Matthew Shardlake

14 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,450 ratings

Dissolution Publisher's Summary

This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

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  • Book 1

    • Dissolution

    • A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,698
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,526

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific Story, Writing, and Narration ...

    • By Snoodely on 09-13-13
    • A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Release date: 11-03-11
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,698 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Dissolution

    • Shardlake, Book 1
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

    Regular price: $24.78

  • Book 2

    • Dark Fire

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 975
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 974

    Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award, Dark Fire revisits acclaimed master of historical fiction C. J. Sansom's colorful and rapier-witted lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. Set in 1540, this beguiling tale of murder and mayhem is set against a rich backdrop of medieval London. Here, hunchbacked Matthew Shardlake is called upon to investigate the peculiar case of a young woman accused of murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Murder & Intrigue ~ Lawyers & Psychopaths

    • By Bill on 08-03-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Dark Fire

    • Shardlake, Book 2
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    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 keep 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 . . .

    Regular price: $36.15

  • Book 3

    • Sovereign

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 996
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 820
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815

    Barrister Matthew Shardlake is faced with the most terrifying threat in the age of Tudor England: his own imprisonment in the Tower of London. Harsh autumn winds stir the English countryside as King Henry VIII, along with a thousand soldiers and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, make their way from London to York after a violent uprising.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good mystery

    • By Mike From Mesa on 04-11-13

    Regular price: $48.97

    • Sovereign

    • Shardlake, Book 3
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 20 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in 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.

    Regular price: $40.33

  • Book 4

    • Revelation

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 872
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 673
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 666

    C.J. Sansom's Matthew Shardlake mysteries whisk listeners back in time to the tumultuous court of King Henry VIII. Shardlake has his hands full this time defending a young religious fanatic who has been thrown into Bedlam. On top of that, Shardlake's friend is murdered, and the quest to find the killer leads Shardlake right to the steps of the king's latest romantic conquest, Catherine Parr.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great entertainment!

    • By Fara on 09-25-09

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Revelation

    • Shardlake, Book 4
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 5

    • Heartstone

    • A Matthew Shardlake Mystery
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 871
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 714

    Consistently appearing on US and UK best-seller lists, C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries have earned considerable critical acclaim, including a CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. At the behest of a former servant to Catherine Parr, Shardlake travels to Portsmouth to investigate claims of unspeakable crimes committed upon a young ward of the court. There, Shardlake uncovers disturbing evidence even as England’s continuing war with France rages around him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Matthew Shardlake mystery

    • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-13

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Heartstone

    • Shardlake, Book 5
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel . . .Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs' committed against his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth.

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 6

    • Lamentation

    • By: C.J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638

    Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry's sixth wife - and Matthew Shardlake's old mentor - Queen Catherine Parr.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History Lesson that Goes Down Like Ice Cream

    • By Mark Butterman on 03-14-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Lamentation

    • Shardlake, Book 6
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    Regular price: $30.91

  • Book 7

    • Tombland

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 37 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    The nominal king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent I could not put it down

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-18

    Regular price: $32.71

    • Tombland

    • The Shardlake Series, Book 7
    • By: C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 37 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos...The king, Edward VI, is 11 years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. Radical Protestants are conducting all-out war on the old religion, stirring discontent among the people. The Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages, and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. 

    Regular price: $41.93