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Sovereign

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The third in the series featuring Matthew Shardlake is equally compelling as the previous two.

It is autumn, 1541. A plot against the throne has been uncovered and Henry VIII has set off on a spectacular journey from London to York, along with a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, to quell his rebellious northern subjects. Awaiting his arrival are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his loyal assistant Jack Barak. In addition to processing petitions to the king, Shardlake’s task is to protect a dangerous conspirator until he is transported back to London for interrogation.

However, when a local glazier is murdered, things get a little more complicated, as the murder seems to be not only connected to Shardlake’s prisoner, but also to the royal family itself. Then Shardlake stumbles upon a cache of secret papers that throws into doubt the legitimacy of the entire royal line and a chain of events unfolds that threatens Shardlake with the most terrifying fate of the age: imprisonment in the Tower of London.

If you enjoy historical crime, this is one book you cannot afford to miss and, if you don’t know the first two, read those as well.

Available in paperback at 12.50 euros