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  • Tombland

  • By: C.J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle, Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Edward's regent and Protector. In the kingdom, radical Protestants are driving the old religion into extinction, while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland has led to hyperinflation and economic collapse. Rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the lady Elizabeth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book- download in parts

  • By Oh Good Grief on 02-11-19

Huge disappointment in a stellar mystery series

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Reviewed: 02-14-19

I have all the Shardlake Mystery Series books and have re-listened to each book at least once. When Tombland came out I was very excited and could not wait to start. Upon listening, my enthuseum dropped like a rock from a cliff. This was not really a Shardlake mystery as much as the Shardlake charactors were used to explain the enclosures of the common lands in 1949 England.
The book was 37+ hours long, but the "mystery" attention was probably less than two or three hours, the remaining 34+ hours was a history lesson about the cause and justification of the rebellions. All 34+ hours of history lesson could have been cut and the mystery could have still been solved.

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