The clever plotting and brilliantly evoked world of Heartstone—the
fifth Matthew Shardlake mystery from bestselling author C. J. Sansom—will
dazzle both mystery fans and Tudor history buffs.
Summer, 1545. England is at war, and Matthew Shardlake is
about to encounter the most politically dangerous case of his career. While a
massive French fleet prepares to attack, every able-bodied man is being pressed
into military service. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr asks
Shardlake to investigate claims of “monstrous wrongs” committed against a young
ward of the court. Shardlake’s inquiries take him and his loyal assistant, Jack
Barak, to Hoyland Priory and Portsmouth, where the English fleet is gathering.
There they uncover a startling link between the ward and a woman incarcerated
With a fantastic backdrop of wartime intrigue and a dramatic finale
onboard one of Henry VIII’s great warships, Heartstone is certain to
catapult this internationally bestselling series to greater prominence.
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