mystery genre as a door to learning a whole lot about the history of the period.

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