Review: The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Title: The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
Author: Richard T. Ryan
Published: 2016
Page Count: 306
Rating: 2/5

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

This book follows two stories and the chapters alternate between each story. The first story takes place in 1901, where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are asked by Pope Leo to retrieve the cameos that were stolen and will cause embarrassment to the church if they are to get out into the public. The second story takes place in 1501, where Michelangelo is asked to create cameos for Pope Alexander. The same cameos that Holmes is later asked to search for, 400 years later.

I quite enjoyed the Sherlock part of the story but I found the Michelangelo parts to be boring and hard for me to push through. I will admit that I have never read a Sherlock story before. I am only familiar with the movie adaptations starring Robert Downey Jr. and I really love those movies. This reads more like a historical fiction rather than a mystery in my opinion. I am no history buff so maybe that’s why I did not enjoy the book as much.

I think that this book was well written but it wasn’t my style. There were also quite a few errors that I’m surprised got past editing but nevertheless, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes AND historical fiction, then I would recommend this book to you. Keep in mind there is adult content.