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Lamentation
Lamentation | C.J. Sansom
As Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court apart. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry's sixth wife--and Matthew Shardlake's old mentor--Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake, still haunted by his narrow escape from death the year before, steps into action when the beleaguered and desperate Queen summons him to Whitehall Palace to help her recover a dangerous manuscript. The Queen has authored a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King's attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. Although the secret book was kept hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has inexplicably vanished. Only one page has been recovered--clutched in the hand of a murdered London printer. Shardlake's investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London, but leads him and his trusty assistant Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of court politics, a world Shardlake swore never to enter again. In this crucible of power and ambition, Protestant friends can be as dangerous as Catholic enemies, and those with shifting allegiances can be the most dangerous of all.
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andrew61
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I weigh my holidays on the number of books read so this 700 page monster which as 6th in the wonderful shardlake series has been sat on my shelf for a while due to its size + guess what I finished it really quickly as i was totally thrown back into his tudor world. Here Catherine parr asks for the lawyers help to find a piece of writing on religion that could have her head. Brilliant research about the period adds to the joy of these books.

Crazeedi I do have to get back to this series! I think I'm on book 3 or 4 . This one looks good! 4mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a great picture 👍🏻 4mo
Melissa_J I just started this series this year, although I‘ve had a copy of Dissolution since it was published. I shouldn‘t have waited so long! I now own all but the latest book, and plan to read book two very soon. 4mo
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andrew61 @Crazeedi yes i left this one a while but now fancy reading the latest soon. 4mo
andrew61 @Melissa_J i look forward to seeing your reviews. 4mo
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SaraFair
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Three historicals from Ollie‘s! Total of $8 and right up my alley.

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Andrew65
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Week 3/52 2019- #BookStats
3 Books Finished, 1752 Pages

Books Read 14/200
Pages Read 6252/85000
#Chunksters 2/25 (2 this week)
#CenturyOfBooks 12/100 (1 this week)
#LitsyAtoZ 5/26 (1 this week)
#SeriesUpToDate 1/25
#SeriesCompleted 1/15 (1 this week)

Buddy / Group Reads Completed : 6 (2 this week)

Texreader Nice stats!! 10mo
Karkar Great numbers! 10mo
Crazeedi Oh boy, I need to continue the Shardlake series soon!! 10mo
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Andrew65 @Texreader @Karkar Thanks 😊, another good eeek. 10mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Yes it is a great series. 10mo
Texreader @Crazeedi It‘s so good isn‘t it? A new book in the series is out this month!! 10mo
Crazeedi @Texreader yes but I'm way behind in it😠 10mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Great totals! 10mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Thanks 👍 10mo
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EadieB
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Summer of 1546 and King Henry VIII is dying. The Queen's manuscript is missing and the King has not seen it yet and would consider it to be heresy. Matthew Shardlake is hired to help her find it. This is my favorite historical mystery series and should not be missed. Excellent plots and unique characters makes for a series that is truly a literary masterpiece.

#lamentation #cjsamson

Daisey I love this series too! 11mo
Andrew65 Great review. 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 11mo
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Tove_Reads
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I think we know surprisingly many things only one third into the book. I am not surprised that the burning is a main theme! A lot of beheadings ahead. What do you think Bealknap was talking about? Did you feel sorry for him? What did you think about the citizen‘s arrest? And what about the book? Why hasn‘t it been used? How many people will die in this book... @EadieB @Andrew65 @TiredLibrarian

