This is the sixth adventure featuring Matthew Shardlake, the hunchbacked lawyer and unintentional investigator. It is 1546 and King Henry VIII is dying. His councillors wage a power struggle to determine who will control the government of his successor; heretics are being hunted down and burned at the stake. The Catholics decide to focus their attacks on Henry’s 6th wife, Queen Catherine Parr, who has written a radically protestant confessional book. When the book is stolen, she enlists the help of Shardlake to find it before it falls into the wrong hands. Fans of the Shardlake series will not be disappointed. Once again Sansom’s rich detail brings Tudor history to life and the plot is dark and twisty and full of intrigue. The labyrinthine world of court politics is filled with odious characters, and Shardlake treads a dangerous path between friend and foe.