Goodreads Monday: Dissolution

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme where we randomly select a book from our Goodreads To Be Read list and share it with the world. It’s been hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners, but I’m not sure if that blog is active anymore. Please enjoy this preview of what I want to read in the future!


Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake #1)
by C.J. Sansom
Historical Fiction/Mystery
456 pages
First published April 2003, by Pan

From Goodreads: It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: dissolution.

But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell’s Commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege.

Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes…


The Matthew Shardlake series combines multiple things that I enjoy: historical fiction, mystery, and Tudor history. And I’ve heard great things about this series from multiple sources, so I want to get to this one soon. Maybe this winter.

8 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: Dissolution

  1. These books have been on my TBR for years! I actually picked up the first 2 books in the series at a library sale a few years back, and almost put them in my give-away pile recently –but a friend intervened and said she was sure I’d love them if I read them. 🙂 So, one of these days. Maybe you’ll read Dissolution first and inspire me to do the same!

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