A while since my last book review because this one's over 600 pages, the fourth of CJ Sansom's "Shardlake" books. We're nearing the end of Henry VIII's reign and he's wooing Catherine Parr (aka "Survived," although obviously she didn't know that at the time, hence the reticence to accept his proposal.) Meanwhile the hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake's latest mystery involves a serial killer, something the Tudors have never heard of and so assume demonic posession is to blame. I'm not sure I agree with aka_kelly
that this is the best book in the series (I got slightly more into Sovereign
) but it's definitely up there, with several ongoing plotlines that mean the book's length feels justified. One subplot involves the Bedlam asylum and it's interesting how Sansom takes a different view of the place than the traditional image of people pointing and laughing at the insane (in an afterword he says there's no evidence of this happening until Stuart times.) The mystery itself is pretty involving and the characters are well-developed so all in all it's worth a read. There doesn't seem to be news of a fifth book yet, if there is one I wonder if we'll have a jump forward to after Henry's death - with the ongoing theme of the religious turbulence and presecution of the times, I can't imagine Sansom doesn't want to deal with Bloody Mary.