It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keeping a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king’s chief minister – and a new assignment…
The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother brutally murdered – the formula has disappeared. Now, Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client’s innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems…
C. J. Sansom - Revelation
Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, before his terrifying religious mania leads to him being burned as a heretic. When an old friend is horrifically murdered Shardlake vows to bring the killer to justice. His search leads him to Cranmer and Catherine Parr - and to the dark prophecies of the "Book of Revelation". As London's Bishop Bonner prepares a purge of Protestants Shardlake, together with his assistant, Jack Barak, and his friend Guy Malton, investigate a series of horrific murders which are already bringing frenzied talk of witchcraft and demonic possession - for what else would the Tudor mind make of a serial killer...?
C. J. Sansom - Sovereign
It is autumn, 1541. Following the uncovering of a plot against his throne in Yorkshire, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to overawe his rebellious subjects there. Accompanied by a thousand soldiers, the cream of the nobility, and his fifth wife Catherine Howard, the King is to attend an extravagant submission of the local gentry at York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission - to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. As the Great Progress arrives in the city, Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers that holds danger for the King's throne, and a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age.
Philippa Gregory - The Queen's Fool
Into the treacherous Tudor court cornes Hannah. Becoming entangled in the schemes ofhandsome traitor Robert Dudley, she is sent as a Holy Fool to spy on Princess Mary. She finds a woman driven by a fatal desire to turn her people back to the true faith - while her sister Eliz.abpth waits to take advantage of any mistake she makes. Caught in the savage rivalry between the daughters ofHenry VIII, tom by her infatuation with Dudley and duty to her family, thrilled by her own strange gifts but scared ofthe unknown, Hannah must find a safe way through tumultuous times - when the wrong religion is a death sentence, science and rnagic are one, and true love can destroy you...
Philippa Gregory - The White Queen
The first in historical novelist Philippa Gregory's latest series The Cousins' War, The White Queen plunges the reader into the late medieval England of the Wars of the Roses. It tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the beautiful, ambitious wife of Yorkist king Edward and mother of the two princes whose deaths in the Tower of London have never really been explained. This is historical fiction as pure entertainment and none the worse for it: Gregory draws heavily on Woodville's reputation as a witch and the family myth that she cast an enchantment over Edward. Despite all the hocus-pocus, though, Gregory also keeps her reader glued with well-researched accounts of courtly intrigue and the sense that in this period, suspicion and brutal death were everywhere. There are tacky moments, such as when Elizabeth foresees Richard, who becomes the ill-fated King Richard III, dying in accordance with the lines in Shakespeare's play but this is, nonetheless, rollicking, page-turning stuff.
Mary Hooper - Fallen Grace
Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant's body in a rich lady's coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby that died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper's grave. Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Unwin and James Solent. These two characters will have a profound affect upon Grace's life. But Grace doesn't know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune. This is a stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions of the deprivation that the truly poor suffered, to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich, all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot as Grace races to unravel the fraud that is about to be perpetrated against her and her sister.
C. J. Sansom - Sötét tűz
A scarnsea-i monostorban történt vérfagyasztó események óta Matthew Shardlake csendesen él Londonban, ügyvédi praxisát építi, és igyekszik távol tartani magát a politikától. Ám amikor elvállalja egy fiatal lány védelmét, ismét kapcsolatba kerül egykori pártfogójával, Thomas Cromwellel – és új megbízást kap… A Vagyonügyi Bíróság egyik hivatalnoka Londonban rálelt a legendás görögtűz elveszettnek hitt képletére. Cromwell Shardlake-et küldi el, hogy szerezze meg, de a hivatalnokot és alkimista testvérét meggyilkolják, a képletnek pedig nyoma vész – tizenkét nappal a király számára tervezett görögtűz-bemutató előtt.
