Sherlock Holmes Pastiches and Reviews:
"Murder in the Vatican - The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes" by Ann Margaret Lewis.
Reviewed By Scott Harker
Publisher: Gasogen Books, Copyright 2010, First Edition - Trade Paperback.
In several of the Canon stories, there are references to unpublished cases such as the death of Cardinal Tosca. This book reveals the actual stories behind three such references.
The Stories: In "The Death of Cardinal Tosca" Holmes and Watson have traveled to Rome for a brief vacation. But upon their arrival, the detective and his biographer are summoned by Pope Leo XIII to investigate the murder of Cardinal Tosca.
While Holmes investigates, Pope Leo XIII both observes and participates in the events that take place, including going incognito to rescue a woman in danger.
In the story entitled "The Vatican Cameos," Pope Leo XIII tell of his first meeting with Sherlock Holmes, when Holmes is asked to investigate the disappearance of a gift from the Pope to Queen Victoria.
In the finale tale, "The Second Coptic Patriarch," Holmes and Watson are called upon to help the Catholic priest and detective in his own right, Father Brown, who finds himself in jail.
The Writing: Ann Margaret Lewis does a more than adequate job of telling a story - the reader will enjoy these. Note that there is not a lot of action in these stories although the mysteries and the solutions worked out by Holmes are worthy of the detective.
What is most fascinating and makes this an interesting Sherlock Holmes pastiche is the interactions between Sherlock Holmes and Pope Leo XIII. Holmes and Watson get a look into the Catholic Church in a very personal way via the Pope. And the results or insights... I will leave you to discover.
The Rating: ... This collection of three stories has a rating of 4 "Pipes." The reader will enjoy the story as well as the interactions of the characters both fictional and those based on real people.
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