C.J. Sansom Message Board
Jeremy Goldsmith posts on 1/1/2012
Jeremy Goldsmith has just written a review of Dissolution which you can see here
Rosie posts on 4/20/2007 1:25:34 PM
I bought Sovereign first and then realised there were earlier books in the sequence and bought Dissolution which I have just finished.
It is a very long time since I read a book which created in my mind, almost from the first page, such a convincing picture of life in a previous age. Peopled with believable and varied people, some of whom you like, many you do not. Sounds, smells, sights, tastes, sensation, speech, all convincingly drawn and adding up to an enthralling read. Dark Fire is ordered - while I wait, I shall do that rarest of things for me, I shall turn back to the beginning of Dissolution and read it again immediately, just to immerse myself again in Tudor England! Absolutely enthralling - I look forward immensely to the other books.
vickie shaw posts on 3/23/2006 1:02:57 PM
When I grabed Dark Fire from the shelf at the library, I didn't know it was part of a series. I liked it som much I'm going to read the first next. I hope that you will continue to create more Matthew Shardlake books. I have never read a more compelling story than this and the people in it make it so real. Thank You
Alan J. Bishop posts on 12/21/2005 4:46:15 AM
Sorry, Michel, but I think you have the wrong "Dissolution". The one we're discussing is by C.J. Sansom and not a "Guy". There is certainly no mention of Canada since it is a fiction set in Tudor England ... and no one mentions Canada. Perhaps you're reading a historical text book?
Michel Bilodeau posts on 12/20/2005 12:21:48 PM
I am currently reading Dissolution in French and found what I think is an historical error. In chapter 17, Guy says that until recent times a man from Canada or any European country could enter a church in England and feel at home.
That is impossible since there was no white man in Canada in 1557. Canada was discovered in 1534 but there were no Europeans living there until 1608 when Quebec was funded.
Barbara posts on 6/22/2005 12:13:28 PM
I'm one of those historical novel buffs who has the encyclopedia, and now my laptop, close at hand to check out facts in whatever book I'm reading. You are so incredibly accurate with your historical data that I feel I am actually in the historical period. In "Dark Fire" I could almost smell the Thames and feel the oppressive heat of London (but perhaps that's because I live in Houston and am very familiar with that kind of heat). I will certainly look forward to reading more of your wonderful writings.
Eleanora McKenzie posts on 3/2/2005 7:24:40 PM
Just wanted to let you know how much i enjoyed reading Dissolution and Dark Fire. Have never read a historical mystery before, and liked Matthew Shardlake's character, am hoping he will have many more adventures. I have always been facinated with that particular period.
Luis Villalba posts on 2/17/2005 4:50:53 PM
I also wanted to thank Mr Sansom for his second book which I am enjoying as much and Dissolution. By coincidence, these days I received a complete recording of the music of Thomas Tallis by Chapelle du Roi. The fourht volume "Music for a Reformed Church" seems unbeatably atmospheric accompaniment to brother Shardlake's adventures.
michael dodd posts on 2/14/2005 5:44:05 PM
Just a note to say thank you for writing Dark Fire. I've read many brilliant books over the years but have never been inclined to say thank you. Along with Dissolution I have had many hours of pleasure reading your books. I hope you publish again in the same genre.
Thank you and Best wishes... Michael
Tony Dobrowolski posts on 1/21/2005 2:32:50 PM
DISSOLUTION ranks as one of the best period mysteries I've ever read. I haven't been so riveted by a mystery since THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Like a host of readers (I am sure) I await the further adventures of Matthew Sharldlake.
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the posters.