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Sherlock Holmes Makes a Cameo at the Vatican

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With his new Sherlock Holmes adventure, The Vatican Cameos, Richard T. Ryan gives us not just a great mystery but sheds light on an intriguing aspect of Italian history. The action alternates between the Victorian era of Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson who travel to Vatican City and the time of Michelangelo who is working on commissions from the Pope.

“A reference to the Vatican cameos is contained at the beginning of The Hound of the vatican-cameosBaskervilles and that segued into another tale of the Borgias in the story of the Black Pearl [in The Adventure of the Six Napoleans]. Since we had a Borgia pope and Vatican cameos I joined the two,”  Ryan told Anthony DiFato, aka Mr. Mystery, in a recent interview.

A Westerleigh resident, Ryan, who is also a Staten Island Advance editor, visited Mr. Mystery in the Lifestyle for the Disabled Concord facility in St. Sylvester’s.

“A good read, it is a well thought out, intricately plotted and thoroughly researched. I would recommend it. It gets the Mr. Mystery seal of approval,” says DiFato.

Listen to the complete interview at the Sound Cloud link below and hear Ryan’s explanation of how he became part of the Conan Doyle legacy and why he admires Holmes.

The book is available as an e-book at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and itunes. The novel has also been released as an audio book at  The hard copy will be published Nov. 7.

Ryan will be signing books at the following venues:

Oct. 27 — Book signing and reading at the Mysterious Book Shop, 58 Warren St., Manhattan, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 11 — Book signing and reading at Barnes & Noble, 2245 Richmond Ave., New Springvile, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 18 — Book signing and reading at the Flagship Brewery, 40 Minthorne St., Tompkinsville, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 — Discussion and signing at Every Thing Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St. Tompkinsville, 7:30  p.m.

  • By Anthony DiFato with Kathryn Carse. Anthony DiFato is Mr. Mystery on Lifestyles Radio, and the Mystery Correspondent for Life-Wire News Service.
  • Photo of Rich T. Ryan and Anthony DeFato by Joseph Jones for Life-Wire News Service.

Find out more at MX Publishing’s The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure page.

Yes is Coming to the St. George

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yesTo all the Yes fans out there. The Yes, the Album Series tour is coming to the Staten Island on Tuesday, August 9.  The band that everybody knows as Yes is coming to the St. George Theatre.  If you want tickets, go to the St. George Theater Website, or go to their box office.  If you want to see the show, have a good time.  They’re going to perform their 1980 album Drama and their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans.  If you want to see Yes, make sure you get there and have a good time.

  • Chris Bungay, reporting for Life-Wire News Service, edited by Edward Gregory.  Originally featured on Lifestyles Radio‘s Totally 80’s Chris Show.

Small Island, Big Dreams – the Music of Karlus Trapp

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One small place that is known for making people’s big dreams come true is a little island called Manhattan. Right across the water from Manhattan is yet another little island called Staten, where people’s dreams also come true. One dreamer who comes from Staten Island is Karlus Trapp.

Trapp recently visited the radio station of Lifestyles for the Disabled for an interview and a performance.  This recording includes the radio premiere of his song “Island Boy,” which talks about growing up on Staten Island and people’s assumptions. Trapp started his musical career at the early age of five, when he started taking piano lessons. Since then, his love of music had continued to grow.  By the age of eleven, he and his friends had started to teach themselves how to play the guitar. Now Trapp plays both the acoustic and amplified guitar. Describing his style, he says, “It’s Karlus Trapp music. I’m influenced by the music of Kansas City and California and England, Motown, the Beatles, New Orleans, rock and roll, jazz from the 30’s, so my music can’t be classified.”

Today, Trapp plays his music around the Island and the New York City area. He can be seen performing at Staten Island’s Burrito Bar and Bayou Restaurant as well as at many local events, including weddings, festivals, and other parties.  You can find more information on Trapp online at Listen to Trapp’s interview at the Lifestyles Audio Vault on SoundCloud.  

– Gregory Perosi with Teresa Cannon for Life-Wire News Service

Autism Insights, part II: Research into Autism

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Published on May 1, 2015

Autism Insights II: Dr. Ted Brown, Dir., Institute for Basic Research, Staten Island, NY, discusses the research into autism and the work of IBR. In an interview by our Steven Filoramo, learn the latest on autism and aspergers and more.

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