EadieB @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 I think Belknap knew Shardlake is in love with the queen and wanted to see what Henry would do about that! I think whoever took the book is waiting for an opportune time to show it to Henry. (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads Books are dangerous! Readers are dangerous 😂 Women who write are dangerous! @EadieB @Andrew65 @TiredLibrarian 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads This particular woman was very stupid. Fancy writing that. Very different side shown of Shardlake die to loving the Queen. Is she his Achilles heel? The Queen is making Shardlake risk all, but not just putting himself at risk. Guy seems to be on to what Shardlake is risking! @TiredLibrarian @EadieB 11mo
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Tove_Reads Richard Rich - such a charmer... I‘m loving this book! @Andrew65 @EadieB @TiredLibrarian 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB @Andrew65 Already excited about the last bit tomorrow! Btw, I‘m 9 in line for Tombland. There are 3 copies at the library atm. 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I have Tombland on hold but no books have arrived at the library yet. @Andrew65 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB ☹️ I placed a hold immediately when I realized there was a new one. I was number 21 then. 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads I‘m probably top of the list as I usually am with new books. Not too many people but a hold on new books. The hold list gets longer after the books come in. 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB Same here. Was the first one to get Becoming here, now there are a few thousand waiting. Somehow I missed the release of Tombland. I‘m getting sloppy! 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads Tombland is not published in US until January 29, 2019 so I should get it in February sometime. @Andrew65 11mo
Tove_Reads @EadieB That should work out perfectly then! I‘ll probably get mine in Feb/March. They have at least one new copy coming in. 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads great! 11mo
Andrew65 Looking at the number of holds for Tombland like to be late February / early March at least before I get it unless I go solo audiobook route. @EadieB @Tove_Reads 11mo
Andrew65 I‘ve now finished the book. Not going to say what, but boy be ready for this ending! Powerful !!!! You certainly won‘t forget it. I listened twice to those last few chapters. @EadieB @Tove_Reads 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 We can decide when we find out for sure when we can all get a copy. @Tove_Reads 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Richard Rich, he‘s like the pantomime villain we love to hate! Love how he changes sides to suit his motives. @EadieB 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m getting very close to the end. @Tove_Reads 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 He is definitely a character to watch. @Tove_Reads 11mo
Tove_Reads Loved it! My fave in the series, albeit brutal and heartbreaking. @EadieB @Andrew65 (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads Didn‘t you feel sorry for Shardlake? Then again, I guess you know that it won‘t end well if you fall in love with the queen. @EadieB @Andrew65 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads Falling in love with Queen was a big mistake. @Andrew65 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB And who paid the price, Barak! 😱😥 @Tove_Reads 11mo
Tove_Reads @andrew65 I somehow always felt sorry for him. He suffers, no matter what. Sometimes he can blame himself, but mostly others. 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I felt so sorry for Tamasin and especially for Barak! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Amazed he did that to such a central character. I wonder if originally he planned to end the series with the death of Henry. @Tove_Reads 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I‘m wondering how much further he going to go in the history. @Tove_Reads 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Here‘s a comment from Sansom‘s FB page: Delighted to finish Tombland. I have waited a long time to write about little-known English peasant rebellions of 1549 in which more rebels killed than the 1381 Peasant‘s Revolt, and Kett‘s rebellion in Norfolk was the largest. Book long time in making because of lots of research and delays thru health problems. It‘s a murder mystery with ramifications in and out the rebel camp. 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Thanks for this. 😊 11mo
Tove_Reads Can‘t wait to read it! @EadieB @Andrew65 11mo
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So, how is everyone liking it? What about her book - Lamentation? Thoughts? Who took it and why? To create a scandal? To show it to the King? To gain something from her? Do you think the burning has a bigger meaning throughout the book?

EadieB @tove_reads @andrew65 I‘m liking it better than the last book. Catherine Parr is in trouble. Don‘t know who took her book but King Henry is not going to be happy! @TiredLibrarian (edited) 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB How stupid was Catherine Parr! It‘s not as if Henry didn‘t have form for uxoricide! @Tove_Reads @TiredLibrarian I wonder why if someone took it why they are not using it! (edited) 11mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 Why would she write a book about religion which was a very hot topic at that time. TSTL! (To stupid to live)! @Tove_Reads @TiredLibrarian 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Uxoricide - Nice word! Never heard it before! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB I knew there was a word for killing your wife (wives in this case) but couldn‘t remember it. Had to resort to Google! Pays to stretch our vocabulary. 😂 Totally TSTL! @Tove_Reads @TiredLibrarian 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 There‘s all kind of words: Matricide w killing h, parricide for parents, prolicide for offspring, sororicide for sister. 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes some great -icide words! (edited) 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I love learning new words! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Don‘t think we‘d be readers if we didn‘t. 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That‘s true! 11mo
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Andrew65
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Starting the Buddy Read of Lamentation ready for tomorrow. At 768 pages and work it will take me more than 5 days to get through. Reading this with @EadieB @Tove_Reads @TiredLibrarian
Others welcome to join us.
This is book 6 in the excellent Shardlake Series by C J Sansom, set during Henry VIII‘s reign.

