In the mid sixteenth century the English queen requests that a London lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, to look into an old case involving the wardship of an orphaned brother and sister. Shardlake is hampered by a hunched back and a dogged desire to seek justice often landing him in trouble with powerful folks and putting his life in danger. Obviously there are no sophisticated forensic tools to use to help solve the mysteries and intrigues that Shardlake uncovers. Heartstone by C. J. Sansom can only depend on the skills of the lawyer to tell his tale. The backdrop to the novel centers around the end of King Henry VIII’s rule as England prepares for an invasion by France.
If you are looking for a fast-paced mystery novel then this may not be for you. Too bad for you as this is a wonderfully told story and worth reading.