[bra_dropcaps style=”dropcap1″]S[/bra_dropcaps] Sherlock Holmes, a character who can be as mysterious as the mysteries he unravels, has become a bit of a household favorite around here. Over the last few years, my husband and I took to reading through the Sherlock Holmes tales penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We read them everywhere – on long car trips, doctor’s visits, vacations and occasionally “just because”. But, as time went on, we quickly ran out of new stories and resorted to simply watching through the array of T.V. shows offered on Netflix to get another glimpse into the lives of our favorite characters: Mr. Holmes and our most beloved Watson. Recently, I was delighted to find a new penning (and new author) of the stories of Sherlock Holmes: Murder in the Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Ann Margaret Lewis.
[bra_blockquote align=””]But, while reading I realized I was following along two different mysteries being solved by Holmes – one the murder of a bishop, the other, the mystery of God.[/bra_blockquote]
I loved the new mysteries, which took Holmes’ character to Rome to discover the truth behind thefts and murders. Holmes uses his usual logic and cunning to seek out the criminals, at times with the Pope himself as a side-kick. Lewis did a good job of matching the writing style of Doyle and I was able to convincingly follow along the new authors tales as if they were part of the originals. Although, the mysteries were familiar “Holmes style”, I admit there seemed to be a lot more Catholic education and learning about Vatican protocol than there was actual murder mystery solving at times. But, while reading I realized I was following along two different mysteries being solved by Holmes – one the murder of a bishop, the other the mystery of God. Lewis did a great job revealing the mysteries of the church and the crimes with the wit and banter between the Pope and Sherlock Holmes (the banter always my favorite part of a good Sherlock Holmes tale). Overall, I was pleased to read a new take on Sherlock Holmes and add “Murder in the Vatican” to my list of Sherlock Holmes favorites.