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As a fan of historical mysteries I wonder if you've come across C J Sansom's ongoing series set in the time of Henry VIII? Sansom is now best known for Winter in Madrid, but his first novel was Dissolution. It is set in the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries by the king. Sansom's slueth is a hunchback lawyer brought in to invetigate the gruesome death of a king's commisioner at the monastery of Scarnsea, where he was investigating to bring about its closure and destruction. As the investigations progress, further deaths and crimes emerge. I found it fascinating as a historical fiction and intriguing as mystery. I've just got the next in the series out of the library as an Easter read.


Bookboxed--I've heard of Sansom via his newest book (which I've heard mixed things about but will give it a try eventually). I think I've also seen his mysteries set during the time of Henry VIII--I really do need to try them as they sound just my sort of thing, and I find that period really intriguing. I'll have to look them up and see what's available!


I must get this book!! Oh and I saw that you found the first Jennings book in your stash - yay. I need to give Carola Dunn another try... I started the first book but probably wasn't in the mood for a mystery at the time so I didn't finish it. I think I'd like it though.

Poor child

great! thanks very much for sharing!


Oh, great, you've done it again - idenitified another book that I need to add to my TBR list. It combines my two favorite genre - history and mystery. Now I have a quest to find it - actually, I just did. I requested it from the library via interlibrary loan. I'm really looking forward to it.

Dorothy W.

I've never read a mystery short story, and I'm curious about how it would work -- how can you fit a mystery into a short space? I think of them as requiring time to develop. I'll have to check them out one day!


Iliana--It's a nice dip into the work of authors I don't read. Perhaps I'll find some new series to follow! And I was so happy to find a Maureen Jennings on hand. I only have the one, but I can order the others later. I really like Carola Dunn--she definitely more of a fluffy read rather than hard core murder/crime, but I've really enjoyed her books.
Pamela--Oops--but at least there was no cost involved! :) It's a nice way to check out other mystery authors. I'm looking forward to reading more of the stories. It's amazing what I end up finding in my stash!
Dorothy--I've only read a couple now (this one and one by Ruth Rendell--but that one was more of a novella). This was not at all a full blown mystery, more of a quick crime with a solution that all fit neatly. I'm curious about reading more and seeing how they handle fitting a whole murder into a few pages! I may have to look for that Best of Mystery Writing book (the same company that does essays) now. They're sort of fun and different han a regular short story.


I bookmooched the first two Kate Harrison books from the same woman, and she threw this in as a free extra! So I'm glad you're enjoying it. :)


Eva--It's definitely a nice little collection of stories. And nice to get it as a freebie, since it seems to be OOP.

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