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Tombland    by C. J. Sansom order for
by C. J. Sansom
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Mulholland, 2018 (2018)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Tombland is another excellent historical mystery from C. J. Sansom, author of Winter in Madrid, Dissolution, Dark Fire, and Sovereign (the latter three all starring greying barrister Matthew Shardlake, as does Tombland).

As this story opens in spring 1549, Henry VIII is two years dead and Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector for young Edward VI. Seymour's war with Scotland is a disaster and rebellion is stirring. Shardlake has been working in the service of the Lady Elizabeth, who is now concerned about the murder of the wife of her distant relative, John Boleyn (there could be political fallout for the young Princess).

So Matthew and his assistant, Nicholas Overton, journey to the summer assizes at Norwich, where they work with Shardlake's former assistant, Jack Barak. More murders follow and the trio are caught up in an uprising, with which Shardlake has more sympathy than he can afford to show. This excellent entry in a distinguished historical series is highly recommended.

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