C. J. Sansom - Kard által
1537, Anglia. A gyökeres átalakulás, legnagyobb változások időszaka a szigetországban 1066 óta. VIII. Henrik az egyház legfőbb fejének nyilvánította magát, az ország pedig kegyetlen új törvényekre és manipulált perekre ébred. Thomas Cromwell különleges megbízottakat küld szét az országba, hogy vizsgálódjanak a kolostorokban. Ám a sussexi partvidéken, Scarnsea monostorában Cromwell megbízottját, Robin Singletont holtan találják: valaki levágta a fejét. A gyilkosságot szentségtörő események kísérik – feláldoznak egy fekete kakast a templom oltárán, és eltűnik Scarnsea kolostorának híres ereklyéje. Cromwell Matthew Shardlake-et, a jogászt küldi az árulás és a halál légkörébe, hogy kiderítse: kik állnak a sötét események mögött. Shardlake-et nyomozása arra kényszeríti, hogy mindent megkérdőjelezzen, amit megtud, sőt még és azt is, amiben igazán hisz… „A történelmi regények szerelmesei nem fognak csalódni Sansomban.” Booklist „C. J. Sansom a Kard általlal biztosította a helyét a legjobb történelmikrimi-írók sorában.” P. D. James „Ravasz cselekményvezetésével és sötét, atmoszférikus prózájával Sansom egyike a legígéretesebb krimiszerzőknek.” Publishers Weekly
C. J. Sansom - Az uralkodó
1541 ősz. Mérföldnyi hosszú menet halad York felé. VIII. Henrik király egy, a trónja megdöntésére irányuló összeesküvés leleplezése után pompázatos körutat szervez északra, hogy lenyűgözze lázadó alattvalóit. Ezer katona, a nemesség krémje és ötödik felesége kíséretében a király fogadja a yorki előkelőségek látványos behódolását. Cranmer érsek megbízásából Matthew Shardlake is Yorkba utazik. A jogi munka mellett Shardlake vonakodva, de elvállalja egy fontos, de veszélyes összeesküvő Londonba szállítását. Egy yorki üveges mester halála után azonban egyre átláthatatlanabb rejtélyekbe keveredik, amelyek nem csak a yorki vár foglyával, de magával a királyi családdal is összefüggnek. Amikor a hatalmas menet megérkezik a városba, Shardlake titkos dokumentumokba botlik, amelyek napvilágra kerülése megrendítheti a Tudor trónt …
C. J. Sansom - Apokalipszis
1543 tavasza. VIII. Henrik király Parr Katalinnak udvarol, akit hatodik feleségének szemelt ki. Az udvarlás fejleményeit Cranmer érsek és az udvar szorult helyzetben lévő protestáns frakciója árgus szemmel követi, mivel a lady a reformok iránti szimpátiájáról ismert. Eközben Matthew Shardlake egy tizenéves fiú ügyén dolgozik, akit a Bedlambe, az őrültek házába zártak attól tartva, hogy ijesztő vallásos mániája miatt eretnekség vádjával máglyára kerülhet. Amikor régi barátját szörnyűségesen meggyilkolják, Shardlake ígéretet tesz özvegyének, hogy a gyilkost az igazságszolgáltatás kezére juttatja. Amint Shardlake asszisztensével, Jack Barakkal, és orvos barátjával, Guy Maltonnal nyomozni kezd, kutatása Cranmerhez és Parr Katalinhoz vezet - és a Jelenések könyve sötét próféciáihoz. Hamarosan egy sor borzalmas gyilkosságra derít fényt, amelyek boszorkányság és ördögi megszállottság gyanúját vetik fel - mert mi másként lenne képes a Tudor-korabeli elme egy sorozatgyilkosra tekinteni?
Michael White - The Borgia Ring
When a blackened skeleton is unearthed on a building site in the City of London, no one can have the slightest idea of its extraordinary link to a plot to assassinate the Queen of Englandover 500 years ago. But there is one very conspicuous clue. On the index finger of the body's right hand is a gold ring topped with a brilliant, round emerald. DCI Jack Pendragon has just transferred from Oxford to Brick Lane Police Station - in part to escape his own past. Immediately, he finds himself investigating three particularly gruesome murders. And he will need all the experience he has acquired from two decades on the force to track down a killer for whom an eerie obsession has become total madness. A killer who draws his murderous inspiration from a Renaissance family whose power and cruelty remain a living legend.
Peter May - Entry Island
When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubertairfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey aheadrepresents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret thathas come to characterise his life in the city.Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies inthe Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, ENTRY ISLAND ishome to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has justbeen discovered murdered in his home.The investigation itself appears little more than a formality.
C. J. Sansom - Lamentation
Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr. Shardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Mary Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will case, a savage dispute between rival siblings. Then, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his old patron, the now beleaguered and desperate Queen. For Catherine Parr has a secret. She has written 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. But, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen's private chamber, it has - inexplicably - vanished. Only one page has been found, 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 Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of the politics of the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter again. Loyalty to the Queen will drive him into a swirl of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholic enemies and Protestant friends can be equally dangerous, and the political opportunists, who will follow the wind wherever it blows, more dangerous than either. The theft of Queen Catherine's book proves to be connected to the terrible death of Anne Askew, while his involvement with the Cotterstoke litigants threatens to bring Shardlake himself to the stake.
