Matthew Shardlake, Cromwell's man through his rise to the King's right-hand advisor, is sent to the monastery to clear things up. Solve the murder, get the monastery to sign off on its own death, and prepare the way for Henry's team of wreckers. It would seem an easy task to find, in this enclosed world, who had decapitated his predecessor. But the potential culprit is not apparent. Shardlake's assistant proves a surprise, as well. Complex, many-layered, deeply-researched, the human cost of one man's selfish desire for a different woman is illustrated with precision and pathos. A treat for any lover of Tudor-era historical fiction.
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