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Tombland

Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

One of the great overlooked historical detective series continues with this mystery for fans of Hilary Mantel, set in a time of great political upheaval in Tudor-era England.

Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos.

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. The gruesome murder of one of Elizabeth's distant relations, rumored to be politically murdered, draws Shardlake and his companion Nicholas to the lady's summer estate, where a second murder is committed.

As the kingdom explodes into rebellion, Nicholas is imprisoned for his loyalty, and Shardlake must decide where his loyalties lie - with his kingdom, or with his lady?

©2019 C.J. Sansom (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"With his customary grace, Sansom places Shardlake's rousing fictional adventures into an authentic historical context." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)

"Marvelous... [A] spellbinding Tudor-era tale of murder, conspiracy and betrayal." (Publishers Weekly)

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Huge disappointment in a stellar mystery series

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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Great book- download in parts

The book lives up to the other wonderful books in the series. The only issue is the missing chapter bug that occurs when it is downloaded as one part. Make sure you download it in parts so you get the entire book. Also, the last 2 HOURS are not part of the book, but are research notes and an “historical essay.”

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Recording is missing a chapter!!

This is a fabulous story and series, and I was so thrilled to read/listen to this new novel, but tragically, when I got to chapter 68 the recording skipped and I missed a whole chapter!! The labeling is at fault here, since the file labeled "chapter 1" is actually the prologue, and then the file labeled "chapter 2" is actually chapter one, and so the numbering of the file is off by 1 from the actual chapter number, all the way up through chapter 68-so-labeled (which is actually chapter 67). Then the file labeled chapter 69 actually is the real chapter 69 - so the recording is missing a critical chapter (the real 68) which contains crucial information in the middle of the story.
There is a way to solve this by downloading the book in sections rather than as a whole (which the tech people walked me through), but that didn't stop me from getting spoilers and having a really confusing time until I figured out what had happened. This is a bug that NEEDS FIXING!! Readers, beware!

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Not the Usual C.J. Sansom

I've read all of the Shardlake novels and enjoyed every one. I eagerly await this one only to find I that I was immensely disappointed. I waded through the book because I hate not to finish a book once I've began, but it took an effort in willpower to keep my mind from wandering. The book went on and on and on with little of no purpose. I love historical novels, and I did learn much about the uprising. However, the knowledge was not worth the boredom in listening to 38 hours of this book.

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Awesome, intriguing, great book.

as always excellent book and wonderful narration. intriguing plot to keep you on your toes.

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Too rambling

And I want to throttle our hero for being such a putz. The story rambled on and on. Obviously well researched, it ceased entertaining me and bored me toward the end. The narrator is very good though.

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Best Shardlake yet!

The pièce de résistance of the Shardlake series. Thorough fleshing out of historical events with a roughly two hour history lesson at the finish. I can never get enough of the exquisite storytelling and narration of Sansom and Crossley.

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And then I walked left to watch the paint dry...

I, too, have loved this series but found the writing very redundant this time. Matthew Shardlake goes to the same characters over and over again to ask them the same questions and gets the same answers. As far as I can tell this is a time filler so that the author can cover each event of Kett's Rebellion. The result is a fair amount of tedium without the story moving forward. The civil unrest of Edward's reign is a generally ignored area, so spending some time on the rebellion is interesting, but this bleeds over into boredom. I also question the evolution of Shardlake from gentleman lawyer to enthusiatic rebel.

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Another great tale

Another fine story richly blended with history and some of the most memorable and beloved characters we have come to know in this series. I can only hope that we may get another.

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Tombland

Loved all prior Matthew Shardlake mysteries, this one is still good but there is WAY too much bad language, not sure why authors think they have to add so much of this, seriously considering stopping where I am and returning this book. GIVE ME THE STORY WITHOUT ALL THE CURSING! I do not say these words and do not like hearing them!