Philip Pullman - The Ruby in the Smoke
Sally Lockhart's father was an unconventional man. When he dies suddenly on a voyage to the Far East, Sally receives a mysterious letter containing a strange warning. Soon Sally finds herself at the heart of a deep and dangerous mystery, one she is determined to solve at all costs.
Philippa Gregory - The Other Boleyn Girl
Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she is a girl of just fourteen. But her joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in her family's plots. When the capricious king's interest warnes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary must resign herself to being the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away - before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls... (Harper, 2011)
William Ritter - Jackaby
Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s original, engrossing, and tremendously fun debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent female assistant. It is 1892, and young Abigail Rook arrives in New Fiddleham, New England, with nothing but a suitcase and a handful of coins in her pocket. In a tavern, she meets the compelling and confounding R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary – including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail’s gift for noticing ordinary but important details makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. Hardly has she been hired when she finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: a serial killer is on the loose in New Fiddleham. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain the foul deeds are the work of a nonhuman creature. Only handsome young detective Charlie Cane is willing to help Jackaby and Abigail, though his motives for taking such a risk are unclear. Set amidst the excitement, innovation, and mysticism of the late 19th century, Jackaby blends a classic detective story with cheeky humor and a fun touch of the macabre.
C. J. Sansom - A bosszú nyilai
A bosszú nyilai C. J. Sansom világszerte népszerű Matthew Shardlake-sorozatának az ötödik része. 1545-ben járunk, a franciák hadiflottája az invázió rémével fenyegeti Angliát. A királynő, Parr Katalin Shardlake-et, a púpos ügyvédet kéri meg, hogy járjon utána egy öreg szolgálója ügyének, akinek a fia öngyilkosságot követett el. Shardlake hamarosan egy rendkívül szövevényes ügy közepén találja magát, és mialatt az igazságot próbálja kideríteni, az élete is veszélybe kerül. A szálak messzire vezetnek, a politika legmélyebb bugyraiba, a bűntények felderítésének pedig nagyobb a tétje, mint azt gondolta volna.
Andrew Taylor - Bleeding Heart Square
'If Philippa Penhow hadn't gone to Bleeding Heart Square on that January day, you and perhaps everyone else might have lived happily ever after...' It's 1934, and the decaying London cul-de-sac of Bleeding Heart Square is an unlikely place of refuge for aristocratic Lydia Langstone. But as she flees her abusive marriage there is only one person she can turn to - the genteelly derelict Captain Ingleby-Lewis, currently lodging at no 7. However, unknown to Lydia, a dark mystery haunts 7 Bleeding Heart Square. What happened to Miss Penhow, the middle-aged spinster who owns the house and who vanished four years earlier? Why is a seedy plain-clothes policeman obsessively watching the square? What is making struggling journalist Rory Wentwood so desperate to contact Miss Penhow? And why are parcels of rotting hearts being sent to Joseph Serridge, the last person to see Miss Penhow alive...? Legend has it the Devil once danced in Bleeding Heart Square - but is there now a new and sinister presence lurking in its shadows?
Alison Weir - The Lady in the Tower
Rejecting as myth that Henry VIII, desirous of a son and a new queen, asked his principal adviser Thomas Cromwell to find criminal grounds for executing Anne Boleyn, the prolific British historian Weir (The Six Wives of Henry VIII) concludes that Cromwell himself, seeing Anne as a political rival, instigated one of the most astonishing and brutal coups in English history, skillfully framing her and destroying her faction. Ably weighing the reliability of contemporary sources and theories of other historians, Weir also claims that though perhaps sexually experienced, Anne was technically a virgin before sleeping with Henry. Anne was also, Weir posits, a passionate radical evangelical, with considerable influence over Henry regarding Church reform. Weir wonders if Anne's childbearing history points to her being Rh negative and thus incapable of bearing a second living child. Dissecting four of the most momentous months in world history and providing an eminently judicious, thorough and absorbing popular history, Weir nimbly sifts through a mountain of historical research, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about Henry's doomed second queen. 15 pages of color photos.
Robert Galbraith - The Cuckoo's Calling
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his long-time girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Landry walks through his door with an amazing story. His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, fell, famously, to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rockstar boyfriends, desperate designers, and every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detective novels, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know the world of the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen it investigated by a detective like this one.