Henry VIII has ordered the dissolution of the monasteries and England is full of informers. At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control with the murder of Commissioner Robin Singleton. Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer, and his assistant are sent to investigate.
Dissolution is the first in a series of utterly brilliant murder mysteries set during the reign of Henry VIII. The story begins in 1537, a time just before the dissolution of the English monasteries. Anne Boleyn has lost her head, and the country is in turmoil. Matthew Shardlake, a young hunchbacked lawyer, is sent to deal with the murder of a royal commissioner within a Sussex monastery. A black cockerel has been sacrificed on the altar, and the monastery’s famous relic has been stolen. Matthew must unravel one of the most intricate and dangerous mysteries of his short career. I can’t recommend this series enough to anyone who loves historical crime fiction – it's a humdinger.