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. But the murder of a local glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret papers which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age... (Pan Books)
I'm glad that I watched "The Tudors", otherwise I doubt I would've understood everything that was going on politically but maybe that's beacuse I haven't read the first two novels (I hate it, when it doesn't say "Book three of the ... series" on the cover).
Matthew Shardlake was a wannabe-detective. Instead of just letting the professionals handle the death of the glazier, he has to meddle. It took me five days to read the 650 pages, which is a long time for me ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (800 pages) just took me two days).
Commas are really not Sanom's strong suit, he has a lot of repitions (the same conversations and facts over and over again) and the book lacks of emotions.