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Lamentation by CJ Sansom – a new chapter for Shardlake

Sunday 2nd November 2014

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Despite his constant avowal not to get involved in court politics, CJ Sansom’s hunchbacked lawyer-turned-detective Matthew Shardlake once again finds himself caught up in another dangerous mission inLamentation, his sixth adventure, this time on behalf of Queen Catherine Parr.

The year is 1546, Henry VIII is dying and has begun edging the English church back towards Rome. Radical Protestants are spied on, tortured and burned for heresy, and in this climate of fear, the queen has written a dangerously Protestant confessional book which has now been stolen, and could be used to destroy her. By the time Shardlake takes up the search, one man has already died for the book, and another swiftly follows...

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