Tove_Reads I have two chapters left of Here Be Dragons, then I‘ll move on to Lamentation. 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes. Brain dead moment and forgotten the exact handle. Age! 😂 So I had to post it, check the handle and then add it. Sorry @TiredLibrarian 😔 11mo
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Tove_Reads Happens 😂😂 11mo
Tove_Reads I have once I realized that I don‘t even need to know the people behind all names. Maybe a bit too much betrayal and fixed marriages for my taste. 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Very symptomatic for the times it was set in. 11mo
Tove_Reads Indeed, but it was a bit repetitive. 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Playing your secretary today: on LT you need to change the book for 17th to 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Well spotted, a month out of sync! 😂 Thanks 😊 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 you‘re welcome! 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB When my PA is next off sick I‘ll give you a call! 😊 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I might not be able to get there on time. I live a little far. 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Well you‘re just going to have to move 😂 I drove through New York yesterday, and just been to Washington where my son lives, could be great settlements for you. Home from home, just in Tyne and Wear not the US! 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Ok I‘ll check it out! 11mo
Tove_Reads How is it so far? 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Enjoying the book so far, halfway through Monday‘s section. It is always great quality writing, and as usual a bit of a slow burner in the book but C J Sansom always gives you plenty of time to get into the time period and the characters. Looks like Richard Rich is going to figure prominently again. A villain to love to hate. Shardlake and the Queen need to watch their back with him after the last book. @EadieB (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads Haven‘t gotten very far, but liking it! Henry‘s time is up and anything can happen! 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads A sad ending to his time as King! 11mo
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Tove_Reads
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Buddy read starting Monday! @TiredLibrarian @EadieB @Andrew65

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Andrew65
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My #NewestBook is Lamentation, book 6 of the Shardlake Series which I bought an audiobook version of today and picked up the physical book from the library today so I can mix and match in the Buddy Read with @Tove_Reads And @EadieB
We will be doing this starting on 14th January - others are free to join us.
#ANewChapter

Tove_Reads @TiredLibrarian will join us as well! 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yey! 😁 @TiredLibrarian (edited) 11mo
Tove_Reads Also - #subjectofthemonth - historical fiction 🙂 11mo
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Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Yes it is one of my books for #SubjectOfTheMonth 11mo
EadieB @Andrew65 my audio is waiting at the library for me to pick it up. 11mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😊 11mo
TrishB Hubby just brought me the new one of these- not realising I‘ve only actually read number 1! Which means I have to get 2-6 now! 11mo
Andrew65 @TrishB 😂 There are some good reads in there. 11mo
TiredLibrarian @Tove_Reads Yes, I'm in! It's been a while since I read #5 so I might need to review that first. 📚📖😊 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚 11mo
vkois88 Books about Henry VIII and I didn't know they existed???? That alone has me sold. Adding the series to my TBR 11mo
Tove_Reads Did we set a date for Whiteout? 11mo
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads I‘ve got it down for after Maeve Binchy on 25th. 11mo
Andrew65 @vkois88 This is an excellent series which only gets better. 11mo
EadieB @Tove_Reads @Andrew65 Andrew‘s right it‘s scheduled for the 14th. 11mo
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Bookworm54
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I was lent two of C.J.Sansom‘s books by my Uncle, Dissolution and Lamentation. These are of the same series, but have several books in between. However I didn‘t feel like this book lost anything with me not having read the others in the series. Events of importance were noted briefly in the main story, and was easy to follow despite having only met the main character previously.

This was a slow burner, but picked up quickly and was enjoyable!

Daisey I love this series, and the fact that the books can be read individually is one of the things I appreciate about it. 12mo
Bookworm54 @Daisey exactly! I‘m sure they are even better in order, but it is nice to be able to just dip in and out of a series and still be able to follow and enjoy the story :) 12mo
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Libby1
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#OctoberLibrary17
#Brown
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Beautiful brown covers from the Shardlake series. The cover of Lamentation depicts an old wooden door and Dark Fire‘s cover looks like an old manuscript.

I‘ve posted about this series before but I just love it.

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Oblomov26
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I am now up to date with the Shardlake series. Lamentation is set in the period of Henry VIII‘s, last days as his health fails and his paranoia reaches new heights. Shardlake is tasked by the Queen to recover “The Lamentations of a Sinner” a book she authored and which has been stolen and could change the balance between the radicals and conservatives. This story is good involving less successful detection and more historical palace politics

Dragon Sounds good, I'm still a bit behind in the series. 2y
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RachelAmphlett
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A brutal start to this one, but it's SO good to finally catch up with this latest book from CJ Sansom!

#history #tudor #greatreads

Suetara I love this series! 3y
RachelAmphlett @Suetara I can't wait to see what he writes next - I love his descriptions. You really feel like you're there, don't you? 3y
Suetara Yes! He really seems to do his research, and also tells compelling stories: the best combination. 3y
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RachelAmphlett
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Love this series, and have been meaning to buy this for a while now...

