Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders
from the Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries Series
by Gyles Brandreth
In 1892 an exhausted Arthur Conan Doyle retires to the spa at Bad Homburg with a portmanteau of fan mail. But his rest cure does not go as planned. The first person he encounters is Oscar Wilde and when the two friends make a series of macabre discoveries amongst the letters – 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 Eternal City, the Vatican itself – and to a case that involves miracles as well as murder. To discover why the creator of Sherlock Holmes has been summoned to the Holy See in this sinister fashion, Oscar and Conan Doyle must penetrate the innermost circle of the Catholic Church – and uncover the deadly secrets of the seven men closest to the pope.