The Death of Cardinal Tosca: An Untold Adventure of Sherlock Holmes (The Dispatch Box of John H. Watson, MD) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 3, 2013
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"Mr Ashton's echoes of Conan Doyle's work build in volume and add resonance and depth to the characters, while not contradicting them. The reader gains insight into Holmes' and Watson's relationship and the relationship between Sherlock and his brother Mycroft. As is consistent with the originals, these insights are just tantalising hints, but careful readers will enjoy them."
"In The Death of Cardinal Tosca: From the Dispatch-Box of John H Watson MD, Hugh Ashton maintains his place as one of the best writers of new Sherlock Holmes stories, in both plotting and style."
- Publisher : Inknbeans Press; First Edition (August 3, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 182 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0615858643
- ISBN-13 : 978-0615858647
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.46 x 8 inches
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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…
The narrative tends to be somewhat klunky and drag. All of the elements are there but it appeared the plot was being stretched out to fill pages. Some parts of the narrative are a little hard to believe including one malodorous aspect that was outside the realm of belief. When you read the book you'll know to what I refer. So this one belongs firmly in the 'Adequate but certainly not awesome' category.
Top reviews from other countries
Pure Holmes and Watson.
Pas de tics Brettiens à déplorer comme dans certains pastiches qui s'inspirent plus de la série Granada que du canon.
Ce petit roman bien dans la lignée des autres pastiches holmésiens de M Ashton est plus abouti cependant que les autres.
Une erreur savoureuse: La soutane du prélat présentée comme pourpre page 47 devient par miracle "sombre" avec des passepoils rouges page 50.