The reader of this book is extraordinarily good. You would swear there were different people. I like all C.J. Sansome's books. Not only are they exciting in the sense that there is a mystery to be solved, but they are carefully researched and provide the reader with a wonderful portrait of the times. Really scary times, although taking the world as a whole, probably not much worse than what is being endured over this planet today. The Restoration was a brutal era, and Henry VIII was a cruel man. No wonder Catherine Parr was reluctant to wed him. I have become extremely fond of Matthew Shardlake and his cohorts over time. I can see I shall have to read the next in the series to find out what happens to Tamasind and Jack. To say nothing of poor Shardlake himself, whose love life seems destined to be permanently benighted.
C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.