A Papal legate, on a secret mission to England from Rome, is discovered dead. How did he die? And why? Mycroft Holmes, master of many of the secrets of the realm, calls in his younger brother Sherlock to discover the answer to these questions.
When he arrives at the scene of the crime, Sherlock Holmes discovers that the Cardinal's corpse has been moved – inside a locked room. A search for a missing document which may prove to be the clue to this riddle – but Holmes and Watson find themselves caught in a tangled web of mystery and political intrigue as they investigate The Death of Cardinal Tosca.
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About the Author
As well as this title, he has published a dozen volumes of Sherlock Holmes adventures with Inknbeans Press of California, many based on the "untold adventures" referenced in the canon, and all in the style of the originals, which has led some critics to describe him as "the reincarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" and one of the most authentic of the current crop of pastiche writers. Like ACD, he has also written contemporary thrillers, vintage science fiction, and historical adventures, as well as a critically acclaimed volume of short stories about the older generation in Japan, "Tales of Old Japanese". However, he does not play cricket, and though he once grew a moustache, it is by now no more than a fading memory.
Table of Contents
Part I – The Cardinal’s Death
Monsignor Mahoney, The Diogenes Club, London
Lord Ledbury, Ledbury Hall
Cardinal Pietro Tosca, Ledbury Hall
Mycroft Holmes, Whitehall, London
Señor Juan Alvarez, Ledbury Hall
Part 2 – The Willows, Windsor
Mr. James Alderton, Baker-street, London
Mrs. Harriet Alderton, Windsor
Mrs. Wiles, Windsor
Don “Juan Alvarez”, Windsor
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Baker-street, London
Also by Hugh Ashton
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another unrecorded (officially) Case! The Death of Cardinal Tosca from the Dispatch-Box of John H Watson, MD by Hugh Ashton This case is mentioned in passing by Watson in BLAC. Holmes and Watson are summoned to the Diogenes Club by Mycroft. Mycroft is not alone in the Stranger’s Room. He is consulting with Monsignor Mahoney, Secretary to Cardinal Tosca. It seems that Cardinal Tosca, an emissary from His Holiness the Pope, has come to London on church business. An unnamed member of the Royal Family has secretly converted to Roman Catholicism. That is not the problem. The problem is that this person could possibly ascend to the throne. If the news that this Royal has converted to Roman Catholicism over the Anglican Church gets out, it could spell disaster. The Monarch is the head of the Church of England. The resulting chaos could lead to Civil War among the citizens of Great Britain. Cardinal Tosca, by design of both Whitehall and His Holiness, has been staying at the residence of Lord Ledbury. Lord Ledbury is a Catholic, but he doesn’t favor the Pope’s plans. Now, Cardinal Tosca has been murdered. The paper written to His Holiness by this Royal Person has turned up missing. The publication of this paper could start the very war in discussion. This story moves along at a steady pace. There are conspiracies, and there are conspiracies behind those conspiracies. The official stance of Whitehall is to find this letter at any cost. The point of the conspirators is not only to find the letter, but publish it to gain leverage for another cause the Government is trying to squash. I find the story very well written. The twists and turns are what I have come to expect from Hugh Ashton. Often a twist is just a wrinkle leading to another twist. From the abodes of the rich and famous; through the gutters and tenements of the poor; and finally to the comfortable home of the Alderton family in Windsor the trail winds and Holmes is like an hound on the scent! I give the book five stars. Quoth the Raven…