fiction crime historical mystery informative mysterious tense medium-paced

634 pages | first published 2010

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Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong. Meanwhile Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. He is asked to investigate claims of 'monstrous wrongs'...
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Summary of 432 reviews

Moods

mysterious 95%
adventurous 69%
dark 65%
tense 47%
informative 43%
challenging 13%
sad 13%
emotional 8%
reflective 8%
inspiring 4%

Pace

medium 70%
slow 25%
fast 4%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 56% | A mix: 43%

Strong character development?

Yes: 68% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 13%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 52% | It's complicated: 33% | No: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 61% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 4% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 9%

Average rating

4.15

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