The authorChristopher John "C.J." Sansom is a British writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. For more information visit http://cjsansombooks.comThe reviewAnd again a very entertaining book in the Matthew Shardlake series. I continue being amazed with the number of historical facts the author manages to bring in his books. I also like to read the historical notes in the end of the book to see what has been made up and what was real. Though they make clear he tries to keep as close to facts as possible. Still had some problems picking up a nice speed with this book. The beginning was full with details and after reading the first two books I know that any one of them can be important to find out who done it. This means you have to pay a lot of attention to them while reading therefore slowing down. Around two third of the book the pace picked up again when the plot was building up. It is really hard to put down the book when you get to that point. Characters are solid. I do think you need to read the books in order to get a proper idea about the personalities and understand why the characters react like they do. The author seems to try and introduce a new returning character in every book. I do not think the story really needs it though Tamasin could be used easily for some interesting interaction between Barak and Shardlake. I think up till now this book has had the most surprising culprit. In the previous books I was able to find out who done it before the author made it known but in this book I really did not have a clue and was very surprised. What I liked less was the number of situations Matthew got himself in to .. the progress, the boat, York ending up in the Tower, it makes me wonder what bad situations the author still has left for the next two books and frightens me a bit that it will be to extreme. But I am slowly going to move on to Revelation and try to solve that story.