Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book Spotlight - Murder in The Vatican

Murder in The Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

Written by Ann Margaret Lewis

Illustrated by Rikki Niehaus

Category: Mystery

152 pages

Published in August 2010

This book has received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Book Website

Available from Wessex Press
and Ignattius Press

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A sudden death in the Vatican.  An international incident over stolen artifacts.  A priest's wrongful imprisonment for murder.  Follow the great detective as he investigates three baffling cases at the "express desire of his Holiness, the Pope."  In this collection of three of the great detective's untold tales, mentioned in the original Holmes stories, the voices of dr. John H. Watson and the legendary Pope Leo XIII reveal how the great Sherlock Holmes brought three grim ecclesial cases to startling and poignant conclusions.

Included in the book are: the novella "The Death of Cardinal Tosca," in which Sherlock Holmes unravels a murder leading to a plot against the pope's life; a second novella, "The Vatican Cameos," in which Holmes, with the pope at his side, investigates a heft from a Vatican courier that has dire political implications; and the short story "The Second Coptic Patriarch," in which Holmes seeks to clear the name of a priest accused of murder - a priest who is none other than Chesterton's Father Brown!  Each story is faithfully illustrated in the style of a late Victorian fiction magazine by artist Rikki Niehaus.

Born and raised in Waterford, Michigan, Ann Margaret Lewis attended Michigan State University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in English Literature. She began her writing career writing tie-in children’s books and short stories for DC Comics. Most recently she published a second edition of her book, Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species, for Random House.

After attacking the Star Wars universe, Ann plunged into writing science fiction/fantasy, historical fiction, and, of course, mysteries. Her latest book is Murder in the Vatican:The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes published by Wessex Press. She is also co-writing a historical novel entitled Roman which tells the true story of a priest in 1840s southern Indiana who was accused of assaulting a woman in a confessional. 

Ann is a classically trained soprano, and has performed around the New York City area. She has many interests from music to art history, to theology and all forms of literature. She is the President of the Catholic Writers Guild, an international organization for Catholic Writers and the coordinator of the Catholic Writers Conference LIVE. After living in New York City for fifteen years, Ann moved to Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Joseph Lewis and their son, Raymond. Together they enjoy their life in the heartland.

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Anonymous said...

I very pleased to find this website on bing, just what I was searching for : D also saved to my bookmarks .

Stephen Tremp said...

Anyone who attended MSU is A-okay in my book. Go Spartans! Best wishes to Ann for her success!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow...I can't imagine the research Ms. Lewis does! Best wishes to her and her newest book and her upoming one. :)

storyqueen said...

This is a completely cool looking cover! I would pick it p in a heartbeat.


Joylene Butler said...

I love Sherlock. "Murder in The Vatican" is right up my alley. Thanks Susanne.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

The book sounds intriguing, Ann. Congratulations. And you are a singer too. What a nice talent to have.

Enjoyed your review, Susanne.

Talli Roland said...

Wow, that's a busy tour! It sounds like a fantastic book - thank you for the heads up!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susanne and Ann .. thanks - the book does sound extremely interesting .. fascinating seeing some of the workings inside the Vatican.

Jackee said...

What a cool looking book! And she's so diverse in her books pubbed! No brnading or pigeon-holing there. Awesome. Plus, like Sharon, I'm completely impressed by the research she must have to do for each book.

Thanks for sharing about her, Susanne! Have a great week!

Karina Fabian said...

Thanks so much for hosting Ann on her book tour! Ann does do a lot of research and has a real love for Holmes & Watson. I did a mini-review of her book on, and there are several other reviews on the tour.

Karina Fabian

Ann Margaret Lewis said...

Thanks for having me on your blog, Susanne. It's always a joy to meet a fellow Michigander (I know, folks say the "gander" is sexist...but it just sounds better). And you are a gracious host, too!

If anyone has questions about the book, please feel free to email me at annlewis (at)

--Ann Lewis

Susanne Drazic said...

I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by to check out the Book Spotlight post on Murder in The Vatican.

Hi, Ann. I was glad to have my blog be one of the stops on your book tour. I wish you much success!


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