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Friday, August 17, 2012
Sherlock Holmes Goes to Rome
Because of my own theological bent, I have long been interested in "the sudden death of Cardinal Tosca -- an inquiry which was carried out by him [Holmes] at the express desire of His Holiness the Pope" (BLAC) and the case of the Vatican cameos (HOUN).
Many writers have offered their own versions of these tales. I myself have written "The Adventure of the Vatican Cameos," a present-day mystery solved by Lynda Teal on her honeymoon. It will be published in a forthcoming book.
Ann Margaret Lewis had the brilliant idea of putting these two Holmes adventures together with "The Two Coptic Patriarchs" (RETI) in a book called Murder in the Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.
The resulting volume is an excellent trio of mysteries, reflecting a deep knowledge of the source material and written with a convincingly Watsonion touch. And without quite stealing the show, Pope Leo XIII comes across as a well-drawn and delightful character. In "The Vatican Cameos" he even stands in for Watson to tell the tale! Another famous detective makes, let us say, a cameo appearance as well.
The author told me that she may write some stories with Pope Leo solving mysteries in and around the Vatican. Amen to that idea!
Posted by Doctor Dan at 12:00 AM