Skip to main content

Book Review: Dissolution by C.J. Sansom

In Tudor England Lord Cornwell Thomas is dedicated to finish the corrupt monasteries. He sends Matthew Shardlake for an investigation in the Scarnsea monastery in Sussex, of South Coast England. Matthew’s predecessor, Robert Singleton, has been murdered in the same monastery.

Shardlake’s assistant Mark Poer, a young man for penchant for females, falls in love with a girl called Alice, who helps monks in the infirmary. On his way, Matthew discovers that monks have been involved into selling lands and sexual misconducts. This evidence comes into the picture when the sword (by which Robert was killed) and a young girl’s corpse was found in the marsh in the back of the monastery. The dead girl was accused of running away by stealing gold chalices. But in real she was killed by a monk in a lust for sexual pursuit.

Monks’ lives around monasteries have been involved in all aspects that were either forbidden or illegal, such as - sexual misconduct, embezzlement, treason – monks and abbots are involved into corrupt things and each with different reasons. No one comes close to provide hint of Singleton’s murder puzzle.

The methods of investigation were logical and based on the use of knowledge, unlike forensic reports in modern crime thrillers. Purely a historical mystery novel – description of tidbits of that era guarantees that Sansom is a good historian - as he holds a PHD in History.

Matthew is a flawed human being, unlike other crime novels where inspectors or investigators are far superior to criminals and almost brimming with perfection. Despite a flaw in his physique, he solves every challenge with a veritable ken.  

Despite all efforts of investigation, Shardlake discovers that monks didn’t kill the commissioner but the girl Alice, who runs away with Shardlake’s assistant Mark Poer. The killing was based on personal revenge, had nothing much to do with monks’ secrecy. 


Popular posts from this blog

Poem Summary: Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. Short Summary: This poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore during pre-independence days, when India was a colony of the British. The underlying theme of the poem is absolute freedom; the poet wants the citizens of his country to be living in a free state. According to the poem, we see that the poet is expressing his views there should be a country, like where people live without any sort of fear and with pure dignity…they should

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Among all Ruskin Bond books, The Blue Umbrella has, so far, gathered immense applaud from readers and critics alike.  This is a short novel, but the kind of moral lessons it teaches to us are simply overwhelming. This is a story of Binya, a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them well-groomed and rich. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella. The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation fo

Character Sketch of Binya from ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond

The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond is a popular children’s story. It features Binya as the main character, though there are other important characters as well, but the story revolves around Binya and her little beautiful umbrella. The story is widely popular among children, thus it has also been included in the schools’ syllabus all across the country. Since it is often taught in the school, thus the character sketch of Binya is often demanded by students from year to year. Character Sketch of Binya from The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond Binya is the main character of the novel ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond. Her full name is Binyadevi. As in the hills or anywhere in India it is a kind of trend to call children with their short nicknames. Binya’s elder brother’s name is Bijju, whereas his real name is Vijay. Binya aged eleven is a hilly girl. She lives with her small family in the hills of Garhwal. Her father died when she was two years of age. For sustenance, the