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Revelation by C. J. Sansom
Revelation is the fourth book in C. J. Sansom's Tudor series featuring the amateur detective and lawyer Matthew Shardlake. When an old friend is murdered and the king's coroner appears to be covering it up, Shardlake is determined to find the killer. Just investigating the horrific murder could infuriate King Henry VIII and threaten Shardlake's life. What he discovers, though, is a serial killer bent on committing murders based on prophecies in the Book of Revelation. It will take all his skills to find the murderer and keep his head while he's at it. C. J. Sansom's novel has received positive reviews with the London Times saying, "Sansom's deft sense of dramatic timing takes us effortlessly through this fat, juicy book. For a while we jog along, building up connections, clues, suspense, and then wham, bang we're off at a skimble-scamble gallop. His skill lies not only in plotting and the creation of rounded and memorable characters, but in magicking up a richly textured backdrop: the buildings, weather, stench and clamour of London and Westminster, with their higgledy-piggledy houses, inns and tanneries, brickworks and brothels, even wayside flowers. We feel confident that the Thames did indeed freeze over in 1543. The best Shardlake yet."