“… The story is crafted not only in the style of Sherlock’s creator, but rife with all the trappings, starting with the character traits of Holmes and Watson and their procedural approach to problem solving, on to the imaginative means of maneuvering around inevitable hurdles, and down to minutia that makes the storytelling indisputably authentic…
Ryan has captured not only Holmes’ voice but the pattern of his thinking process and logic, and the mystery is laced with an abundance of Holmes’ trademark characteristics and arcane knowledge. (Holmes displaying an encyclopedic knowledge of the Vatican’s architecture, for instance.)
At the story’s center is a papal primer that provides the reader with a cultural history of the political struggle between Church and State.
Watson’s narrative perfectly captures Holmes’ arrogance and trademark knowledge of the obscure. Once you’ve read “The Vatican Cameos,” you’ll find yourself eager awaiting the next in Ryan’s series.
As am I.”
Reviewed by Fran Wood
The Vatican Cameos is available for from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks(iPad/iPhone). Also available on Audible.