I have just finished reading the historical fiction and murder mystery, Dissolution by C.J. Samson. I would give this 4.5 stars. I enjoyed the writing and learning about this period in history, the Reformation. Dissolution is about dissolving the old way of life and making way for the new. Unfortunately, some of the deceit and cruelty of the old way of life carried over into the new life. Historically, the Dissolution of the Monasteries was a time when King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries initially by forcing the monks to surrender the monasteries and later by encouraging the monks to voluntarily surrender the monasteries to the king . The monasteries were considered places of deceit, idolatry, and fraud. Thomas Cromwell, the King's chief secretary and vice general was determined to tear down the buildings, destroy the relics, and seize the land and give it to his cronies. We will be discussing this book at our book club meeting this month. This is a reading guide that we use.
I have two books I want to read next. I enjoyed the hunchbacked astute lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, and would like to read the next book in the series, Dark Fire. However, I also want to read the latest Louise Penny murder mystery, The Beautiful Mystery, and coincidentally the setting for that novel is a monastery in Canada. The monks in Dissolution were Benedictine monks and in Penny's story they are Gilbertine monks founded by St. Gilbert. My reading list is getting longer and longer.