Date finished: August 22, 2016
Year published: 2016
Genre: Mystery, historical fiction
Review: It is 1584 and Fernando Mendoza, a magistrate in Spain, is sent to Aragon to investigate the murder of a priest. He winds up digging into a complicated nest of intrigue in which nothing
is what it seems and everyone is being scapegoated by someone else. The Inquisition is in full force; the Moriscos (Moors who accepted Baptism) are being persecuted and prosecuted; the murdered priest was a bad man; there is suspicion of what would now be known as terrorist activity; one of the main characters is a lesbian who has to desperately hide it..
characters, good writing and a plot that keeps moving are all good
things and I like novels where I learn something. The only flaw is that,
at times, I got lost in the complications of the plot.
About the author: Matthew Carr is a writer and journalist. He has previously written several history books (including Blood and Faith which is about the same period as Devils of Cardona) and a memoir. Devils of Cardona is his first novel.