‘Revelation’ by C.J. Sansom

Thrilling, fascinating, bloody…

Of course, if you don’t like the genre, this can easily be discarded as ‘low brow’ literature because, at the end of the day,  it is nothing more than a whodunnit. But what an entertaining one! And if you like English history, as I do, then you can be sure you will not put it down till the very end.

It is the fouth book in the Shardlake series and, since Monsieur Poirot, I don’t think we have had a more likeable sleuth. Perhaps even more than Christie’s creation, because Brother Shardlake is a sort of  ‘normal’ bloke.  He is not meant to be a detective at all, but one of the barristers of the prestigious Lincoln’s Inn Court at the time of Henry VIII who, as any people circulating in the fringes of the power at the time, sees himself entangled in its threads of treason, falsehood, religious fanaticism  and  power struggle.

Sansom, C.J. (2008) Revelation. Basingstoke: Macmillan.