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Stepping back to the time of the Tudors this month... Summer, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos . . . The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector’s prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King’s death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry’s younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn – a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother – which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake’s former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding Edith's death, as a second murder is committed. And then East Anglia explodes, as peasant rebellion breaks out across the country. The yeoman Robert Kett leads a force of thousands in overthrowing the landlords and establishing a vast camp outside Norwich. Soon the rebels have taken over the city, England’s second largest. Barak throws in his lot with the rebels; Nicholas, opposed to them, becomes a prisoner in Norwich Castle; while Shardlake has to decide where his ultimate loyalties lie, as government forces in London prepare to march north and destroy the rebels. Meanwhile he discovers that the murder of Edith Boleyn may have connections reaching into both the heart of the rebel camp and of the Norfolk gentry . . . Everyone welcome, especially newbies - we're a sociable lot!
Burned plummets the depths of Oslo’s underbelly, skewers the corridors of dirty politics and nails the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. All this plus a string of extremely brutal murders. Thomas Enger’s crime debut, is the first volume in a series of five books featuring the crime reporter, Henning Juul. Each book contains a complete crime story, but an overall mystery runs through the books: who killed Henning Juul’s six-year-old son? It is said that the epic stories of our time are told in the multiple-plot TV series, and now Thomas Enger brings this narrative style to the crime novel. His series is also a detailed portrait of Oslo’s geography, society and history. The story.... A solitary tent is found to contain the body of a half-buried woman. She's been stoned to death. There are lash marks across her back. One of her hands has been cut off. Two years earlier internet reporter Henning Juul lost his son, Jonas, in a domestic fire. As he returns to work, physically and emotionally scarred, Henning struggles to escape this past and to be taken seriously again as a reporter - by his colleagues, his ex-wife and the police. Told to cover the story of the woman in the tent, he finds an increasingly dangerous trail and, despite an early arrest, he is convinced that the story is more complex than the police think... ------------------------------------------------------ New members always welcome, we're a friendly informal bunch. Meetings usually have about 5-10 people attending, so it's not too big. Create Cafe is in the same building as Wakefield's main library. It's a couple of minutes walk from Westgate Station and the station car park is probably the cheapest and nearest option if you're travelling by car. Coffee is decent, as are their scones and lunches. Hope to see you there!
Back to the UK this month and a book by a crime writing duo - I think that's a first for us? The writers are Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, writing under the name Nicci French. Here's a preview of what it's about... Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets ... The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when a picture of his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved child abduction twenty years ago and he summons Frieda to interview the victim's sister, hoping she can stir hidden memories. Before long, Frieda is at the center of the race to track the kidnapper. But her race isn't physical. She must chase down the darkest paths of a psychopath's mind to find the answers to Matthew Farraday's whereabouts. And sometimes the mind is the deadliest place to lose yourself. ------------------------------- As always, new people are always welcome - we're a friendly bunch :o) Create Cafe is in the same building as Wakefield's main library and close to Westgate Station. If you're driving, the station car park is probably the nearest and cheapest option. Hope to see you there!