I peered closely at the ring. "This is where I need Holmes's magnifying glass," I said.
"Or Wilde's eagle eye," my friend countered. "Do you not see a shape in the scratch marks?"
Screwing up my eyes, I saw something. "The outline of a key?" I suggested.
Title:Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders: A Mystery
Paperback: 368 pages; Touchstone
Publication date: May 8, 2012
Book description: Oscar Wilde returns in the historical mystery series, featuring Wilde as the detective aided by his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In 1892 Arthur Conan Doyle, exhausted by his creation Sherlock Holmes, retires to the spa at Bad Homburg. The first person he encounters is Oscar Wilde, and when the two friends make a series of macabre discoveries amongst the fan mail Conan Doyle has brought to answer - a severed finger, a lock of hair and finally an entire severed hand - the game is once more afoot.
The trail leads to Rome, to the very heart of the Vatican. Pope Pius IX has just died. These are uncertain times. To uncover the mystery, Oscar and Conan Doyle must penetrate the innermost circle of the Church - seven men who have a very great deal to lose. (Goodreads)
Author Gyles Brandreth is a well known BBC broadcaster, theatre producer, novelist, biographer. He has written books on Britain’s royal family and a diary of his years as a member of Parliament.
Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary review copy of this book.