"Once I had been a pupil of the monks; then I had become the enemy of all they stood for. Now I was in a position to delve into the heart of their mysteries and corruption."
Investigating a hideous crime is never easy, particularly when the particulars include - a dangerous monastery setting in the midst of Cromwell's push away from Rome, decapitation and getting around with a hunched back.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dissolution, it certainly transports the reader to another age in a vivid and exciting fashion. The thriller aspect is omnipresent and forced me to continually question, whodunit?
The relationship between lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his off-sider, Mark, is delightful - particularly when they are both distracted by the same comely woman.
Early in the wee hours of this morning when I put this novel down, I went to sleep smiling at just how much I enjoyed reading it. I thought I might be uninterested in a thriller set in a monastery, but then thought back to how much I had also liked The Name of the Rose and decided to give it a try. This particular work is also another tick on the Guardian's 1000 novels you must read list. 5 out of 5 wall to wall sinister monks.