After reading two of White's books, I'm having serious doubts about his ability to come up with new story lines. The Borgia Ring follows an almost identical plot. An ancient secret, murders, unneccesary violence and a betrayel at the end (shock horror). Halfway through The Borgia Ring I was able to identify the killer, and halfway through the Medici Secret I was able to identify the killer. Coincidence?
However, I will give credit to his writing. Whilst he may not be able to come up with original storylines (Da Vinci Code wannabe much?) he can certainly paint a picture of a room, or scenario, and his characters seem real enough. Unfortunately, I still cannot see how his books are being accepted by the public. To anyone thinking of reading this book, I highly advise against it.