#TBR #historicalfiction #booklove

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AnneCecilie
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#Shelfie showing authors I ❤️ (because it's impossible to choose just one): J. K. Rowling, C. J. Sansom and Zadie Smith #riotgames #17booklove

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Texreader
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This book is about a book written by the queen whose subject matter could disrupt the nation if published, so great means are undertaken to find the book with lives lost and at stake over it. This is as close to a #bookwithinabook I could find. #readjanuary

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Daisey
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I love this series of historical mysteries about a hunchback lawyer investigating cases in Tudor England. This one takes place during 1546 at the end of the reign of King Henry VIII and deals specifically with Queen Catherine Parr and the religious turmoil of the time. Sansom's descriptions of London in the 1540s are fantastic and the characters intriguing.

#historicalfiction #ReadHarder

Texreader Yay! Great review of a great book!!! 3y
Daisey @Texreader This is definitely not a new favorite in the series; I thought it dragged a bit in the second half between some big events. I wasn't thrilled with Shardlake being a bit at odds with 2 other favorites (Guy and Barak), but the future plans in the epilogue have me completely ready for another!! 3y
Texreader I agree. It wasn't my fave either. But I love Sansom and Shardlake! He needs to hurry up with the next book. 3y
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Daisey
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Book Riot 2016 #ReadHarder challenge is complete!! 📚

Link to Goodreads post with specifics: https://goo.gl/vEdp3b

Texreader Congratulations!! 3y
LectricSheep 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
Suzze Nice! 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼I find that challenge too restricting for me. But I love seeing what everyone reads for it. 3y
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Soubhiville Nice job!! Congrats! 3y
ScientistSam 👏👏👏🎉 3y
DebinHawaii Congratulations! Great job!! 🎉📚👍 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations! 3y
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
Daisey @Suzze I have really enjoyed the challenge and how it has expanded my reading the last couple of years. However, next year's list looks even more specific and I'm not quite sure about putting that much effort into finding each book and having time for the other challenges and random reading I want to do throughout the year. 3y
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Daisey
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Enjoying a bit of quiet by the tree with my book and cup of tea!

#SeasonsReadings2016 #hotdrinkandabook

Texreader So which has been your favorite Shardlake book? 3y
Daisey @Texreader I'm not sure; it's been a while since I started reading them and I might have to go back and look through them to choose. I started with Dark Fire so that's the one that immediately comes to mind, and I remember being completely wrapped up in Dissolution as well. I think I liked the first couple the best, just because the world the author created was new to me. 3y
Texreader @Daisey My feelings too. Very hard to say but I think Dissolution was mine too. I have two coworkers reading the series now! Yay! 3y
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Daisey
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New batteries in my book light tonight because most of the books left to read for this year are actual print copies instead of the ebooks I normally read before bed.

I'm also really enjoying being back in this historical setting that Sansom describes so clearly, but there are so many questions running through my head about what is going on!

#historicalfiction #ReadHarder

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Daisey
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I'm finally getting started on the next book in this historical mystery series. It's also one of the last two books on my list for this year's Read Harder challenge!

#ReadHarder #historicalfiction

Libby1 I love this series. 3y
Texreader You know how much I love this series! Enjoy!! 3y
Daisey @Libby1 It's so good to find others that like these because until Litsy I didn't know anyone who had read them! 😀 @Texreader Only a few chapters and I'm already glad to be back in this story! 3y
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Jinjer OMG what is that cookie?? I see chocolate and M&Ms!!!!!😳 3y
Daisey @Jinjer It's actually more like candy, incredibly easy and delicious! Saltines in a layer of crunchy caramel toffee covered with a layer of chocolate. I sprinkle mini M&Ms on top to make it festive and have also made variations by switching out the saltines for graham crackers or pretzels. https://smittenkitchen.com/2009/04/chocolate-caramel-crackers/ 3y
Jinjer OMG yum! 3y
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Dianna
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I'm looking forward to getting lost in the past this morning.

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Texreader
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The hunchback lawyer/detective set in Tudor England is simply the #bestnarrator. Matthew Shardlake is introspective (helped by his handicapped condition) and so very thoughtful about the times he lives in. He is forever changing his perspective based on new worldly developments. We desperately need someone like him nowadays. #octphotochallenge

Dragon So true, good choice 😀 3y
Texreader @Dragon Thanks! I love how he admits when he's judged someone wrong and keeps altering his opinions. It's like having him as a real friend who is dealing with daily dilemmas. 3y
Dragon I like seeing Cromwell through his eyes 👀 3y
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Texreader @Dragon oh I know! Me too!! 3y
LeahBergen I have the first one on my TBR mountain. 3y
Texreader @LeahBergen yay!! If you remember tell me how you like it. 3y
MamaGina Love him too, a man of character and dignity ... Heartstone is the next one I need to read🤓 3y
Texreader @MamaGina Heartstone is one of my favorites. Enjoy!! 3y
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Any of us may come to this now.

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