The Borgia Ring by Michael White (Fiction)

posted 27 Jan 2010, 04:34 by DP Durlston-Powell   [ updated 29 Jan 2010, 09:05 ]
Backcover blurb:

When a blackened skeleton is unearthed on a building site in the City of London, no one can have the slightest idea of its extraordinary link to a plot to assassinate the Queen of England over 500 years ago. But there is one very conspicuous clue. On the index finger of the body's right hand is a gold ring topped with a brilliant, round emerald. DCI Jack Pendragon has just transferred from Oxford to Brick Lane police station - in part to escape his own past. Immediately, he finds himself investigating three particularly gruesome murders. And he will need all the experience he has acquired from two decades on the force to track down a killer for whom an eerie obsession has become total madness. A killer who draws his murderous inspiration from a Renaissance family whose power and cruelty remain a living legend.

My thoughts:

I believe this to be Michael White's third book (Equinox & the Medici Secret being listed at the front of this book) which may go some way to the constant references to Jack Pendragon's back story which adds little or nothing to this book. Indeed, I found the repeated references went from being superfluous, to clumbsy to irritating quite quickly. Unlike many books within this genre, White tries to hide the identity of the killer (unlike the clichéd formula of Dan Brown that has become all too common) until the latter portion of the book. Unfortunately, with a limited cast and some clumbsy plotting, it is obvious very early on who did the murders. From that point on, it's hard to have any empathy with the protagonist and the plot unfolds maddenly slowly.


Alright for a cheap book. I may give White's earlier novels a try, but this has put me off reading his later work.