Disappointingly, I had worked out the culprit before the book’s end. However, Samson expertly leads the reader on page-after-page of red-herring suspense and misdirection in the historical murder mystery set at the start of the dissolution of the monasteries. It’s a good read, if not a little dry. The motive behind the murder very much requires disbelief to be suspended and is somewhat of a stretch. However, it’s entertaining enough, but not unputdownable. I read it gradually over two weeks and was easily distracted from it. I won’t be reading the rest of the series, as I actually found Shardlake, our sleuth, rather supercilious and just a bit pompous – usually there can be some endearing quality to these character attributes. Not for Shardlake in my opinion. He also has a tenancy of coming across a spot lascivious and not a little pathetic and desperate.
2.5 out of 5