Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel (Holt)
Mantel follows her Man Booker prize-winning Wolf Hall with the further exploits of Thomas Cromwell. In this, the second of a proposed trilogy, an older, tired, and more powerful Cromwell has to get Henry VIII out of another heirless marriage. Seeing Cromwell manipulate and outsmart the nobles who look down on him while moving between his well-managed domestic arrangements and the murky world of accusations and counteraccusations is pure pleasure.