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Book review: Heresy 
21st-Aug-2012 05:00 pm
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With no new Shardlake book on the horizon from C.J. Sansom, I decided something in the same genre might be a good stop-gap, and when S.J. Parris' first book, obviously marketed to readers of Sansom, was offered on discount for the Kindle I decided it might be worth a look. Following an excommunicated Italian former monk in Elizabethan Oxford, where the fellows of a college start dropping like flies in the style of well-known martyrs, Heresy is a decent enough historical murder mystery. Fun, and it kept me interested to the end, but marred for me both by the fact that I've read the "murders staged to look like the martyrdom of saints" hook before - and I'm not even a huge reader of murder mystery - and that Parris' evocation of Tudor times doesn't feel anywhere near as evocative as Sansom's.
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