Murder in the Vatican

Murder in the Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

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.” Stories include “The Death of Cardinal Tosca,” “The Vatican Cameos,” and “The Second Coptic Patriarch.” You’ll encounter baffling crimes, rich, historical settings, and a fateful encounter with Father Brown! These thrilling tales of murder and intrigue vividly bring to life three of Watson’s “untold tales.”

Available at and Wessex Press.

Reviewer comments:

“Engagingly written!”

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

“Even the casual reader of the Canon comes away noting that several of Holmes’s unpublished cases have to do with the Catholic Church. Lewis runs with this ecclesiastical hook, giving us a decent dose of Baker Street and three good mysteries, and even throws in a meeting with G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown. In addition, Rikki Niehaus illustrates the book with delightful period-style pen-and-inks.”

The Baker Street Journal

“[Murder in the Vatican] rawks. I liked it so much I offered it the greatest and most conflicting-to-authors compliment I could pay it: I passed it along as a gift to somebody else (in this case, Fr. Shane Tharp). ‘Greatest’ because the highest compliment you can pay a book is ‘Hey! You gotta read this!’ ‘Conflicting’ because, of course, pass-along readership means ‘readers who don’t pay you for your work.’ “

–Mark Shea, Catholic author and blogger

“Some of the best fans to follow in Conan Doyle’s footsteps are Nicholas Meyer, August Derleth, Denis Green, and Anthony Boucher. With the publication of Murder in the Vatican, Ann Margaret Lewis can join the ranks of authors who have provided worthy additions to the adventures of Holmes and Watson.”

–Chris Chan, American Chesterton Society

“A lot of fun.”

–Mark Brumley, CEO of Ignatius Press, “Best Books I Read in 2010”

“From page one I was instantly immersed in the stories and even better I was never thrown out of the story because of some inconsistency.  I felt these were truly Sherlock Holmes stories and I got the same enjoyable feeling from these as I did originally from the stories. “

–Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

“Sherlock Holmes: The Church Mysteries [retitled]is a welcome addition to Catholic-themed literature and to literature in general. As is the way with well-written books, it would be perfect for reading aloud at night by a roaring fire. I recommend it for all ages, especially for those who can never get enough of the one and only Sherlock Holmes.”

–Elena Maria Vidal, Tea at Trianon

“A collection of three stories, it is a delightful, enjoyable read from start to finish, beautifully written with characters who are familiar yet unique in the setting of this book. Lewis captures well the essence of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books.”

–Ellen Hrkach,